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Hasselbeck gives Seattle one to remember

Matt Hasselbeck

Matt Hasselbeck may have saved his best for last.

Sure, Seattle’s NFC Championship game win over the Panthers was more meaningful.   But Saturday’s 272-yard, four touchdown masterpiece against the defending champion Saints is one Hasselbeck will savor forever.

The win shows Hasselbeck transformed from an inconsistent young quarterback to a true student of the game.  He picked apart the Saints’ weak links.  With centerfielder Malcolm Jenkins out, Hasselbeck repeatedly picked on strong safety Roman Harper and cornerback Patrick Robinson.   Aging safety Darren Sharper was beat on a bomb to Mike Williams to start the second half.

Hasselbeck knew exactly where to go with the ball all night, and dropped the ball into tight windows.  It was a reminder he can still sling the ball when he gets a little protection.

This was Hasselbeck’s tenth playoff game in an underrated career.   He’s widely expected to leave via free agency after the season, and just made himself some money Saturday.)

His era will be remembered fondly in Seattle, but the last three consecutive seasons were miserable.  Hasselbeck suffered through three different head coaches.  He was often hurt, played with a terrible supporting cast, and became a turnover machine with 34 touchdowns and 44 interceptions.

It was all worth it have a night like the one he did Saturday.

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36 Responses to “Hasselbeck gives Seattle one to remember”
  1. jshawaii22 says: Jan 8, 2011 9:32 PM

    This is going to be a tough call for the all the ‘Hawks fans. Up to two weeks ago it was “nice year’s in Seattle, Matt… thanks for the memories… good riddence!!!”

    Now, you’ve got us all thinking… Not! we didn’t go 7-9 and 4-12 because you had a bad team around you. You stunk up the joint! —

    But you’re better then Charlie, so we’re screwed either way!

    js

  2. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 8, 2011 9:39 PM

    Seabirds to The Big Game™!

    Tastes like fish.

    Now, Rex and the Goys ride the flaming wreckage Lego plane into Indana and the Temple of Doom.

  3. stylzinc says: Jan 8, 2011 9:39 PM

    THIS HAS TO BE THE BEST PLAY IN SEATTLE SEAHAWKS HISTORY!… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEB2llpY2_w

  4. buffordtjustice says: Jan 8, 2011 9:40 PM

    Alex Flanigan is beautifull!!

  5. awestcave says: Jan 8, 2011 9:45 PM

    One of the more underrated QBs of the last decade. Hidden away in the Pacific Northwest. Always been a Hasselbeck fan. Congrats to him on a great game.

  6. leamer says: Jan 8, 2011 9:46 PM

    Sign him. The offensive play-calling was the problem this year.

  7. help me says: Jan 8, 2011 9:47 PM

    To all the people that were crying about re-seeding?

    Suck it.

    Seattle also says screw you.

    Leave the playoffs the way they are.

    You win your division and your in. Period.

  8. johntonioholmes says: Jan 8, 2011 9:59 PM

    “This was Hasselbeck’s tenth playoff game in an underrated career. ”

    Not to take this win away from him, but he as been a horribly overrated quarterback during his entire career.

    With the exception of the 2008-2009 Cardinals (barely) the last competitive team to come out of the NFC West was the 2001 Rams–Seattle was an AFC west team, then.

    So Matt has never really played in a competitive division, let alone conference. I might be wrong, but I think he only has one season with double digit wins. And he plays in a high percentage passing offense and still produces mediocre numbers–and that’s at the very top of his game..

    I would HATE to have him as my qb. He’s not good enough to win, but he’s just good enough to keep him around forever. His departure will be a blessing for Seattle.

    With that being said, he played the best game of his career against a pretty overrated, banged up, and altogether not that good Saints defense.

  9. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 8, 2011 10:00 PM

    That Lynch straight arm needs to be an
    animated gif. Right now.

    At long last, some karmic balance for
    Bo vs the Boz?

  10. sixthtoe says: Jan 8, 2011 10:01 PM

    Do you think Rex would be tunred on even if I have six toes?

  11. nokoolaidcowboy says: Jan 8, 2011 10:01 PM

    Give Hassle his due, the guy brought his “A” game. And that 67 yard TD run was a dagger in heart for the Aints.

    WHO DAT?

  12. hobartbaker says: Jan 8, 2011 10:26 PM

    I doubt Hasselbeck will ever stop being an “inconsistent” QB, but he stopped being a “young” one about 15 years ago.

