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Seahawks in control through two quarters vs. New Orleans

Russell Wilson AP

The Seahawks were the NFC’s top team in the regular season, and they have played to that form early in their divisional-round matchup vs. the Saints.

Led by strong play in all three phases, the Seahawks have broken out to a 16-0 halftime lead in Saturday’s playoff game in Seattle.

The Seahawks’ defense has been dominant. Saints quarterback Drew Brees has struggled, completing just 5-of-11 passes for 34 yards. Tight end Jimmy Graham doesn’t have a catch, and he has been targeted just once.

The Seahawks’ offense, meanwhile, has produced in the running and passing games. Tailback Marshawn Lynch has racked up 69 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, while quarterback Russell Wilson has thrown for 68 yards on 7-of-9 passing.

Finally, the Seahawks’ special teams has done its part, too. Kicker Steven Hauschka has connected on all three of his field goal attempts. By contrast, Saints kicker Shayne Graham missed his lone field goal attempt of the half. Also, the Seahawks’ first points were set up in part by a poor punt by the Saints’ Thomas Morstead, with the Seahawks’ capitalizing with a Hauschka field goal less than five minutes into the game.

All things considered, the Saints’ defense held up well in the first half. While it gave up some ground (163 yards), it allowed just one touchdown — a 15-yard second-quarter Lynch TD run that came two plays after Saints tailback Mark Ingram lost a fumble at the New Orleans 24. That score extended the Seahawks’ lead to 13-0, with Hauschka adding a short field goal near the end of the half for the 16-point edge.

The Saints got a solid first half from tailback Khiry Robinson, who racked up 44 yards on eight carries. However, their utter lack of passing-game punch has really hurt them thus far.

The game has been played in windy and wet conditions — conditions that have seemed to affect New Orleans a little more than Seattle through two quarters. Morstead mishandled the snap before his 16-yard first-quarter punt, and Brees’ passing has not been to his usual high standard.

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43 Responses to “Seahawks in control through two quarters vs. New Orleans”
  1. palecollegedude says: Jan 11, 2014 6:04 PM

    Seattle needs to return Percy Harvin to Minnesota to get their 1st rounder back. The man is held together by scotch tape. Meanwhile, it looks like NO will continue to look under their beds for Marshawn before sleep every night.

  2. seatownballers says: Jan 11, 2014 6:05 PM

    Where is all the saints trash talkers? Cue crickets

  3. jakec4 says: Jan 11, 2014 6:06 PM

    Good thing the Saints did all those environment simulations and stuff in practice. They look prepared with their zero points, missed FG, fumble, and Drew Brees looking like Drew Stanton.

    The worst part for the Saints is that it doesn’t even look like Seattle hit their groove yet. The Saints defense is playing with some semblance of pride.

  4. nfl4days says: Jan 11, 2014 6:06 PM

    Mark Ingram fumble that set up the only TD of the game, missed FG, Bad punt that set up the FG. This game would be MUCH closer if the saints weren’t screwing up.

  5. blakeden says: Jan 11, 2014 6:06 PM

    Aints are being exposed

  6. thundastormz says: Jan 11, 2014 6:07 PM

    I have been tryin to tell everyone the Saints aren’t as good as they think. Brees gets all the credit his coaches/receivers have earned.

  7. nfl4days says: Jan 11, 2014 6:07 PM

    Oh yeah, Percy is getting DESTROYED. Hope he doesnt expect any better next week against the panthers or the niners. IF he plays

  8. seatownballers says: Jan 11, 2014 6:08 PM

    34 yards from brees

  9. number1hawkfan says: Jan 11, 2014 6:08 PM

    Where’s all the haters?? There were some bold statements before the game that aren’t getting backed up. I expect you’ll be quiet now. Not as fun to talk trash when the truth is out there for us all to see.

  10. floratiotime says: Jan 11, 2014 6:08 PM

    Choke-O-Rama. It’s ‘bag time’ again Aints.

  11. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 11, 2014 6:09 PM

    i thought brees was soft. percy harvin makes brees look like superman. harvin is brittle and fragile- handle with care

  12. therealzeitgeist says: Jan 11, 2014 6:09 PM

    Who dat!?

    SMACK! Oh, that’s who.

  13. number1hawkfan says: Jan 11, 2014 6:10 PM

    Bold statements followed by crickets and bold excuses. Aww… The life of a troll.

  14. shaggytoodle says: Jan 11, 2014 6:10 PM

    If Carrol wouldn’t whine about penalties that are clearly obvious, and their defense would go back to the huddle instead of talking smack. I could cheer for them.

    Harvins showing toughness today i will give him that, but were was it during the rest of the season?

  15. meatcarroll says: Jan 11, 2014 6:11 PM

    That’s what Jimmy Graham gets for running his stupid mouth LOL!

