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Seahawks lead Saints at halftime

Matt Hasselbeck

The Seattle Seahawks look like they forgot that they’re the worst playoff team in NFL history. And the New Orleans Saints look like they forgot that they’re the Super Bowl champions.

At halftime in Seattle, the Seahawks lead the Saints, 24-20.

The Saints got things started looking like they’d dominate just like everybody predicted: An eight-play, 52-yard drive ended with a Garrett Hartley field goal that gave New Orleans a 3-0 lead, and then that lead was extended to 10-0 when Drew Brees hit Heath Evans for a one-yard score.

But once things got settled down, the Seahawks took control. Matt Hasselbeck already has three touchdown passes, two to tight end John Carlson and one a 45-yard bomb to Brandon Stokley. As Rodney Harrison and Tony Dungy pointed out on the NBC halftime show, the Seahawks have been picking on Saints safety Roman Harper repeatedly.

The Saints still have 30 minutes of football to turn things around, but anyone who was expecting a blowout was wrong. The Seahawks have come to play.

UPDATE: Just minutes into the second half, Hasselbeck connected with Mike Williams to make the score 31-20.

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29 Responses to “Seahawks lead Saints at halftime”
  1. steelers6pack says: Jan 8, 2011 6:19 PM

    Can’t stand seahags, however if they beat the aints, wont’ they aints be the worse playoff team EVER?

  2. barneyrumble says: Jan 8, 2011 6:20 PM

    I agree that the Seahawks do not seem to realize they are the worst playoff team in history and good for them! Don’t agree that the Saints have forgotten anything. They are playing hard, just not capitalizing in the redzone opportunities with 6 instead of 3. Great game so far.

  3. larrydavidstern says: Jan 8, 2011 6:24 PM

    I still can’t believe that Seattle was getting 10 points at home. It’s going to be the easiest $ I ever made!

  4. tatum064 says: Jan 8, 2011 6:33 PM

    Laughing my a$% off! Where are those …. the victor of the St Louis-Seattle game will just get rolled by 30 points or something?

    H I L A R I O U S!!!!!!!!!!

  5. pervyharvin says: Jan 8, 2011 6:33 PM

    HAHAHAHA I got a boner from here to Bosnia! Got 500 bucks on the Seachickens…..EAT IT SAINTS FANS!

  6. larrydavidstern says: Jan 8, 2011 6:33 PM

    Even though I have $ on Seattle, it’s absolute B.S. that this game is in Seattle! They should be lucky just to be in the playoffs at 7-9, not get a home game to boot!

  7. kegpack says: Jan 8, 2011 6:36 PM

    Neither of these teams will do squat in the next round. Defense wins championships. There is not a shred of it so far in this game. Fun to watch though. I love watching playoff games at Qwest field.

  8. macjacmccoy says: Jan 8, 2011 6:38 PM

    Sea-Dat Seahawks…. Bye Bye Aints

  9. ticewasbetter says: Jan 8, 2011 6:44 PM

    They’re just not playing Saints playoff football… ya know, by playing dirty.

  10. vikesfan1 says: Jan 8, 2011 6:44 PM

    The Seahawks thats WHO DAT gonna beat them Saints! HA HA getting a taste of your own meds and its about time, ty hawks for bringing that AINTS back to earth from us Vikings fans.

  11. satanicxhellxcreature says: Jan 8, 2011 6:45 PM

    Don’t give a crap about the Hawks or how far they go, but I do hope they keep kicking the crap out of the late hitting, cheap shoting, pass interfering Saints. I see the refs still don’t like calling penalties against the Saints, especially PI.

  12. macjacmccoy says: Jan 8, 2011 6:47 PM

    larrydavidstern says:
    Jan 8, 2011 6:33 PM
    Even though I have $ on Seattle, it’s absolute B.S. that this game is in Seattle! They should be lucky just to be in the playoffs at 7-9, not get a home game to boot!

    Stop crying that has always been the rules of the NFL. Thats what makes the NFL so popular. Every year every team has a chance to win the superbowl because of the way they playoffs are set up. Changing that would make it a completely different league to alot of fans. If people dont like that then maybe this isnt the league for them.

    Everyone knows the rules when the year starts and thats what makes the division races so entertaining and they shouldnt be changed just bc the Poor Saints cant win outside of a dome.

    Win your division or go on the road. Simple, Pure, Perfect.

  13. profootballtalker says: Jan 8, 2011 6:54 PM

    Whatever happened to all the crap that a 7-9 team doesn’t belong in the playoffs?

  14. fmwarner says: Jan 8, 2011 6:56 PM

    I guess dat who.

  15. larrydavidstern says: Jan 8, 2011 6:57 PM

    How the F do all these teams continue to try 3 step handoff runs on 4th and short! They get stuffed all the time. It gives the Defense time to penetrate! It happens every game, yet teams still continue to do it!

  16. zaggs says: Jan 8, 2011 7:00 PM

    Well as we are already seeing the NFL will give everything its got to get the Saints into the superbowl. Number of pass interference calls going on call. Saints secondary can do anything they want to the Seahawks receivers.

