Most doubted, but the players didn’t. And now the Seattle Seahawks are in the playoffs, winning their fifth NFC West title with a 16-6 win over St. Louis.
Seattle’s opponents are now set for 2011.
Home: Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Arizona, San Francisco and St. Louis. .Away: Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Arizona, San Francisco and St. Louis.
Here’s some reaction after the win.
Also, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported during the game yesterday that Mike Williams is close to signing a three-year extension with Seattle. I haven’t received confirmation of this, but I'll keep looking into it.
Seahawks safety Lawyer Milloy says he doesn’t care about making history, with Seattle becoming the first sub-.500 team to make the playoffs.
John McGrath of The News Tribune said despite the record, it looked like a championship scene on the field after the game.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that Charlie Whitehurst played good enough to help Seattle advance to next week’s first round of the playoffs.
Ryan Divish of The News Tribune says Marshawn Lynch is pleased to be in the playoffs for the first time in his pro career.
Doug Pacey of The News Tribune writes that the St. Louis Rams came up a game short of completing a miraculous turnaround.
Seattle’s defense finally got back to its earlier season form, holding the Rams to 2 of 14 on third downs.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com provides an overview of Seattle’s win, including players of the game.
ESPN 710 Seattle provides post-game audio from Charlie Whitehurst, Pete Carroll, Lawyer Milloy and others here.
Art Thiel of Sportspressnw.com says the Seahawks are the Big Lebowskis of the NFL.
Doug Farrar of Sportspressnw.com provides a recap of the game here.
Jim Moore of Seattlepi.com writes to expects another quarterback controversy this week. I don’t think that will be the case. If Matt Hasselbeck is healthy, he’ll start.
Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the young Rams were not ready for prime time.
ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that the Seahawks dared to dream.
And the bloodletting already has started for head coaches. Eric Mangini was predictably fired today by Mike Holmgren in Cleveland.