4 Plays that Kept Seahawks From Being the Number One Seed in the Playoffs


Now that the playoff picture is starting to take shape I started to think back on the season the Seahawks have had, and how the team had at least 4 games slip through their fingers.  How different things could be right now had it not been for 4 losses that could have been wins.  Let’s accept that the first game at the 49ers was one the Seahawks were expected to lose.  In the other 4 losses the Seahawks were actually favored.  If not for just 4 plays the Seahawks would likely be sitting on a league leading 13 and 1 record!  This begs the question; Which 4 plays would have changed the Seahawks record from 9 and 5 to 13 and 1?

Here is my best shot at determining those 4 plays that, had they gone the other way, would have changed the Seahawks season.

  1. Week 1 vs the Cardinals – Most people would pick one of the 2 missed passes at the end of this game that could have given the Seahawks a touchdown and the win.  But I’m going to pick a another play earlier in the game.  Seattle had just scored 13 consecutive points and led Arizona 16-13 . Arizona’s offense under QB John Skelton was having an awful second half and the Seahawks were in complete control and had all the momentum.  Then Skelton was hit during an attempted pass  and left the game with an injured right ankle.  Kevin Kolb, who had lost the starting job to Skelton in the preseason, came in and drove the Cardinals on a scoring, and game winning drive.  The Hawks later fell short on several pass attempts in the red zone after a long drive.  Had Skelton not been hurt, the Seahawks would likely have continued to stifle him and would have been able to play ball control the rest of the game and gotten the win.
  2. Week 4 vs the Rams – An uninspired effort by the offense left the Seahawks defense with the majority of the load in this game.  The Rams Danny Amendola was able to get open for key completions all game long.  Even so the Seahawks were only down by 6 and driving with 2 minutes left.  The game was lost on a throw when Wilson’s intended receiver Anthony McCoy tripped on his route and Rams cornerback Bradley Fletcher grabbed an easy interception, and that handed the win to St. Louis.
  3. Week 8 vs the Lions – This is another one that, despite a late 4th quarter winning drive by the Lions,  was actually lost not on the last drive of the game, but late in the second quarter.  It was on a Lions drive that was stalled at third-and-11 just past midfield.  Stafford made probably his best throw of the year to Titus Young who streaked for a 46-yard touchdown.  Had the Seahawks held on that 3rd and 11, they likely could have held the Lions out of the end zone until half time and that  4th quarter drive by the Lions would have been irrelevant.
  4. Week 12 vs the Dolphins – The Seahawks had the lead and the Dolphins were driving with 8 minutes remaining in the game.  On first and goal from Seattle’s 7-yard line QB Ryan Tannehill was flushed out of the pocket to his right and forced a throw to Anthony Fasano in tight coverage.  Hawks LB Bobby Wagner intercepted the ball in the end zone for what would have been a touchback and Hawks ball at the 20.  Unfortunately, during the throw, Seahawks Safety Earl Thomas had launched himself airborne in an attempt to knock down the pass.  His forward momentum carried him into Tannehills path and Thomas’ arm inadvertently brushed the quarterback’s helmet, drawing a personal foul.  Interception negated.  Dolphins get the easy score and win 21-24.

So there you have it…Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda.  4 Plays that would have made the Seahawks the No.1 seed in the playoffs had they not happened, giving them home field advantage and a bye in the first week…just like their Super Bowl year.  Even winning just one of these games would have made this weeks game vs the 49ers a battle for the NFC West lead.  I’m sure every Seahawks player knows this and will remember it next season, which should be one to remember.  But with a little luck, a top 3 defense, and the newly found offensive power of the last 3 games, hopefully fans won’t have to wait until next season for a look at another Seahawks Super Bowl.  But how much easier it could have been.

 

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  • Hawk_Eye

    There should have been a personal foul penalty called twice in the end zone in finial minutes of the Arizona game. Those were non calls missed by the replacement refs. But really, does it really matter? Those were all learning experiences for Russell Wilson and today he is a much better quarterback because of those experiences. I always have believed you learn more from your mistakes than you do from you successes. Go Hawks!!

    • Thomas Cyganiak

      BOO FRIGGIN HOO! YOU of ALL TEAMS Have NO RIGHT to talk about NON-CALLED PENALTIES……….EVER!!!

      • Hanley H. Bonynge

        Seriously? You’re an idiot that clearly has no bearing on meaningful calls in big games throughout the NFL’s history.

      • Hanley H. Bonynge

        Also, learn to use the caps key. Using all caps just makes you look dense.

  • http://Allcougdup.com/ All Coug’d Up

    To Hawk-Eye’s point, this is why Seattle is the best team in the West right now in my opinion. There’s no doubt that they are neck and neck with San-Fran if you’re a Seattle fan. They are vastly overlooked however in the overall scheme of things but have a chance to show people they are the most dangerous team headed to the playoffs with a win this week, even if the 9ers seal the West vs Arizona the following week. Nobody will want to play this team.

