On Saturday afternoon, the NFL’s divisional play-offs kicked off with a game between the Saints and the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.
The game was touted as a rematch of the December 2 meeting of the two teams on Seattle’s home field, a 34-7 drubbing of the supposedly formidable New Orleans team. If anything the scales had tipped even further in Seattle’s favor with the activation of star receiver Percy Harvin and one of the rainiest gamedays on record, a bad omen for the domed-home Saints squad.
Despite Harvin’s early exit and a late surge by the Saints, the conditions, soaked-yet-roaring 12th Man, and a dominating game from running back Marshawn Lynch sealed a 23-15 victory for the Seahawks. The Saints go marching home and the Seahawks move into the NFC Championship against the rival 49ers, who beat the No. 2 seed Carolina Panther 23-10 on Sunday. See the sights of the big win here. For analysis on the play that sealed the deal, read Seth Kolloen’s latest Sportsball column here.
Here’s to another decisive, but perhaps a little dryer, victory. Go Hawks!