Out of respect for .net's golden rule, I will restrain myself. Thusly I say: This game sucked! (those are all upper case asterisks by the way). If I had a Seahawks placard on my wall behind me, I'd point to it and say "the Seahawks defense took a big shit on that today."
I'm also mad because the Buffalo Wild Wings guy screwed up his timing. I wanted overtime dammit!
Buffalo Wild Wings did issue an apology though, for what it's worth.
Fun and jokes aside, I'm actually pretty upset by this one. I mean jeez, what a great way to piss away the best road performance of Russell Wilson's career. I'm not normally a reactionary guy, but I could kind of feel a painful loss deep in my core throughout this game yet was baited by false hope. It's hard to feel secure when Seattle has lead in EVERY. SINGLE ROAD GAME. this season... and yet is just 1-5 in those games.
I don't even want to talk about this game. I just want to be put into a coma and woken up before the 2013 draft at this point. Seattle's season is not over, but this loss was a huge blow. I'll re-check coolstandings or whatever site it was the tracks playoff odds, but I'd guess that this loss probably will put Seattle under 5% for the division when it gets updated later this week. And this loss probably makes them a ~20-30% for the wildcard, compared to being much higher on both fronts had they won. Seattle can make up this loss by beating Chicago, but that's by several magnitudes the toughest road game of the entire season. That division number almost vanishing is huge, and if you have to ask why then clearly you have been turning off your TV during the 4th quarters of Seattle's road games this season.
Ryan Tannehill has justified his draft pick. He's having a good rookie season by rookie QB standards, and people aren't talking about it because this is the greatest rookie QB season in NFL history, and Miami was just 4-6. I am not surprised that he had the kind of game he did. He's an improviser, and if you can't finish a sack, he will make you pay for it. And that's exactly what he did over and over. I just wish our defense didn't make it look so criminally easy at times. Tannehill played well in the second half, but it's pretty easy to play well when your receivers are consistently open by 5-10 yards. It's not easy to score 17 points in the 4th quarter to win a game, that is unless you are playing our defense anywhere other than Seattle. I just can't get over how easy our defense made it look. It looked 100% automatic. When Miami got the ball back with 1:38, I just wanted to fast forward. I already knew Miami was going to win the game.
Kudos to Miami. They deserved to win. Especially their run defense. And when Troy Polumalu hangs em up I'm pretty sure Paul Soliai will be getting a well deserved call from Head and Shoulders marketing rep.
That said, Seattle had three chances for long field goals and turned those chances into 3 punts. They had a huge interception in the red zone that was effectively turned into a Miami touchdown when an airborne ET barely touched Tannehill's facemask. It wasn't a bad call really, just a very painful one. And also the kind that probably doesn't get called pre-Goodell. That was just one penalty of many. The Seahawks had yet another 10+ penalty game. That is perhaps the most disappointing facet of this loss. Because for several weeks before this game, Seattle seemed to have put their penalty woes behind them.
Kudos to Leon Washington for helping us remember that kick returners are not consistent performers and that we should be patient before passing judgement on them.
Kudos to Bobby Wagner who had a very nice game and should have had two picks.
Kudos to the Seahawks defensive line for drawing a ton of holds that the refs almost never called.
And kudos to Golden Tate. What a sick catch that was.
Kudos to Warren Moon, although I'd bet he's actually disappointed that his record wasn't broken.
Kudos to the broadcast producer for picking up on the incredible similarities between Wilson and Tarkenton.
And finally, kudos to Fox for giving us Tim Ryan for I believe the 4th straight Fox Broadcast. He's probably jinxing us with that coffee grinds smear of a beard (I think Seattle is 1-3 in his games), but I don't care. He does an awesome job. And he has an awesome beard. So it's hard to hate.