Sports NFC West Champs
posted by December 25 at 9:54 AMon
The Seahawks are NFC West champions—not that they deserve it. After blundering it in the final minute against the best team in the NFL, after allowing Hasselbeck to be sacked six goddamn times, they needed the San Francisco 49ers, who swept the Hawks this year, to hork it against the Arizona Cardinals. The 49ers obliged, and now if the Hawks lose to Tampa Bay next week—something I certainly wouldn’t put past them—they’ll limp into the playoffs with a .500 record. Even if they somehow beat Tampa Bay, they’ll be 9-7—not exactly a stellar record for the defending NFC champs.
Still, it wasn’t a complete disaster. For one, they gave the San Diego Chargers a run for their money for over 59 minutes. For two, Shaun Alexander had a great game, racking up 140 yards and two touchdowns. And Nate Burleson’s punt return for a touchdown was a beauty to behold, even if it was called back by a bullshit holding call.
But the team no one wanted to face in the playoffs last year, the team that never lost at home, isn’t this team. It will be either Dallas or Philadelphia coming to town the first week of the post-season, and they won’t be exactly shaking in their boots. Yes, anything can happen in the playoffs, but the smart money’s on the Hawks being one and done.