For the second time in just over a month, the Seahawks will play host to the New Orleans Saints — only this time, it’s win or go home.
The Saints entered the playoffs as a No. 6 seed, meaning they would need to win three straight games on the road to make it to the Super Bowl. They won their first playoff road game in franchise history on Saturday night in Philly and earned a rematch with the NFC’s top-dog in Seattle.
The Seahawks will be rested and could possibly have Percy Harvin healthy by the time Jan. 11 rolls around.
But if the Seahawks play at all like they did in Week 13, the last time these teams played, they will be just fine without him.
In that game, Seattle steamrolled to a 34-7 victory that caught the attention of most of the nation. It proved that Seattle had what it took to dominate in the NFC.
Russell Wilson completed 22 of his 30 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns while Seattle’s defense limited New Orleans to only 44 yards rushing. The display was a spectacle of what might be to come and many knew that the two teams would probably meet again in January.
The predictions came true on Saturday night.
It is difficult to tell which Saints team will show up when they visit Seattle in a week. The Saints were one of only three teams unbeaten at home, a perfect 8-0 in the Big Easy. But they struggled mightily on the road, stumbling to a 3-5 record including the whooping at CenturyLink Field.
No one will question that the Saints have what it takes to upset the Seahawks in Seattle, but the Seahawks will be prepared.
CenturyLink Field will be rocking with an electric 12th Man who sold out the stadium 26 minutes after tickets were released.
Can the Seahawks dominate New Orleans the way they did a month ago? We will find out on Saturday. One heck of a game awaits us.
This playoff game will not disappoint.