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Saints Season Comes to a Stunning End with 41-36 Upset Loss in Seattle

In a game that not many saw coming, the Seahawks topped the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints 41-36 to start the Wild Card weekend in the NFL.

The Seahawks, a team that needed to win last week to get in the playoffs, was the first team under .500 (7-9) to reach the postseason as the NFC West Champs.

Matt Hasselbeck threw four touchdown passes for the Hawks, this against a secondary and team that had allowed a league low 13 this season. The killer was a late Marshawn Lynch electrifying 67-yard touchdown run in the final minutes to ice the win with the Hawks holding a 34-30 lead.

The Seahawks held a 34-20 early in the fourth quarter before Drew Brees looked ready to lead the Saints (11-6) on one of their patented comebacks. But Lynch broke about a half-dozen tackles for his TD with 3:22 left as Seattle finished off the Saints.

Brees threw for 404 yards on 39-of-60 passing with two touchdowns. He got the Saints to a 17-7 lead with 13:38 to play in the second quarter, but the Seahawks rallied with Hasselbeck throwing touchdown passes to John Carlson and a 45-yard score to Brandon Stokley to give the Hawks a 24-20 lead at the half.

Seattle scored 10 third quarter points to open up a 34-20 lead, but the Saints scored the next 10 points to make it 34-30 before Lynch’s run put a nail in the Saints’ coffin.  Seattle will move on to play either the Bears or Falcons next week based on the results of tomorrow’s Packers-Eagles game.

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11 Responses to “Saints Season Comes to a Stunning End with 41-36 Upset Loss in Seattle”

  1. John Atwood says:

    The Saints defgense was virtually nonexistent. They ran all over us. Even without our best running backs, we had a chance to win but the defense was terrible. I hope they draft for defense this spring. Trading Bush for a REAL running back would also help.

    • Alan Beasley says:

      So the perfect qb and perfect head coach lost. NFL rigged the last SB for the Saints to win anyway, to show how the NFL is important to the country, and how the Saints “lifted New Orleans after Katrina”
      Saints will slide back to their usual mediocre selves.
      Enjoy your one Super Bowl win, won’t be another one for another 43 years.
      Maybe we will be rid of the endless Brees commercials at last.

  2. John Atwood says:

    Saints have never had a real pass defense, and Bush is so overrated

  3. Seahawnger says:

    Respect the ‘hawks!

    We outplayed you when it counted!

    Who day?

    Go Hawks!

    • bag lady says:

      Lucky for you, our defense slept through the game.

      • Kim says:

        Even if the defense was sleeping the Saints should have won that game. Seahawks had their share of personnel problems. The Saints were out played bottom line. No excuses. Seattle was the better team that day.

  4. Evoxx says:

    Now give us your Hornets please, thanks!

    Go Hawks!

  5. bag lady says:

    Brees can’t win a big game alone. Clear and Simple, Defense lost this game and we will be back. I am sure the Super Bowl hopefuls are happy to see Manning and Brees off their radar.

  6. Tom Glosier says:

    I actually did not care who won that game, however I was stunned at just how bad the New Orleans secondary was……terrible tackling, missed assignments and overall embarrassing play. Such a shame.

  7. Erock says:

    Haha I have been saying for weeks that the saints are fraud! They only beat 3 good teams all year!!!! They got crushed AT the unsuperdome by the browns who won 5 games this year and crushed by Arizona which is pathetic! AZ is arguably the worst team in the league! The saints were finally exposed!

  8. […] the Saints’ lack of defensive prowess made itself evident early and often, and was showcased when Marshawn Lynch broke out for a 67 yarder and made New Orleans’ D look like the Pee Wee […]

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