  17. macjacmccoy says: Jan 8, 2011 7:01 PM

    These announcers are fools. They said on 4 & 1 maybe Brees was just coming to the line to try to draw them off sides that is asinine. Nobody would do that down by 14 in the 3rd quarter because if it didnt work it would have cost them a timeout. No coach in there right mind would do that.

    Sean Peyton better get as much crap as Bellicheck did for going for it on 4th down inside there own 40. Guy thinks hes a genuis Ill be happy to see him get knocked down a peg or two.

  18. amanistumor says: Jan 8, 2011 7:01 PM

    Who Dat! Who Dat not going to GIVE the Aints another Super Bowl! Goodell?

  19. tailgateheaven says: Jan 8, 2011 7:03 PM

    Williams is as outcoached as he has ever been.
    O coord and Hasselback calling great game…no a phenom game! Planets are aligned….but do not plant Brees and who dat nation 6ft under yet.

  20. halftermguv says: Jan 8, 2011 7:06 PM

    You still have to wonder how a team that won six less games can host a playoff. Seems unfair to reward a team for simply winning a weak division.

    That being said, to see an inspired Seahawks hand it to a defending SB champion is great. Big mouth Greg Williams is looking quite ordinary right now.

  21. lofatapoopoo says: Jan 8, 2011 7:09 PM

    This is impressive…nice job Carroll. I think the Saints will pull this off somehow, but still, what a job.

  22. hobartbaker says: Jan 8, 2011 7:09 PM

    They’ll be…..”Wakkkin to New Orleans, just a wakkkin to New Orleans.”.

  23. larrydavidstern says: Jan 8, 2011 7:17 PM

    macjacmccoy says:
    Jan 8, 2011 6:47 PM

    Stop crying that has always been the rules of the NFL. Thats what makes the NFL so popular. Every year every team has a chance to win the superbowl because of the way they playoffs are set up. Changing that would make it a completely different league to alot of fans. If people dont like that then maybe this isnt the league for them.

    Everyone knows the rules when the year starts and thats what makes the division races so entertaining and they shouldnt be changed just bc the Poor Saints cant win outside of a dome.

    Win your division or go on the road. Simple, Pure, Perfect.

    Ya dude, that was the rules when there was only 12 games and you played half ur games within ur division. Now they r playing 16, soon to be 18 games, and u wanna give teams with a worse record a home game? Doesn’t make any sense.

  24. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 8, 2011 7:37 PM

    The announcers seem to be pulling for the Saints.

    Hmm.

  25. akasaintsbaby says: Jan 8, 2011 8:05 PM

    Good game by the Seahawks. Terrible defense by the Saints. They deserved to lose this one. Good to see all of the viking morons here. Didn’t your team lose to the Lions last week and finish with the same record? Still, keep it up guys, we will see who has the better team next season.

  26. zaggs says: Jan 8, 2011 8:10 PM

    Who dat marching out of the playoffs?!?!

  27. seadat says: Jan 8, 2011 10:17 PM

    The Announcers have become complete idiots; Hammond: “The Seahawks will have the ball on the 40 yd line to start the game after kicking the ball out of bounds.” “That will be first and 10 after that first down run.” “Oh, I ask that was not if enough for the first, it’s 2nd and 2.” That was how the entire game was called. NBC followed that with a half time report during the Jets Colts game with nothing good to say about the 5 TDs from the Seahawks, only poor play from the Saints. The NFL World laughed at the idea that the Seahawks were even in the playoffs, Seahawk fans are ecstatic about this win and will not soon forget it even if next week is 180 out. But this should be a reminder that everyone started this week on an O-fer and anyone in the playoffs has a chance for the BIG GAME!

  28. superhawk12 says: Jan 9, 2011 12:48 AM

    @seadat…

    It wouldn’t matter if the Seahawks were 16-0 or 7-9 going into this game. The media never have anything good to say about the Hawks. Even during their Superbowl run when they had the best record in the NFC it was all about Bettis playing in his home town in his final game and not about Seattle being in their first Superbowl. Do Seahawk fans have a chip on their shoulder? You bet your ass we do and we love it when our team can make the supposed experts look like morons.

  29. worsethingss says: Jan 9, 2011 10:42 AM

    larrydavidstern says: Jan 8, 2011 7:17 PM

    macjacmccoy says:
    Jan 8, 2011 6:47 PM

    Stop crying that has always been the rules of the NFL. Thats what makes the NFL so popular. Every year every team has a chance to win the superbowl because of the way they playoffs are set up. Changing that would make it a completely different league to alot of fans. If people dont like that then maybe this isnt the league for them.

    Everyone knows the rules when the year starts and thats what makes the division races so entertaining and they shouldnt be changed just bc the Poor Saints cant win outside of a dome.

    Win your division or go on the road. Simple, Pure, Perfect.

    Ya dude, that was the rules when there was only 12 games and you played half ur games within ur division. Now they r playing 16, soon to be 18 games, and u wanna give teams with a worse record a home game? Doesn’t make any sense.
    ____________________________________

    Oh toughen up buttercup. Everyone knows at the start of the season that you need to win your division.

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