  16. carolina1cam says: Jan 11, 2014 6:12 PM

    Well the arena league team shows up outdoors again. Any coincidence they won the Super Bowl in 2010 as the 1 seed with home field throughout and beat another dome team outdoors in the Super Bowl?????? I don’t think so. The arena league all stars are getting pushed around right now.

  17. thelastbesthope says: Jan 11, 2014 6:12 PM

    Brees need a dome. The Beast is running loose. Harvin is being welcomed back to the NFL. SEA defense winning.

    tata Saints

  18. bigbaldpapahawk says: Jan 11, 2014 6:12 PM

    Chill Hawk fans. There is another half to play. Let’s celebrate AFTER the win.

  19. thefox61 says: Jan 11, 2014 6:13 PM

    Who Dat?
    Why it’s the Seahawks THAT’S WHO!
    16-0 Halftime
    Go Seahawks!

  20. therealraider says: Jan 11, 2014 6:14 PM

    Drew Brees 5-12 34Yards. Umm ya , That’s not going to get it done.

  21. cornerstone2001 says: Jan 11, 2014 6:14 PM

    Seahawk offense pathetic. Niners coming !!

  22. fanofevilempire says: Jan 11, 2014 6:20 PM

    16-o

    and Erin Andrews still looking good in the rain.

    Saints look like they have something going, let’s see…..

  23. classyjacklambert says: Jan 11, 2014 6:21 PM

    Richard Sherman just tackled the rubber behind the line of scrimmage and ran over to the sidelines and snorted a rail of Adderall off of Pete Carroll’s playbook!

  24. classyjacklambert says: Jan 11, 2014 6:21 PM

    Ugh runner, stupid autocorrect.

  25. veence69 says: Jan 11, 2014 6:21 PM

    Percy Harvin is already done for the day (concussion). You can’t make it up – Lulz.

  26. hess97 says: Jan 11, 2014 6:22 PM

    New rule in place next season. Every team has to build a dome so that Drew Brees can grip the football and feel cozy.

  27. rubenxx7 says: Jan 11, 2014 6:23 PM

    seattle showing they wont be beat at home.

  28. hess97 says: Jan 11, 2014 6:24 PM

    Just saw two Seahawks tackle Drew Brees hard. Apperently the refs missed that one.

  29. jrtaft says: Jan 11, 2014 6:26 PM

    Vikings fan here – obviously there has been a lot of trash talk between the fans of our team and the Seahawks fans this year – regardless, the Seahawks are tough not to root for, love seeing defense for a change rather than offense – go win it all!

  30. belgaron says: Jan 11, 2014 6:30 PM

    Cheap shots, helmet to helmet spearing, no you can’t make it up.

  31. thelastbesthope says: Jan 11, 2014 6:30 PM

    Something must be wrong with Jimmy Graham. He is no factor and wasn’t last week either.

    When his injury is finally revealed, Saints will be fined for lying about it.

  32. aljack88 says: Jan 11, 2014 6:33 PM

    why was that not a fumble?

  33. thelastbesthope says: Jan 11, 2014 6:33 PM

    SAINTS FUMBLE….and not called. Zebras miss another one.

  34. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jan 11, 2014 6:35 PM

    number1hawkfan says: Jan 11, 2014 6:08 PM

    Where’s all the haters??

    ______________

    Most people don’t hate the Seahawks because they’ve never really done anything important. That’s why there are no haters.

  35. cuda1234 says: Jan 11, 2014 6:38 PM

    Let’s see if the media evaluate Brees with the same criteria they applied to Andy Dalton. My guess is they won’t.

  36. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 11, 2014 6:41 PM

    ..after this game, Seattle fans forfeit forever, any rights to gripe about the officials in SB XL… :roll:

  37. holdmadik24 says: Jan 11, 2014 6:42 PM

    Somebody please take Darrell Bevell!!!

  38. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 11, 2014 6:46 PM

    seahawks fear playing the 49ers next week

  39. randomguy9999 says: Jan 11, 2014 6:56 PM

    Drew Brees demands an explanation as to why he can’t score

  40. petehemlock says: Jan 11, 2014 6:57 PM

    I’m tired of people saying Sean Payton is smart. He’s wearing a visor in the rain.

  41. cometkazie says: Jan 11, 2014 6:59 PM

    Who are the TV announcers?

    The one that talks the most sounds like Collingsworth’s cohort.

  42. mikeinfected says: Jan 11, 2014 7:15 PM

    woah a holding call…finally.

  43. saintswin says: Jan 11, 2014 8:15 PM

    LOL! My Saints lost by beating them self. Seattle was not DOMINATE and are very beatable! See you guys next year!

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