First off, I'll update you on what happened before everybody got to the locker room. Not sure what you could see on TV, but the stands became a sort of raucous mess with everybody hucking snowballs from the stands onto the field.
Literally, everybody was looking around to make sure they weren't hit in the head with a snowball, some of which were rather sizable and some of which were hurled from the upper deck. Paul Allen came down to the field at the end, and his security guards were lined up behind him warding off snowballs.
One New York TV guy and one coach wearing a Jets jacket were going across the south end of the field, and they were mercilessly pelted. I have to say, it was a pretty ugly scene -- especially when Mike Holmgren was making his last lap around the stadium and he was dodging snowballs. Can you imagine if he gets drilled in the face and is knocked out as he is making his way around the field? The line judge did get hit on the top of the head with about 10 seconds left, and he almost went down.
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Holmgren joked about it afterward, as did a few players, but said they were just happy they didn't get hit. Holmgren was very upbeat after the game, seeming to embrace the experience rather than being sad about his final time in the stadium as the Seahawks' coach.
He was funny about coming out of the tunnel before the game. He said he usually sneaks out of the tunnel when the introductions are made, and this is the first time -- besides the Super Bowl -- that he came out during introductions. He said the one thing he told his players is to not leave him hanging; he said during the Super Bowl, he came out of the tunnel and all his Packers players were so jacked that they all dispersed. He told the Seahawks he didn't want that to happen, and they all met him about 30 yards from the tunnel entrance.
He said his wife was reluctant to raise the 12th man flag, and her wave to the crowd was about as outgoing as she was going to get.
The locker room obviously was very upbeat, with a feeling of, We should have been doing this all year. They were very complimentary of the offensive line, of Josh Wilson, and of some of the receivers.
Bobby Engram said he was taking in the moment because he realizes that this may have been his last home game as a Seahawk, as well. He said he doesn't know what his future is but he would like to retire a Seahawk.
John Carlson, who grew up in Minnesota, incredibly said this is the first time he has ever played in the snow. He said there high school seasons were only 8 games, and they were over by October, before the snow starting falling regularly. He said he also never played in the snow at Notre Dame. He said visibility was tough during warmups but was OK during the game.
Lofa said this at least gives them a good feeling heading into next season, giving them something to build on. If they can beat Brett Favre and a Jets team battling for a playoff spot, then they still are a talented team that has promise.
The snow here is falling even harder than it was during the game, incredibly. The field looks like it did in Lambeau last year, complete white-out conditions. Holmgren is giving the players Thursday -- Christmas -- off and having them practice on Tuesday instead. The rest of the week remains the same, though they are getting victory Monday.