    • snackboy2

      Neck-and-neck with the Niners? I’m not quite sure… let’s see what happens Sunday night! If we win, then a case can be made… if they beat us,w e’ve prolly gotta admit we’re not quite there…yet.

      • Thomas Cyganiak

        I agree, well, good luck, you’re gonna need it just like the 3rd wk of reg season! I HIGHLY DOUBT lightning will strike twice, maybe?

        • Hanley H. Bonynge

          Why so serious, Thomas? You seriously seem like you might have some rage issues to work out.

          • Scott

            I’m thinking manic – depressive Hanley.

    • Thomas Cyganiak

      The 49ers Defense is going to kick your @$$!!

      • Asthmagirl

        I think that’s unlikely given that we’re unbeaten at home this year. This is after all, the toughest stadium to come into an play. As the 49ers are aware since they’ve lost here before. I think if you get over your hysteria around Golden’s very valid catch (NFL agreed), you’ll admit that it’s going to be a very close game between two solid teams with a lot on the line. I’d wish you luck, but I really think the Hawks are going to win no matter how lucky you are. Cheers!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1089731597 Bryan Peters

        Now that the “Sea-Chickens” OWNED the SF defense, the “Sea-Chickens” OWNED the SF offense and special teams unit will you quit your bitching, pull your big girl panties up and STFU!!!!!!

  • NotAChickenFan

    I can’t believe someone would actually post this article, talking about the 4 plays that would have given the Seahawks a first round bye. IDIOTIC!! What a bout 1 play that should have lost them the game against the Packers….since we are talking about shoulda, woulda, coulda

    • Hanley H. Bonynge

      Maybe time to get over it. Just sayin’.

  • Scott Collier

    Well well well, seems we still have some bitter Green Bay Packers fans out there eh? My only regret is that Tate’s catch wasn’t made more meaningful by having that catch cause the Packers to be knocked out of the playoffs. Get over it.

    • Thomas Cyganiak

      You’re right though you cheaters did win cuz Tate couldn’t play fair. As far as being an elite team, HA HA Don’t make me laugh, WHY? Because your ROOKIE QB is playing ok, YEAH remember Cam Newton and Tim Tebow, THOSE didn’t work out so well did they? You have a LOOOOOONG way to go to be an ELITE team like the PACKERS, Patriots, 49ers, Giants, Cowboys and Steelers have been for at least the past 25 years. Win a couple of Super Bowls and then we’ll think about it. Hey, the Seachickens can STILL be knocked out of the playoffs so go ahead and talk SH!T And then I’ll be back here to gloat while WE are sitting with the No.1 Seed and Home field advantage after the Falcons lose out and the Bears win out. and YOUR seachickens get killed by the 49ers which WILL happen AGAIN. And YOU ARE GONE!!!

      • Scott

        Check how we’ll the no. 1 seed lately. Not so well. Talk about a know nothing Thomas, you are it. What were the Giants seeded last year? What were the Saints seeded when the 7-9 Seahawks booted them from the playoffs? You are clueless!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1089731597 Bryan Peters

        Looks like them “Sea-Chickens” schooled your ass, tool!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.bilbro.12 Kevin Bilbro

    I agree, but talking about what-ifs makes anybody blogging about the “Hawks sound like fans of DUH bearsssssssss. Seriously, I’m from Seattle but live in chicago. These fat alcoholics NEVER shut up, even when their team loses. They can cry about what-ifs, but nobody else can.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      its not about what-ifs so much as missed opportunities. This is a young team that still learning how to win. To take the next step, they’ll have to make these plays. Once they do, this team will be really tough to beat.

  • Scott Collier

    The purpose of the article is to show people how incredibly close the Seahawks are to being THE elite team in the NFL right now. It’s a great game and this kind of analysis helps when people try to rank a team amongst the others.

  • DaNiners

    What kind of nonsense is this? While we’re at it lets take away the horsesh** victory against the pack, or how about the fact the niners smoked you in the first game after mouthing off. Seriously, win something like a SB before talking smack all the time.

    • snackboy2

      ‘Smoked’? Uh… beat us, yes. ‘Smoked’? Homer horsesh** indeed

    • Scott Collier

      Dude, I gave the Niners credit, what do you want? And who has been to a Superbowl more recently than the 49ers??? Oh, that would be the Seahawks!

      • Thomas Cyganiak

        Dude REALLY, They LOST!! And the PACKERS have been, 2010 and we won!!! They don’t let CHEATERS win!! It’s KARMA

        • Scott

          The Neeners have ZERO players that have won anything other than a couple of playoff games. These guys haven’t won squat.

    • Hanley H. Bonynge

      When Niners fans can’t thing of anything else they fall back to some sort of “how many rings do you have” argument. Niner and Notre Dame fans have a lot in common in that regard.

