Well, could last Saturday have gone much better? Russell with the performance of a lifetime on one side of the ball while Kam Chancellor reminded the rest of the country that the other half of our safety tandem is pretty darn good too. It was almost as good as the last time the Hawks blasted Carolina in the playoffs. Obviously that last time had a little more on the line though. Speaking of, I hear there’s an NFC Championship game in town on Sunday. It’s come to my attention that the Hawks are playing in it too. That sounds like something I’ll enjoy attending. I’m sure I can find tickets for like $20, right? No? Hmmm…ok I guess I’ll just use the ones I already bought. Let’s get ready for the game through the shenanigans and ballyhoo of south central Los Angeles in Friday.
“Craig, Craaaaaig! Let me borrow your VCR right quick. I need to dub a tape.” Good thing I fired up the VCR last Saturday. It allowed me to re-watch that game on Sunday and see some things I couldn’t see all that well from our perch in section 339. First and foremost, Kam Chancellor’s high jumps on those field goal attempts were just incredible. It’s always good to give teams something else they have to plan for. Recording the game also allowed me to marvel yet again at the deft touch with which Russell was throwing the ball. The TD throws to Baldwin and Kearse were absolute things of beauty. Then the capper with Kam’s interception and run back. I might have watched that more than a few times.
“He gonna cry in the car.” In case you’ve been off the grid the last week, it seems Aaron Rodgers has a problematic calf muscle. Straight out of a scene from Varsity Blues, he apparently got the shot pre-game and was able to take down a middling Dallas defense. But now he gets to face the Seahawk pass rush and the Legion of Boom. If there’s one kind of quarterback that has struggled against the LOB, it’s the immobile kind. One good shot from Kam Chancellor, and you can well bet Aaron will be crying in the car.
“I grab a dog. I choke him and I kick the shit out of him. All day long got my foot up a dog's ass. Just bang, bang, bang up his ass. That's my pleasure.” That monologue from Mr. Jones sums up so many of the Seahawk units right now. Marshawn certainly runs that way. The run defense absolutely takes those words to heart. And obviously the secondary has that as their mantra. I’m remembering back that Wes Welker had to put together a film reel to get the Broncos fired up to play as physical as the Hawks do. It’s so awesome to have a team that doesn’t need any artificial help in being complete badasses.
“I wish you was sleeping right now, I knock you upside your head with a left hook make your ass wake up and take out that damn trash.” It might very well take a left hook to wake us all up for this game. In a cruel twist of fate, Fox has the early championship game this year and that means the earliest starting game in the history of Seahawk home games. So, it necessitates the plea I’ve made before but is even more important for Sunday. Take it easy on Saturday night. No karaoke that could affect your vocal cords. No excess intake of intoxicating liquids that could cause you to sleep late or deal with a hangover all day. The bar at the tailgate will be up and running early so you can be properly prepped for maximum volume.
“He thinks he's the Mack... Hehe. Macaroni.” Well, he’s right. Russell is the Mack. All he’s done is go 9-0 against Super Bowl winning quarterbacks in his career. He’s 26-2 at home in his career. He has brought this team back from 4th quarter deficits more times than I can remember. He’s been doing it the last 2 months while facing some of the best defenses the NFL has to offer. Now he gets an average NFL defense to go up against on Sunday. Gotta think he’s looking forward to that opportunity.
“For most people, Friday's just the day before the weekend. But after this Friday, the neighborhood'll never be the same.” As our old pal Mike Williams would remind us, it is the day before the day before. And there’s no doubt that after this Friday, Seattle may never be the same. A win for the Hawks puts this town into a frenzy for another two weeks and a win on February 1st begins a completely different conversation. But it’ll be one that begins with the word “dynasty”.
“Bye Felicia.” C’mon Hawks. Let us say that to Packer fans just one more time!!
Seahawks 34, Packers 20
Even though the market for NFC Championship tickets in Seattle is expensive, at least prices have been consistent.
As of Monday, the average asking price for Seahawks/Packers tickets is $792.03, which is less than $1 more than the Seahawks/49ers NFC Championship in 2014. Even with the large price tag, the 12's will have to be in full force -- the Packers have one of the strongest traveling fan bases and caused prices to jump 8% after the matchup at CenturyLink Field was set.