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Deke: What happened in Seattle on MNF?
by Deke Bellavia,posted Jan 5 2014 3:50PM
OK, we’ve got all week to take a long look and analyze everything; from the game itself, to how loud the fans at Century Link are going to be, to the game-time weather forecast. So let’s start looking back at the last time these two teams met.
The Weather: For those wondering, the current forecast for Saturday’s Divisional match-up between the Saints and Seahawks says that the chance of rain is 100%, humidity is 92%, Winds S at 11 MPH with a high of 42 and a low of 38.
The Stadium: Century Link Field (67,000), Field Turf playing surface
December 2, 2013 Seattle 34 - New Orleans 7
The Saints and Seahawks first meeting was honestly more hype than anything. A game billed by many as the possible best Monday Night Football game of the season was pretty ugly, from the Black and Gold point of view anyway. The Seahawks won rather easily 34-7 over the Saints.
At the time of the meeting, the #1 seed in the NFC was on the line as the Saints entered that game with a 9-2 mark while Seattle was 10-1 on the season. The Seahawks jumped out to an early 17-0 lead en-route to a 34-7 win.
New Orleans did not get off to the kind of start they needed to as the Black and Gold offense gained just nine yards on nine plays on their first three offensive possessions that featured two punts and a fumble. Meanwhile, the Seahawks could not have gotten off to a better start.
Seattle scored on five of their first six offensive possession to take complete control of the game. Seattle also got a TD from their defense when Michael Bennett scooped up a loose ball and waltzed 22 yards for a TD.
Seattle QB Russell was solid, going 22-of-30 for 310 yards with three TD’s and a QB rating of 139.6. Drew Brees was 23-of-38 for 147 yards with one TD and a rating of 77.4. Seattle won the turnover battle and gained 429 yards of total offense.
RB Marshawn Lynch finished the game with 45 yards on 16 carries for an average of 2.8 yards per carry. Russell Wilson paced Seattle with 47 yards on 8 carries averaging 5.9 yards per rushing attempt. TE Zach Miller led the Seahawks with five grabs for 86 yards and 1 TD.
Seattle had 10 offensive possessions that saw them score three TD’s, three FG's, punt three times and then run out the clock to end the game. The Saints' numbers were low. New Orleans gained 188 yards of total offense on 56 plays.
The Saints passed the ball 38 times for 144 yards and rushed the ball 17 times for 44 yards averaging 2.6 yards per carry. Mark Ingram led the Saints with 22 yards on eight carries, while Jimmy Graham had three grabs for 42 yards and a TD.
New Orleans had 11 offensive possessions with six punts, two turnovers on downs, one TD, one fumble and one drive that ended the first half.
So do these numbers tell us anything about the last game? I don’t really think so. Seattle was never really tested in the game jumping out to a 17-7 lead that stretched to 27-7 at halftime. It seemed like once Michael Bennett scored the defensive TD for the Seahawks, the game was out of control.
So there you have it. Maybe these numbers will help us point towards some things to break down and or talk about as we look forward to the second meeting between these two with much more on the line this time!