Saturday January 11, 2007
Play Of The Day: On the Packers first play from scrimmage,
Brett Favre threw a screen pass to Ryan Grant who slipped on the wet grass
and quickly scrambled to his feet only to be drilled by Leroy Hill, who not
only knocked Grant back to the turf but separated him from the football, allowing
Lofa Tatupu to scoop it up and return the fumble twelve yards to the Green
Bay one. One play later, Shaun Alexander would score, spotting
Handouts to the Standouts: Leroy Hill played a solid game, racking up 10 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and seemed to be the only person on the Seahawks who was able to tackle Ryan Grant in the backfield.
Things That Made Me Go "Blech": John Marshall's defensive game plan
was … interesting. Despite having four Pro-Bowlers and a top ten defense
in points per game,
Marcus Pollard fumbled after a hit from Atari Bigby, let a touchdown go through his fingers in the third quarter and later repeated the mistake on a crucial fourth down towards the end of the game.
Offense: Matt Hasselbeck had a decent enough game, finishing 19-33 for 194 yards and one touchdown, but the running game was flat out atrocious, netting a whole 28 yards total. The run blocking was extremely poor, as it has been all season long. Ben Obamanu did a nice job coming in off of the bench in relief of Deion Branch who left the game with a left knee injury and did not return. Bobby Engram led the team with 6 receptions and a touchdown and Shaun Alexander had two nice catches out of the backfield. Still, to paraphrase Dennis Green, the team was who we thought they were – namely a team utterly incapable of running the ball. One can only hope that during the offseason, the offensive line is the front office's top priority.
Special Teams: Ryan Plackemeier's punts were short but high enough that not one was returned. Josh Brown was money on both of his field goal attempts and generally did a good job of getting the ball deep on kickoffs. Once again the kick coverage left a lot to be desired, with the Packers usually starting with the ball on the wrong side of the thirty.
Summary: The Seahawks ran into the proverbial
buzzsaw on Saturday afternoon and were systematically
dismantled by the Packers despite jumping out to a 14-0 lead early in the
first quarter. The Packers would score touchdowns on six consecutive possessions
to stake their claim as the NFC's best team and crush
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