Sunday, October 15, 2006

Seattle 30, St. Louis 28

Seattle's heroes: Seahawks billionaire owner Paul Allen and kicker Josh Brown.

I just lost a significant portion off the end of my life due to a stressful but fun divisional showdown in St. Louis:
  • The Rams dominate the first half 21-7
  • The Seahawks storm back to 27-21 in the fourth quarter
  • Lofa Tatupu grabs a potentially game winning interception
  • Maurice Morris has a potentially game costing fumble
  • Torry Holt with an amazing catch for a potentially game winning touchdown
  • Matt Hasselbeck with the game winning drive and John Brown with the game winning kick
  • Whew.

random thoughts...

  • Last season, Seattle was 2-2 going into St. Louis and won a come from behind 37-31 victory without starting receivers Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram. That game ignited the eleven game winning streak shooting the Seahawks into the Super Bowl.
  • Today, Seattle went into St. Louis without Bobby Engram, tight end Jerramy Stevens, and MVP running back Shaun Alexander. This makes the win even more impressive.
  • Matt Hasselbeck, without a rushing attack for much of the game and protected by a shaky offensive line, leads comebacks from 21-7 at halftime and 28-27 with 64 seconds remaining and 0 timeouts. What a stud.
  • Josh Brown is also a stud. The last three Seahawks scores come from 49, 49, and 54 yards away.
  • A special thanks to the New England Patriots for Deion Branch. The trade paid its first dividends today: 6 catches, 76 yards, 2 touchdowns.
  • The Rams did a great job in pressuring Matt Hasselbeck. On the final drive, however, they never rushed more than their four down lineman. Why abandon what had been working for most of the game? If you give great quarterbacks such as Hasselbeck time, they will burn you.
  • Stevens and Alexander should be back next week. With Hasselbeck and his receivers looking this good and if the offensive line can get used to working together and improve, I can easily see the Seahawks stringing together another winning streak.