The Seattle Seahawks, who rarely lose at home, used their dominating defense and the pounding of Marshawn Lynch to once again get past the New Orleans Saints and into the NFC Championship game. The 23-15 victory established the Seahawks rightful ownership of the #1 seed in the NFC and made for a daunting task for either the 49ers or the Carolina Panthers who will have to travel and meet Seattle on their own turf.
This time, the Saints had a chance. Down 16-0 at the half, New Orleans came back to pull within one score at 16-8 on a Drew Brees to Marques Colston connection but couldn’t get any closer than that. Two missed field goals, a turnover deep within their own territory, and Lynch’s 100+ yard game were enough to seal the deal for Seattle.
This is the third time in three tries that New Orleans has gone into Seattle and been manhandled. The Seattle defense sports three Pro Bowl members in the secondary. Despite the Saints success running the ball, Brees could never get into a cycle in the passing game. The Seahawks held the former Super Bowl MVP to 309 yards and a single touchdown. While far from the 34-7 blowout early in the season, Seattle handled New Orleans in their usual blunt manner.
Now the Seahawks are a single game away from the Super Bowl, a game which will be held in their stadium, on their terms. For Seattle Seahawks fans, who haven’t seen their team lose at home much lately, the idea couldn’t be much sweeter.