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The Saints drop a 34-7 to the Seattle Seahawks

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The New Orleans Saints game in Seattle Monday night wasn't an official playoff game, but it was as close to post season intensity as two teams could get. Seattle prevails in this battle for NFC supreme cy with four regular season games to left play. The 11-1 Seahawks become the first team to clinch an NFL playoff berth while the Saints drop to 9-3, and host the Carolina Panthers, also 9-3, this coming Sunday in a critical NFC South contest.

The Saints got off to a rough start in the Emerald City going three and out on their first possession. The Seahawks with a field goal on ‘their' first possession with kicker Steven Hauschka converting from 26 yards out, staking the Seahawks to an early 3-nothing lead.

But, on the Saints second possession of the game, with the crowd in full voice, the vaunted Seattle front seven closes on Drew Brees early and often. Cliff Avril got to Brees forcing the fumble. Michael Bennett recovered at the Saints' 22 yard line, and took it into the end zone to make it 10-0 Seattle.  The game was effectively over at that point. 

Russell Wilson did a fine job on his team's next possession using his tight end Zach Miller extremely well. First, with a pass play of 60 yards, and then with a 2 yard touchdown pitch and catch to Miller to move the Seattle lead to an eventual 17-0.

But, from the late going of the first into the in the second quarter, the saints got a little something going. Drew Brees drove the team back into the ball game with a 13 play, 80 yard drive aided by a couple of Seattle defensive penalties. Brees to Jimmy Graham for the touchdown and the Graham Slam as Seattle's lead was cut to ten at 17-7

Another Hauschka field goal made it 20-7. But then Russell Wilson did what Saints's fans are used to seeing Brees do. That's go on a late half drive. 12 plays and 88 yards. The trip resulted in a four yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin and a 27-7 halftime lead.

In the second half, the Seattle defense took over smothering the Saints in both the pass and the run. They added another touchdown in the third quarter. The Saints were held to 188 total yards of offense.   Drew Brees passes for 144 yards, thus ending his streak of consecutive games with at least 200 passing yards at 43.

The Saints will now regroup for an important division home game with the Carolina Panthers this coming Sunday, the first of two meetings with Cam Newton and company in three weeks.

 

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