There can’t be enough said about this play; there just can’t!
Any play that causes a minor earthquake to be felt on the Richter Scale in Sodo NEEDS to have its own post.
This play was huge, no doubt about it. First and foremost, it was late in the game and the Saints had just scored to bring the game within 4 points. There was no doubt, if and when they got the ball back, they would score again to take the lead. What we had to hope for was to maybe get a first down on the drive, so we could kill the majority of what clock was left.
What we got was a play that has no superior in Seattle sports history. The only thing you could even compare it to is The Double, but I would argue this is on par.
Both plays pretty much single-handedly won their respective teams a playoff game in the first round; both plays had their teams advancing. Both came late, both when their teams desperately needed something huge to happen. While one, you could argue, saved baseball in Seattle; the other, you could argue, brought back to relevance professional football in Seattle. Because this validates Pete Carroll’s entire regime. We’re pretty much guaranteed, with the NFC West title and now the first round playoff upset, that we will see Pete Carroll through the duration of his contract and likely beyond. This gets the whole ball rolling again.
Of course, we still need a quarterback in the draft, but you know what we get out of this run? We get to say, “Look, maybe Matt Hasselbeck isn’t quite as done as we all thought.” Essentially, that’s the difference between winning and losing this ballgame. Had we lost; had we not had The Run and New Orleans took the ball the other way for the game clinching touchdown, we would have looked back at all those possessions in the 4th quarter and we would’ve said, “Sure, Hasselbeck had a good game, but where was he when it mattered?” Unfair, yes. But it would have been a bitter pill to swallow when you’re so close to an upset victory and have it snatched right back from you.
Ignoring the ramifications of The Run, it was just bad ass, plain and simple! He broke 8 tackles! He knocked Tracy Porter on his ASS! This was 67 yards of sheer determination. Sure, there have been longer runs, but most of the time those are break-aways. This was a man playing against boys. And no play aside from the Steve Largent retribution hit of Mike Harden has elicited such a forceful response from Seahawks fans.
We finally have a play that will make everyone forget about Bo Jackson running over The Boz …
This run, I would argue, renders all the bad Seattle mojo we’ve had since Seattle has had sports teams completely moot. We went out there and we TOOK what was ours. It wasn’t given to us, it wasn’t won by default; and more importantly, it wasn’t taken AWAY from us. The refs couldn’t touch us, the other team couldn’t take us down, the football gods couldn’t smite us with a freak instance of bad luck. This changes who we are from now on.
We’re bad-ass winners, and with this run we just converted a nation of non-believers into Seahawks fans. A nation who wants nothing more than for us to go into Chicago and give them more of the same. Beast Mode upside your grill!