I am flying most of the day and don't get back in time for Mike Holmgren's afternoon presser, but the very capable Darrin Beene will be covering that and passing along the information to the blog.
Here are a few day-after thoughts. First, I think the loss is understandable. You can't forget that they have been traveling back and forth across the country all season, and so a clunker was inevitable. Better now than at some time of more importance. It was doubtful they were going to catch Green Bay anyway. I am a firm believer in a loss rejuvenating a team, keeping them from getting complacent.
Having said that, I wonder why Mike Holmgren did not insert Floyd Womack into the offensive line more when it was obvious that Rob Sims and Chris Gray were struggling. I wrote in the second quarter that Pork Chop was on the bike warming up, yet I did not see him get any significant time. Of all games, that was the one where Sims needed to come out and get a breather.
I asked Mo Morris after the game if he was surprised that Holmgren called a run play on third and five from the 8, Morris picking up four yards. He said he thought it was a great play call and that Holmgren was taking what the defense was giving. Morris also said he thought he got a bad spot. I did not see that on the replay. That call to me seemed like it was playing for the tie instead of going for a touchdown, but maybe Holmgren saw something else. He has done that before in that situation, when he thinks a defense is going to flatten out into coverage.
If Leonard Weaver catches the pass on third down, does it change the complexion of the game? The play was on the Panthers' 30, and if Seattle could have gone on to score how would they have played with a lead? Weaver has been pretty solid this season but those two drops were costly.
I wonder if the Ravens' loss to Miami negatively affects the Seahawks in the sense that Baltimore is now embarrassed and probably feels it has something to prove. Seattle still should be good enough to defeat the Ravens, but that could be a factor.
Could losing the third seed and getting the fourth seed be a good thing? The Seahawks struggled to throw the ball in a stiff wind on a cold day in Charlotte. This is getting ahead, but they could face similar conditions in Green Bay at Lambeau Field, where the Packers have lost only one playoff game in their history. Maybe it would better, if the Seahawks advance to the second round, to face Dallas in their stadium than the Packers at Lambeau.
That's it for me. I'm jumping on a flight soon. Darrin will have stuff from Holmgren later.