Seahawks top Saints 23-15, move on to NFC Championship game

wilson99In a predictable outcome, the Seattle Seahawks topped the New Orleans Saints 23-15 on Saturday to win their postseason game at the CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. The victory moves the Seahawks forward to the NFC Championship game to face the winner of Sunday’s Carolina Panthers vs. San Francisco 49ers divisional playoff game in North Carolina.

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch’s 31-yard touchdown run with 2:40 left in the game gave he Seahawks the victory. The Saints did come back to score a touchdown on a 9-yard pass from Drew Brees to Marquez Colston with 26 seconds left to narrow the lead to 23-15, but the Seahawks were able to hold the Saints to no points after they recovered an onside kick with 24 seconds left in the game.

The Saints had opportunities to win the game, but costly mistakes, 2 missed field goals and the questionable game plan of mostly running the football ultimately was too much for them to overcome. Saints running back Mark Ingram fumbled the ball at the start of the 2nd quarter that was recovered by Michael Bennett of the Seahawks on the Saints 24-yard line.

Two plays later, Lynch ran for a 15-yard touchdown to put the Seahawks up by a 13-0 score at 14:17. In addition to that, Saints kicker Shayne Graham missed two field goals in the 1st half. Had the Saints scored those points then they would have been in position to win the game on their final possession instead of needing a touchdown and a 2 point conversion to win.

Brees played well in passing for 309 yards on 24 of 43 passes. Had the Saints used him more in the 1st half, it’s scary to think about what this game would have been like. The Saints offensive coordinator focused mostly on calling running plays and it just wasn’t working out well for them. Khiry Robinson rushed for 57 yards on 13 carries. Ingram rushed for 49 yards on 10 carries.