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Yet Again…Another Flat Postseason Effort for the Seahawks

It started out as great as it possibly could have for the Seahawks, as they scored 1 points in the first five minutes of the game, seemed to have all the momentum and emotion going their way, and looked poised to land a major upset in the first game of the divisional round.  Then they simply vanished for the remaning 50 minutes of their eventual 42-20 loss to the Packers Saturday in the blizzard-like conditions at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

The blame for the teams latest and final egg of the 2007 season can be spread around all over the place.  From a running game that faltered all season long, and even more so on Saturday, to a defense that could not stop a running back who sat the bench to start the season.  It was all frustrating to watch.  What maybe was the worst part was this was the same Hawks team that last week seemed ready to take the next step after their solid 35-14 win against the Redskins at home.  The same Hawks team that showed plenty of emotion the first five minutes. The same Hawks team that a lot of experts around the league picked to upset the Pack. It was all not meant to be.

The blame in my mind has to start with a running game that never got off the ground the whole season.  For as well as this team ran the ball two years ago in their Super Bowl run to Detroit, they were simply awful this year.  They need help bad on their offensive line (Alan Faneca?), and had better work on that in the draft as well as in free agency.  Saturday they ran for a whole 28 yards on 18 carries, simply terrible for a team that needed to keep the ball out of Brett Favre’s hands.

Then there’s the defensive line and linebackers.  They were simply put to rest by a Packers O-line that did a great job opening holes for Grant, and protecting Favre and giving him plenty of time to look downfield and throw.  What happened to the team last week that pressured Todd Collins and stuffed Clinton Portis and the Skins running game?  Nowhere to be found Saturday.

So while it will be another long offseason, the team is going to have to live with what has been a trend the last few years, faltering in a playoff game vs a team that many felt they could beat.  It’s becoming a trend that is getting more and more frustrating to watch year after year.


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