Play Of The Day: With just over five and half minutes remaining in the game and the Seahawks leading by 7, Marcus Trufant fielded a Todd Collins heave-ho and returned the ball 78 yards to the house to spot the Seahawks a double digit lead, and effectively put the game on ice. Special credit goes out to Santana Moss who made absolutely no effort to tackle Trufant after the interception.
Handouts to the Standouts: Patrick Kerney was a one man wrecking
crew blowing up double and triple teams to be a constant presence in the
Leroy Hill was a force of nature at the linebacker position absolutely steamrolling FB Mike "Pump Up The Volume" Sellers on his way to collecting one of the Seahawks four sacks on the night. In addition, Hill made his usual big impact plays in the running game.
Marcus Trufant not only made the play of the day, he also made several other huge plays in coverage, not the least of which was knocking down a Todd Collins pass to Santana Moss on 4th down.
Things That Made Me Go "Blech": How in the world do you allow a team to recover a 60-yard kickoff?
Mike Holmgren displayed
more questionable clock management skills by allowing too much time to elapse
at the end of a second down play at the end of the first half before calling
a timeout. If he'd been a bit quicker on the trigger finger, the Seahawks
might have been able to kick a last second field goal that would have put
The Seahawks remained true to their pass first philosophy only rushing the ball on occasion to keep the Redskins defense honest. Even so, Leonard Weaver managed to score on a beautiful first-quarter draw play from 18 yards out. Once Weaver hit the secondary, he outran the Redskin linebackers and safeties to the corner of the end zone. The Hydrant has wheels, folks.
The much-maligned offensive line played a solid game, surrendering just one sack on play where Matt Hasselbeck held the ball waaaay too long in the pocket, and managing to at least hold the line on running plays.
In general, the play of the offense was substandard by Seahawks standards although they came through when they had to have it. Still, one hopes for a bit more consistency from the unit in the hostile confines of Lambeau Field next weekend.
Defense: The Seattle Defense was rock solid
in all facets of the game. Marcus Trufant and Jordan Babineaux both returned
interceptions for touchdowns, and Patrick Kerney was simply a force of nature
at defensive end. Julian Peterson, Lofa Tatupu and Leroy Hill all registered
tackles for losses in the running game, and Peterson and Hill both contributed
one sack each to the teams 4-sack total. Things looked like they might be unraveling
when, for reasons only known to him, John Marshall called off the dogs to
start the second half and defense immediately surrendered two touchdowns.
But soon the blitzes were back on, Todd Collins was taken out of his comfort
zone, and two game icing interceptions would follow. One hopes that
Special Teams: The kicking game was fantastic,
with Josh Brown knocking both of his field goal attempts through the uprights,
one from 50 yards out. Ryan Plackemeier may not have the strongest leg in
the NFL, but his well placed short kicks kept the Redskins pinned back deep
in their own territory more often than not. Nate Burleson did a fine job
in the return game, but once again, the Seahawks kickoff coverage was poor
at best. Late in the second half, only an illegal block in the back penalty
The Golden Microphone Award: Kudos to Tom Hammond and Cris Collinsworth who offered up the best booth coverage of Seahawks
game in the 2007-2008 season to date. One has to wonder why
Roger Goodell has to breathing a huge sigh of relief that the Seahawks won the game after watching the officials butcher a fumble call in the second quarter. The ruling on the field was fumble and Seahawks ball when Joe Gibbs threw the red challenge flag. After talking with Gibbs, the referees reversed their call and called the play an incomplete pass. Gibbs got to have the play overturned without even using a challenge.
On the Seahawks go-ahead
drive in the fourth quarter, Nate Burleson toasted ex-Seahawks cornerback
Summary: The Seahawks won their fourth straight post-season game at Qwest Field and they did it with a dominant defensive effort. Every layer of the defense played solid ball for sixty minutes and bailed out a very mediocre offensive effort.
Next Week: Rematch on the Frozen Tundra.
Dylan is a die-hard Seahawks fan trapped
in Eagles Country and firmly believes that "Live At Leeds" is the single greatest
live performance since a deaf Ludwig Van debuted his final symphony in