  13. fthrvic says: Jan 8, 2011 10:33 PM

    Cardinals handed the Aints a loss this year too, won two less games than the Seahawks, missed the playoffs and secured a top 5 pick. Good luck with that Seahawks. Hasselbeck just drove up the price himself tonight and you’ll still be picking at the bottom of the draft.

  14. tatum064 says: Jan 8, 2011 10:51 PM

    Now, Rex and the Goys ride the flaming wreckage Lego plane into Indana and the Temple of Doom.
    ==========================
    Jets up14-13….

    thats why they play the game.

  15. worsethingss says: Jan 8, 2011 10:59 PM

    #
    deepbacksidedig says: Jan 8, 2011 10:00 PM

    That Lynch straight arm needs to be an
    animated gif. Right now.

    At long last, some karmic balance for
    Bo vs the Boz?
    ______________________________________

    Amen.

  16. vikesfansteve says: Jan 8, 2011 11:00 PM

    Saints had refs help to get to the Super Bowl last year. Had refs help in the Super Bowl. They can only win with the refs. Glad the tainted title holders lost. Michael Spinks of football. Fake Champions thanks to the NFL officials, not there own merit.

  17. chhutson27 says: Jan 8, 2011 11:36 PM

    “With the exception of the 2008-2009 Cardinals (barely) the last competitive team to come out of the NFC West was the 2001 Rams–Seattle was an AFC west team, then”

    I’m pretty sure that the 05 Seahawks that played in the Super Bowl against the Steelers might disagree. They did kinda play in the Super Bowl – meaning they were pretty competitive.

  18. skoobyfl says: Jan 8, 2011 11:42 PM

    Does New England have to beat the upstart Hawks in the SB again?

  19. akasaintsbaby says: Jan 9, 2011 12:33 AM

    @ vikesfansteve

    vikings 6-10
    Saints 11-5

    No ref help needed to beat the doormat of the nfl (vikes). Just ask the Lions. Suck on that. See you next year.

  20. packerbacker12 says: Jan 9, 2011 1:10 AM

    “Seattle also says screw you.

    Leave the playoffs the way they are.

    You win your division and your in. Period.”

    That isn’t what people want changed. What they want changed is the team with the better record to host a home game, rather then the team with the worse record to.

  21. packerbacker12 says: Jan 9, 2011 1:12 AM

    Some people think it’s lame how team’s with losing records to get into the playoffs over teams with better records but most of them don’t like how the Seahawks hosted the Saints rather it being the other way around.

  22. michaeledits says: Jan 9, 2011 1:35 AM

    Seattle still has the league’s ugliest uniforms. If they play against Cleveland my eyeballs will explode.

  23. vikesfansteve says: Jan 9, 2011 1:50 AM

    Duh, of course you do you fair weather can only win by cheating bitch.

    akasaintsbaby says: Jan 9, 2011 12:33 AM

    I love to suck on that.

  24. hooterdawg says: Jan 9, 2011 2:17 AM

    Too late to kiss the Seahawks ass. Earlier you wrote that they didn’t have a chance.

  25. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 9, 2011 3:19 AM

    @vikesfansteve, well we’re all glad you could get some satisfaction with your disastrous, p*enisgate ruined season.

    @help me, no how about you and your seabags suck it, your sorry ass team would’ve loss had the game been in the Superdome. There is no justification for a team with 4 fewer wins hosting a game other than that rule needs to be changed.

    You got lucky the Saints were so banged up at key positions they couldn’t put their best foot forward. I never had anything against Seattle but now I’ll enjoy seeing you get your asses handed to you next weekend :)

  26. phillyforlife says: Jan 9, 2011 7:14 AM

    guess Lovie Smith just choked on all that agme planing for the Saints lol

  27. beckzhere says: Jan 9, 2011 7:51 AM

    Who dat? Who dat? Who sucks it like the Aints? Thank you Seattle for exposing those clowns. Hope to see you next week in Atlanta.

  28. gmsingh says: Jan 9, 2011 9:00 AM

    Hasselbeck’s career numbers are mediocre at best.

  29. materialman80 says: Jan 9, 2011 9:46 AM

    As a Saints fan it’s tough to watch a very average team have their biggest game of the year and put us out. The Saints are pretty beat up but still should have handled Seattle easily. I guess that’s why we play the games. Last year the Saints really wanted it and you felt it, this year, though they tried, the same intensity just wasn’t there. This will be Seattle’s 15 minutes of fame, I suspect they will be stomped in the next round.