    • Guest

      really, these seachickens got lucky on that failmary and should have been called for Offensive pass interference cuz Golden boy couldn’t play like a man and had to push our guy down like the little B!T<H he is. You should ad ANOTHER LOSS and you're COMPLETELY OUT of the playoffs!! Karma's a B!T<H seachickys, remember karma, cheaters

    • Guest

      really, these seachickens got lucky on that failmary and should have
      been called for Offensive pass interference cuz Golden boy couldn’t play
      like a man and had to push our guy down like the little B!T<h that he is! So make sure you take one loss out of your little tally cuz then you would be OUT of the playoffs! Period, IF you get in at @6 seed the GIANTS will DESTROY you any way. That's probably why you can't win a Super Bowl, KARMA is a B!T<H!!

    • Thomas Cyganiak

      really, these seachickens got lucky on that failmary and should have
      been called for Offensive pass interference cuz Golden boy couldn’t play
      like a man and had to push our guy down like the little B”__CH” that he is! So make sure you take one loss out
      of your little tally cuz then you would be OUT of the playoffs! Period!!!
      IF you get in at No.6 seed the GIANTS will DESTROY you any way. That’s
      probably why you can’t win a Super Bowl, KARMA is a Bitch!!

      • Hanley H. Bonynge

        So I guess you’re willing to admit to free timeouts and challenges that the Niners shouldn’t actually have had and forfeit those wins as well? Let’s keep the reasoning consistent here. Otherwise you’re just a hypocrite.

  • Thomas Cyganiak

    HA HA HA Listen to you seachickens whining about ref NON calls and how ONLY 4 plays DEFINED you season. How about the OFFENSIVE PASS INTERFERENCE NON CALL on the last play vs PACKERS!! CLEARLY your Golden boy couldn’t win by playing fair (just like the fans who CONDONED the CHEATER) because Tate was caught RED HANDED pushing Shields to the ground. KARMA, KARMA WILL come back to BITE you, probably when you need it most, Karma will KICK you in the NUTS! It happens ALL the time, unsportsman like comes back on you. BUT, knowing you Seackicken fans it’ll be SOMEONE ELSE’S FAULT! My prediction; “IF” you get in @ #6 seed YOU WILL GET CREAMED by the GIANTS 38-13. That will be the same week OUR TEAM has the FIRST ROUND BYE as #1 Seed PACKERS! GO PACK GO

    • Scott Collier

      The Seahawks have had plenty of bad calls this year. Lots and lots of them, and as I have shown, some did cost us a game or two. But unlike you Packers fans, we got over it and moved on. You clearly haven’t. Carrying all that bitterness over one play must be just tearing you guys up inside, just really eating you up from the inside out… See ya in the playoffs!

      • Thomas Cyganiak

        No you won’t because we’ll be sitting in the driver’s seat at No.1 seed or AT LEAST No. 2 with a first round bye and you guys could still be eliminated completely. It just really bugs me when a player or a team will not admit wrong doing when it’s right in front of their eyes. Not one of you has come out and said, “we should have been called for offensive pass interference you should have won that game” Pick up THIS week’s Sports Illustrated and read the story that REopened the scar your writer Ben Reiter wrote. THAT’S what prompts posts like THIS. I’m venting and will forget about it after that S.I. is in the trash next week. Now I KNOW Sports Illustrated is BIASED. Why I read the rag is beyond me, I got the subscription as a gift last year and this ISN’T the first biased story I’ve read and thought “I thought this was a sports mag NOT a political one” As I said, “KARMA IS A B_T_H”

        • Hanley H. Bonynge

          Except that pass interference is never called on hail mary throws at the end of the game. If you go back and look at replays of all the hail mary plays, you’ll find that the regular refs nearly never call OPI. So get the fuck over it.

    • Hanley H. Bonynge

      So everyone that has every committed a penalty in the NFL is a “cheater?” How idiotic is that logic? That is serious head-up-your-ass reasoning. Everyone in the NFL would be a cheater by that logic. Also, I’d suggest spell check and punctuation control. Reading your comment in my head gave me a headache with all the random emphasis on words. Good luck with that #1 seed. I guess you don’t have anything to bitch about after all but then what would you do with your time? Maybe threaten the official’s life some more.

    • Scott

      I have clearly NOT complained that any of the plays or calls are unfair in any way. It was just a light hearted article on how easily things could have been a lot different. Thomas, either you are just misreading my article or you are as big a nut sack as you are coming off as. Chill out ! This is supposed to be fun.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pauleambrose Paul Ambrose

    LOL, ya that thomas guys has some issues for sure, look at his pic.. TBONE LOL.. nice ink as well! but seriously, seattle is playing very well for a young team and I think they take care of business at home sunday night.. yep it was PI on tate, oh well it was not called, how about if that Bs PI on kam was not called? GB punts and we still WIN 7-6….. how about that thomas? so your ok with that BS call but not the one for the hawks at the end of the game? fair is fair man.. both teams TD’s were gifts.. I will not apologize that my team got the last one!

  • Scott Collier

    Being careful not to mess with Seahawks Karma, Thomas, this weeks score was the reason it’s not a good idea to jump on a team’s website and talk a bunch of smack before the game has been played… Seattle 42, San Fran 13.