Well, the NFC West just got a whole lot more interesting. Besides sporting two of the NFL’s best teams at the moment, the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks, now the division has a team — the Rams — in Los Angeles and a new coach from Oregon via Philly — Chip Kelly — in San Francisco. Next season is gonna be interesting.
I’ve gathered up some imagery of today’s newspaper coverage of yesterday’s games, primarily focusing on the Seahawks-Vikings game.
The Olympian warned me to “BUCKLE UP.”
The Yakima Herald Republic noted the “WILD RIDE” of this up-and-down season.
I should have listened. I thought it was going to be easier. But then I’ve never played in an NFL game, let alone a playoff game — outdoors in Minnesota, in the winter, when it’s six below zero.
I am catching up on today’s papers, highlighting the front pages revolving around the Seahawks-Vikings playoff match up in Minnesota. I’m keeping a sort of digital scrapbook.
The weather was a major part of the story line. At kickoff, the field temperature was -6°. Yes, six below zero, and the frigid conditions clearly played a key factor in the game. Six below made the game the third coldest in NFL history and the coldest ever hosted by the Vikings.
Playing on the frozen tundra wasn’t easy, for either team.
Seattle had never played in a below zero game before. Russell Wilson looked uncomfortable at times.
The comeback by the Seahawks was reminiscent of last year’s NFC Championship game against the Packers.
It’s still hard to believe the Seahawks won the game, given how poorly they played for most of the game.
“I didn’t think any game could compete with the crazy comeback last year in the NFC Championship, but today’s in Minnesota did.” — a thought from earlier today I posted on Twitter
And these are just some of the Minnesota papers.
I wonder how many ’Hawks fans will be there. They travel well. Gonna be fun to watch.
I WONDER HOW
this compares with
the rest of the league.
I’ve seen a fan escorted out of Xfinity Arena in Everett during a Silvertips game (a Western Hockey League team) after getting into it with alcohol enforcement. He was a younger man, and he was drunk. A man whom I’m assuming was his father was trying to calm him down, but to no avail. So, he was escorted from the building. I have yet to witness the same happening to a Seahawks fan, though I’m sure it does.
Of course, the vast majority of fans are fine, creating no problems whatsoever. I am curious to know more about these forty-three, however.
MY FAVORITE PHOTO
of the day, from NFL.com. I couldn’t find a bigger version to replace the smaller-than-small thumbnail, so it’ll have to do. But the unfortunate Cleveland Browns fan
gets his point across.
The Seahawks’ Tyler Lockett is only the second rookie in NFL history with at least five receiving touchdowns, a kick return touchdown and a punt return touchdown. The other is a fella named Gale Sayers, who did it when my parents were still in high school, in 1965. For anyone doing, or not doing, the math, that’s 50 years ago! I don’t know anything about Sayers. I’ll have to look him up on the Google. I know Lockett is a special player, but this is a remarkable feat.
The NFL’s Elliot Harrison reminds us of a curious match up this weekend: Ben Roethlisberger, who I saw on Sunday and wrote about this week, will be playing against Matt Hasselbeck, backup to Andrew Luck at Indianapolis. Hasselbeck, then with the Seahawks, and Roethlisberger met in Super Bowl 40.
|It’s not often you see a matchup between two quarterbacks who faced each other in a Super Bowl 10 years prior. That’s what we’re looking at, with Indy’s Matt Hasselbeck set to square off against Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger nearly a decade after Hasselbeck’s Seahawks lost to Roethlisberger’s Steelers in Super Bowl XL. In fact, this anomaly has happened once before, when Dan Marino and Joe Montana, who played each other in the Super Bowl following the 1984 season, met again in a 1994 wild-card game — Montana’s last as a pro.
|As quarterbacks age, the game slows down — but so do their bodies. Roethlisberger is not at that point yet, although he has been dealing with various injuries. He exploited the Seahawks’ secondary last Sunday, and he should have a big day against the Colts this week. Hasselbeck has surprised many with his ability at this stage of his career, but can he keep up in a potential track meet?
I am quickly reading through one reporter’s analysis of the Seattle Seahawks after a terrific game against the Steelers. Are we on the verge of another special year? I sure hope so. We will have to wait and see if that same mojo manifests in the coming game against the Vikings.
“The Seahawks look close to doing something special. It feels that way . . . ”