  30. turbodog1027 says: Jan 9, 2011 10:06 AM

    vikesfansteve is a complete douche and another example of how whiney the Viking fans are. I thought Bear fans were the lowest until these queen fans started with their bitchin.

  31. worsethingss says: Jan 9, 2011 10:24 AM

    #
    skoobyfl says: Jan 8, 2011 11:42 PM

    Does New England have to beat the upstart Hawks in the SB again?
    ______________________________________

    Hey dumbass the Seahawks lost to the Steelers in the Superbowl not New England. You sir are an idiot.

  32. worsethingss says: Jan 9, 2011 10:29 AM

    #
    ilovefoolsball says: Jan 9, 2011 3:19 AM

    @vikesfansteve, well we’re all glad you could get some satisfaction with your disastrous, p*enisgate ruined season.

    @help me, no how about you and your seabags suck it, your sorry ass team would’ve loss had the game been in the Superdome. There is no justification for a team with 4 fewer wins hosting a game other than that rule needs to be changed.

    You got lucky the Saints were so banged up at key positions they couldn’t put their best foot forward. I never had anything against Seattle but now I’ll enjoy seeing you get your asses handed to you next weekend :)
    ____________________________________

    Another crybaby New Orleans fan? Most of the New Orleans fans have been classy in their loss but there are always a few babies. I do know that you
    won’t see New Orleans play next weekend huh? Now go get your shinebox.

  33. freddieizzyb says: Jan 9, 2011 11:34 AM

    seahawks didnt win this game, the refs did.

    See how dumb it sounds?

  34. akasaintsbaby says: Jan 9, 2011 1:29 PM

    @vikesfansteve

    No fair weather fan here. I am a life long fan. How did the refs make the vikings lay the ball down more than your mom? Answer that one. Now go back to your shanty and declare the vikings sb champs for next year again. 50 years and they have won NOTHING. Maybe lord favre can come back next season. After all, all you guys were missing was a good qb to win it all. LMAO.

  35. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 10, 2011 2:19 PM

    As a Packers fan living in Seattle, I have to first give credit to the ‘Hawks for the win, but secondly say this that this is absolutely a horrible turn of events.

    Firstly: What a great all-time upset. I wanted Seattle to lose, and I actually lost quite a bit of money on the game, but it’s such a great storyline it’s hard to get upset.

    What a time to show up to play. Where has this team been all season? They play like that again, they will make quite a run this year.

    I was shocked by the number of people saying the Saints gave them the game, what an epic chokefest, almost of Minnesotan proportions, and many other things.

    I don’t know what game they were watching. I only saw two major mistakes on defense by the Saints, and one stupid playcall on 4th down. Otherwise, they played as good as anyone could have. That isn’t choking. That’s losing to a superior team, and I take off my hat.

    Now for the second part. Despite all of the above, I absolutely hate this win. Now I have to abide all sorts of Seahawks followers that curiously weren’t here, in their own city, two weeks ago.

    Latte-swilling, hybrid-driving morons, all of them. They haven’t watched any sports team save the Sounders (that’s anti-American jihadist soccer, for those who don’t live in Seattle) since ’05. Yet, now it’s time to clear the cobwebs off their hats and Alexander jerseys and act like they’ve been fans this whole time.

    They seriously rival the Vikings faithful in terms of bandwagon jumping. No other team comes close to those two. That fact, along with their famous pumped-in crowd noise, is a disgrace to the entire league.

    Seattle “fans”, let me say this while I still can, before you disappear for another five years. If you can’t be bothered to support your team when they suck, and they certainly do plenty of that, you have NO business whatsoever getting on board when they win a playoff game.

    This lifelong Packers fan is seriously considering rooting for the hated Bears this week, just so you guys get back in your rabbit holes and quit harassing actual, loyal fans of other teams all that much sooner. I’m torn.

    Once again though, congrats to the actual team (not the fans) for pulling off that win. Definitely an all-time great one that will be replayed for years to come.

  36. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 10, 2011 2:21 PM

    akasaintsbaby says:

    No fair weather fan here. I am a life long fan. How did the refs make the vikings lay the ball down more than your mom? Answer that one. Now go back to your shanty and declare the vikings sb champs for next year again. 50 years and they have won NOTHING. Maybe lord favre can come back next season. After all, all you guys were missing was a good qb to win it all. LMAO
    _____________

    That’s beautiful. I love it. Thanks for the laugh.

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