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.