This will be a weekly article series throughout the season looking back on what happened for the Seattle Seahawks 40, 30, 20, and 10 years ago this week. We’re at the point where the only season to write about is 2013…not that I’m complaining!
40 Years Ago
Finished with a record of 11-8, losing in the AFC Championship game.
30 Years Ago
Finished with a record of 6-10, missed playoffs.
20 Years Ago
Finished with a record of 10-7, losing in the NFC Wild Card round.
10 Years Ago
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Here we go, the first playoff game for the 2013 squad and it’s a rematch against the high-powered New Orleans Saints! The fireworks started in warmups when Jimmy Graham and Bruce Irvin got into a verbal altercation. Apparently, Graham was warming up in Seattle’s area and Bruce asked him to move. When Graham declined, Bruce knocked the ball out of his hand and punted it across the field. “Who the f—k is Jimmy?” indeed!
This game also marked the much-anticipated re-debut of Percy Harvin, who hadn’t played since his revenge game against the Minnesota Vikings nearly two months prior. Dude knows how to pick ‘em.
New Orleans got the ball on offense first and Seattle forced a three-and-out to give their offense the ball. The Seahawks got their lone first down of the drive via an unnecessary roughness penalty and only managed a 38-yard FG from Stephen Hauschka to take the 3-0 lead. The Saints drove within FG range on their next possession, but the usually reliable Shayne Graham missed a 45-yard FG. The Seahawks got 3 more points off the leg of Hauschka with a 49-yard FG to take the 6-0 lead. Seattle’s defense gave their offense the ball back a few plays later when Michael Bennett forced a fumble on Mark Ingram and recovered the ball at the New Orleans 24 yard line. After Percy Harvin gained 9 yards on a run, Marshawn Lynch took it in from 15 yards away for the 13-0 lead early in the 2nd Quarter. Both teams traded punts on their next drive and New Orleans took over on offense again. Seeking some kind of spark, they went for it on 4th down, but Seattle was having none of that and forced the turnover on downs. The Seahawks drove down to the Saints 3 yard line before actually losing yardage and settling for a 26-yard Hauschka FG and the 16-0 lead. Seattle’s defense held serve and both teams headed to the locker room for halftime.
The 3rd Quarter contained three Jon Ryan punts, one Thomas Morstead punt, and another turnover on downs by the Saints. New Orleans finally got something going on offense at the end of that quarter and scored early in the 4th Quarter on a 1-yard rushing TD by Khiry Robinson. Mark Ingram converted the two-point try and it was now a one-score game at 16-8. After three punts, the Saints took over on offense again and made their way into FG range before Shayne Graham missed a 48-yard FG, his second shank of the game. Seattle was sick of screwing around and Marshawn Lynch broke a 31-yard TD run to extend the lead to 23-8 with about 3 minutes remaining. The Saints “marched” right down the field on the next drive with Drew Brees throwing a 9-yard TD pass to Marques Colston to pull closer at 23-15 with 32 seconds left. All the Seahawks had to do was recover the onside kick…so of course the Saints got the ball! Thankfully, they didn’t get past midfield and Seattle would be hosting the NFC Championship game!
Russell Wilson was 9/18 for 103 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT. Marshawn Lynch had 28 carries for 140 yards and 2 TDs. With this game and the Beastquake, he must cause nightmares for every Saints fan! Doug Baldwin was the leading receiver with just 30 yards. Percy Harvin had 3 catches for 21 yards and a concussion, blue-balling us once again.
Michael Bennett had 0.5 sack, 1 FF, and 1 FR. Cliff Avril shared the other 0.5 sack with his line mate and also had 1 FF that was recovered by the Saints.
Here are the full playoff results for the week:
A Seattle vs. San Francisco rubber match for the NFC Championship? I wonder if that game will be any good…