Flawless: Have you ever seen the movie "Friday Night Lights?" I have watched it several times and my favorite part is at the end of the movie, when Coach Gary Gaines, played by Billy Bob Thornton, asks his team at halftime of the championship game, “can you be perfect?” The Permian Panthers were perfect in the second half and still lost in the State Championship game to Dallas Carter high school. The Saints will need an entire game of perfect play to beat the Seattle Seahawks; and that still might not be enough. If the Saints turn the ball over two times against the Seahawks, you’re probably looking at a 14-point defeat at best. The Saints have to play flawless football and hope for some breaks. New Orleans just doesn’t match up well with Seattle.
Rematch: My reasons for feeling the Saints will play better this time around against Seattle are threefold. 1) The Saints have been in that environment before, back on December 3rd in week 13. They’ll know what to expect. They know the challenges that come with playing there. They’ll be ready for that. 2) Drew Brees will get his second look at a Seattle defense that had his number in the first matchup. Veteran quarterbacks usually fare better when they have another look at personnel and schemes. 3) The Seahawks have the pressure. The Saints are the sixth seed. They’re not supposed to win. The Seahawks handled the Saints soundly in the first matchup, but it’s extremely difficult to beat an NFL team twice in the same season. Not to mention the Seahawks are the #1 seed, they’re supposed to win and host the NFC championship game.
Sequel in Seattle: The Saints will play the Seahawks much better than they did in week 13, but I’m not real sure they have enough to beat Seattle and turn the playoffs upside down. Right now, I’m leaning toward the Seahawks coming out on top. 2011 serves as a great reminder as to why nothing is promised of the No. 1 seed! 6th-seeded New York went into Altanta and knocked off the top-seeded Falcons in the divisional round that season. The Giants went onto win Super Bowl 46. It can happen! You never know in the playoffs. Drew Brees and Sean Payton make it possible. My heart says Saints but my head says Seahawks. I’ll make my final prediction on Friday.
Hey Kristian, I believe you got your facts cross in that last part of your piece. I believe the packers were the 6th seed who beat the 1st seed falcons in the divisional round to advance to the nfc championship game against the bears. When the giants beat the falcons, the giants were a 4th seed and hosted the falcons in that wildcard game...the giants would advance all the way to superbowl 46 from there
I think your segment was a lot more meaningful last week. Kristian, always go with your heart! Win or loose, you always follow your heart!