Seattle Seahawks pull off one of the biggest playoff upsets in NFL history

Whenever an NFL football team fires a head coach and hires another one, the chances of having a successful season immediately after are extremely low as it always takes time for a new head coach to get the team to adjust to his new game plan.

Before this NFL regular season began, the Seattle Seahawks did just that as they hired longtime USC football head coach Pete Carroll. During his time with USC, Carroll turned out to be a very successful college head coach with a couple of BSC championship appearances (one win over Oklahoma, one loss against Texas) added to his resume, but the NFL level is another beast altogether as Carroll has failed in the past with the New York Jets and New England Patriots.

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Fortunately for Carroll, the Seahawks were willing to give him another chance on the NFL level as they signed him to a 5-year deal before the season and basically gave him complete control of the franchise in terms of player management.

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A few years ago, the Seattle Seahawks were considered to be one of the best teams in the NFC conference with an offense that could dominate both in the ground game and the air attack. Over the past few years though, the team started to fall apart and go through a gradual rebuilding process with their biggest move been hiring Pete Carroll to call the shots on the sidelines.

Despite finishing the regular season with a losing record of 7-9, Pete Carroll’s first year as the Seattle Seahawks head coach has been considered a success as the team went on to clinch a playoff spot after winning the NFC West division title.

Heading into the first round of the playoffs though, the Seattle Seahawks are basically considered a joke and unworthy of any opponent they might face, including the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.

Ironically enough, despite finished the season with a disappointing 7-9 record, they played host to the Saints in the first round of the playoffs, but were -10 point underdogs.

It’s no secret that everyone consider this game to be an easy win for the New Orleans Saints, but no one expected the Seattle Seahawks to have the kind of performance they did as they pulled off arguably the biggest upset in NFL playoff history.

With veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck throwing four touchdown passes and having arguably the best game of his career, the Seahawks are given an unexpected boost on the offensive side of the football and ultimately were too much for the Saints defense to handle.

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Obviously, with Drew Brees under center, the New Orleans Saints are never completely out of contention in football games and had an opportunity to make another comeback in this playoff game, but after Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch ran for a 68-yard touchdown that literally shook Qwest Field, the Saints were sent packing as their title defense was officially over 41-36.

Now the Seattle Seahawks will set their sights on taking down another tough team in the Chicago Bears who have already been given the -10 point edge in the Divisional round.

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