In the last week of the regular season in the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks traveled to the Bay to take on the San Francisco 49ers in what was perhaps Chip Kelly’s last game as head coach.
With a multitude of playoff scenarios swirling around, it was one of those games which was a formality and where the result would simply dictate a matter of seeding.
Aptly described by Richard “I’m Better Than You At Life” Sherman, the “poopfest” that is Thursday Night NFL games kicked off with the Los Angeles Rams visiting Seattle to take on the Seahawks.
The Rams, who just recently fired former head coach Jeff Fisher, have been on a tailspin as of late and came into Thursday on a four-game losing streak and fresh off of a 42-14 beatdown at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons.
Well, it was an extremely unattractive game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Yes, it was an ugly battle, particularly for the away team, as they mustered up a mere five points in a 14-5 loss. Not much to say here, really.
As the Philadelphia Eagles rolled into Seattle on Sunday, they wouldn’t have guessed that backup quarterback Trevone Boykin would line up as a running back for a play and that star wideout Doug Baldwin would be the most accurate passer of the day.
But football is all about trickery, isn’t it? Play action, false counts, pump fakes — all a part of the game that we devote an entire day of the week to.
Well, it was those guys again. Brady, Gronk, Edelman, Lord Belichick — those guys. We don’t need to talk about what happened last time they played. It’s 2016, and like I said, we don’t need to talk about what happened last time they played.
Under the bright lights of Monday Night Football, the Seattle Seahawks’ faithful never seemed more loud. It took every single down for the ‘Hawks to pull out the win, and it would be hard to argue that the crowd noise was not a factor.
And man, what a game it was.
It’s clear that Russell Wilson is hurt. His rushing yards have dropped dramatically this year, and his fluttering scrambles out of the pocket that usually frustrate opponents have been virtually nonexistent.
Despite his extremely limited mobility, he has maintained a stellar pocket presence, possessing the wherewithal to either throw the ball away or take the hit while protecting the football.
If only the game was outdoor, in the rain, with mud slung all over the place and players slipping everywhere and fans wearing those rain poncho things. If only.
With a final score of 6-6, you’d think that both teams were struggling in some soaking wet conditions, unable to properly run or pass the ball because of the slippery pigskin. Instead, the game was played inside the marvelous University of Phoenix Stadium, with no weather bothering the players like an extra defender. You’d also think that would excuse both kickers from missing point blank layups with the game on the line. But, football is a weird sport, and weird things happen.
Fresh off a much-needed bye week, it was a battle between birds of a different feather as the Seattle Seahawks played host to Matty Ice, Julio Jones, and the rest of the Atlanta Falcons, who boasted the league’s best offense.
It’s pretty safe to assume that Russell Wilson was always the most popular kid in school. A three-sport athlete and senior class president of his high school, Wilson has this magnetic attitude that oozes positivity, and his buoyancy has carried over to his day job as the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks. Back in the day, he seemed like the type of guy who would invite the new kid over to the popular table at lunch and share his dessert with them.