To the many diehard Seahawk fans who had a “Dream” of their football team beating Chicago and advancing on to the Division Championship against Green Bay to possibly representing the NFC Conference in Super Bowl XLV, it seems such a fantasy came to once again, a predictable post-season outcome; another loss. All the hype about Marshawn Lynch and “Beast Mode” was nullified on the frozen turf of Soldier Field amid an embarrassing and anemic running game. The Chicago Bears are rated as the best in the NFL against the run and the way they throttled the Incredible “Hulk” [Lynch] made him look more like Bruce Banner in a football uniform. In fact, the Bears Quarterback Jake Cutler had almost as many yards running as the entire Seattle rushing offense did.
It is interesting how the local sports commentators on Q-13 Fox (Seattle) have put such a positive spin on another season of low expectations as the team entered the wildcard playoffs with a sub-par record of seven wins and nine losses. For Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, it is back to the drawing board during the off season and for 36 year-old Quarterback Matt Hasselback, some serious reflection as to whether or not he wants to wear Seahawks blue next season, or if he wants to be traded to another team where he might have a chance to win the Super Bowl before his career ends in the next remaining years. As for the Seattle Seahawks, this defeat is the exclamation point on a team that in order to be among the NFL elite in the post-season, they have to find a way to win on the road in the wintry weather conditions and not be so dependent upon the “Twelfth Man” and Quest Field, because until they do they will be just be wasting more and more of billionaire Paul Allen’s money.
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