With the New Orleans Saints’ Wild Card win over the Philadelphia Eagles, the Seattle Seahawks are guaranteed to host the Saints next week. The Carolina Panthers get to deal with the winner of the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers, and this whole situation could not be more perfect for the Seahawks.
Drew Brees threw two picks this evening and is infamous for being unable to play well in cold weather. Seattle will be a chilly place next week, and so he’ll likely struggle just as much as he did when New Orleans last visited CenturyLink Field.
Mark Ingram picked up just under 100 rushing yards in Philly to aid Brees, but Seattle’s defense is not going to allow that kind of success to Mark Ingram, nor Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles. It’ll all be on Brees next week, and I think the 12th man remembers all too well how the Legion of Boom fared defending the pass. If you’re like me, you grin at the recollection of that memory.
As much as I love this Divisional Round match for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, I’m a little disappointed in Philadelphia. Even though Seattle would face a tougher opponent had they won, I still kind of wish that the Eagles had won. I didn’t expect Philadelphia to get farther than the Wild Card, but I thought they could have taken care of business in their own chilly house against a dome team who struggles on the road. Ah well, it works out better for Seattle anyway.
I should be quick not to discount the Saints next week in Seattle. The playoffs bring out the best in teams, usually, and this game next week likely will not play out how it did during the regular season. We’ll definitely see some similarities, but the 12th man should not expect a 34-7 demolishing. I see Seattle taking this game next week, certainly, but I don’t want to write New Orleans off completely. They will definitely put up more of a fight.
In any event, Seattle fans should definitely still watch some football tomorrow. I suggest cheering on the Packers as they host the red-hot 49ers. It’s going to be a cold one, and the 49ers could struggle against Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, and the rest of the Packers. How great would this weekend be if Green Bay shocked San Francisco? Gosh, what a weekend that would be for Seattle- getting the ideal match-up for themselves, and the hated 49ers getting knocked out. Saying it out loud is music to my ears.