The thing about night games is that they seem to be the only thing that exists. It’s like going camping and feeling disconnected from everything except the place you are at. Sunday night “that place” was Qwest Field.
Before the game, Hasselbeck looked good in warmups, and he could have started, yet Carroll went with Whitehurst as he said he would all week. I was surprised to say the least, however, I would be even more surprised if Whitehurst did not start against the Saints
Whitehurst’s biggest play was to Ruvell Martin, a 61 yard pass that blew the roof off the stadium early and created an unstoppable momentum that was bound to finish with 6 points. Whitehurst went 5-5 on Seattle’s first drive. The Seahawks caught a break on a 3rd an 10 when a defensive holding call on R. Bartell negated a sack. Somebody should buy that guy a steak the next time he comes to Seattle.
After a brilliant first drive, Whitehurst played a relatively safe game finishing with under 200 yards and a single touchdown. I wouldn’t go as far as to say he won the game for the Hawks, but he did not lose it for them either.
Whitehurst’s value came on his 8 carries for 30 yards demonstrating that he doesn’t have to throw the ball every play. He has the ability to get out of the pocket and either throw it away or pick up a couple of yards. He didn’t get sacked the entire game.
The Seahawks defense looked as good if not better than it has all season limiting the Rams to just 47 yards rushing and 155 yardspassing. In fact, Charlie Whitehurst had more rushing and passing yards by himself than the entire Rams team could muster. They also provided consistent pressure on Bradford all day especially Raheem Brock who finished with 2.5 sacks and 4 hits on qb.
“The Heater,” David Hawthorne was everywhere collecting 7 tackles on the day, but the real play of the game came from an unlikely source, Will Herring whose interception late in the 4th qtr solidified Seattle’s spot atop the NFC West.
In the end, the Hawks took advantage of the opportunity they were given. Granted it took them the entire 17 weeks to finish, but they did, and now they are hosting a playoff game against Super Bowl Champions, the New Orleans Saints.
Stop complaining whiners! This is a winnable game! Stranger things have happened, and the Hawks are looking healthy and confident, and they showed they can play an entire game. New Orleans has a slew of injuries and are not the same team they were last year.
So quit complaining fans, and get on board. The Hawks are in the playoffs, this team exceeded expectations, and anything can happen. Nobody picked The Hawks to beat the Rams, and they did. Remember that as you see the predictions for this weeks match-up.