Breda Report: Upon Further Review

Just for old-time's sake the Seahawks gave their fans a nail-biting, elevated blood pressure-filled Sunday afternoon by escaping Monster Park with just a 2-point advantage to the 2-8 San Francisco 49ers.

Each week, the 2005 Seattle Seahawks find new ways to exorcise past demons and pull victories seemingly out of thin air. Beat your rivals, good teams and the occasional NFL cellar dweller, all with relative ease.

Now, Seahawks fans can add beating 2-7 teams with nothing left to lose in a nail biting high blood pressure affair to their repertoire.

Make no mistake about it, a team like the 2-7 San Francisco 49ers are the most perilous of all.

Watching the game today it was clear that the Seahawks did not expect the kind of intensity that the 49ers had in store for them. From the start, it was relatively obvious that their coaching staff had prepared their players to battle from start to finish while peppering in "what do we have to lose?" deep balls with the idea that if you throw your line out there enough, you will eventually come up with a fish.

The 49ers WR Brandon Lloyd enjoyed a 119-yard, 1 TD performance based on this philosophy, the team's most productive offensive output of the season by a landslide. This isn't as much an indictment of the Seahawks defense as much as it is a natural by-product of a team who has nothing left to do but play spoiler the rest of the season.

I publicly predicted a fairly easy romp but privately I haven't been this nervous before and during a Seahawks game since last season. I knew the 49ers were not about to lie down for the NFC's top team. Not at home. Not with that defense.

Matt Hasselbeck didn't have one of his more inspiring performances, but he was typically efficient, distributing the ball around to 6 different targets with varying levels of success. Matt finished with 19/31 with 233 yards and 1 TD with no turnovers. Are these Pro Bowl numbers? Voters favor winning teams so if the Seahawks continue their hot streak and make a deep run in the post season, Hasselbeck has an excellent shot of applying the sun screen come February.

There were times when the NFL's most prolific offense very much looked the part, stretching the field with typical Mike Holmgren-flavored West Coast Offense efficiency. Then the 49ers defense would tighten and out came the punt team much to my chagrin.

After all, we Seahawks fans have become accustomed to a certain level of excellence and high-octane output from our offense, have we not?

So when a long drive would stall and Josh Brown would come out to attempt a field goal, it felt like an insult of behemothic proportions.

As for the punting team…Well…How dare they!

This game was good for the team and good for the fans. Alas, they are not Gods in football uniforms impervious to imperfection, sailing forward without another loss well into January. These are humans who – like us – read the columns and check the standings. These are men who didn't seem to think the 49ers were going to put up the kind of fight that they did.

It is the single reason why the score was just as close as it was.

Who amongst us truly expected the 49ers to score 2 TDs in the 4th quarter let alone the entire game!

Not you, not me, and not the Seahawks.

As we move into this week, I had some advice for many of those in our forum community. It involved taking the week off from searching the far ends of cyberspace each week for validation from the national media...

Just don't do it.

I know, easier said than done. I find myself glancing at any and all Seahawks articles throughout the week, but when it's validation you are seeking, barely scraping by against the NFL's worst team is not the time to do it.

What will be lost on the talking (air)heads this week is that the Seahawks still managed to beat an NFL team that had absolutely nothing to lose. The most dangerous opponent any team will ever face. Escaping them will be the truth that this team is different than any before them since George Bush Sr was in the White House. The Seahawks of old surely would have gone home with their tail between their legs, wondering why they let this one slip away.

This is the kind of game that adds fuel to the doubter's fire. "See, I told you the Seahawks were soft. They barely beat the NFL's worst team."

Of course, that's fuzzy logic (hereby known as "Michael Irvin Logic"), but it won't make you any less angry.

So I say do yourself the favor and take the week off from clamoring to read - and care about - every national media's take on the Seahawks this week. None of it matters anyway. The only thing that does matter, are victories.

As in, our 6th straight.

Not every victory will come easily regardless of our opponent's record. There will be days like these. In the end, you take them. Nobody looks back in January apologizing for not winning more convincingly. A win is a win, period, end of game.

Defensively this was the first game where this unit resembled the 2004 version. Too many big plays and big gains both on the ground and through the air. The game plan was to blitz 49ers QB Ken Dorsey all day. Sometimes it worked, many times it didn't.

In the end, I suspect this game will be looked back upon as yet another learning lesson as this team discovers how to become champions. Take no team lightly and stay the course.

Let Mike Holmgren and the coaching staff get on them this week for missed opportunities and not closing the 49ers down like they should have. Let them wear pads this week in practice.

All you and I need to do this week is enjoy being 8-2 and the number one seed in the NFC.

The Giants are on their way, and the Seahawks will be ready.


Todd Breda is the Owner and Creative Director of Seahawks.Net. If you would like to e-mail Todd (he likes letters), send them to: toddbreda@comcast.net.


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