Saturday, January 06, 2007
The Seahawk's dream of returning to the Superbowl is still alive after a heart stopping 21-20 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the NFC playoffs. The Hawks had just grabbed the lead from the Cowboys. After a failed 2-point conversion, the Cowboys marched right up the field led by their brilliant first year quarterback Tony Romo. With less than 2 minutes remaining, the Cowboys did not even have to get a touchdown to get a first down. They could get to the 1 yard line and get a new set of downs. They had all their time out and the Seahawks had none. The Seahawks were able to make a couple key stops and the Cowboys sent out their "can't miss" kicker Martin Gramatica. Roma bobbled the snap though and using his instinct grabbed the ball and headed for paydirt, on the way, he met Seattle Cornerback Jordan Babineaux who stopped Romo in his tracks causing him to fumble, an alert Seahawk picked up the ball. Although the Seahawks had to eventually punt, the team was able to take the game down to the final ticks when it punted to the Cowboys, the ever despondent Romo (thinking his place in historywould be next to Bill Buckner's) threw one last second desperation pass, that the 'Hawks were able to bat away.
Jeramy Steven caught 2 touchdown passes for the Seahawks. Matt Hasselbeck threw 2 interceptions that will be forgotten now that we have won the game. Kelly Jennings, helped cause a Cowboy fumble that was initially called a touchdown but wound up being a safety.
Despite earlier concerns, it was nearly a perfect evening weather wise.
The Playoffs continue next week with the Hawks playing either Chicago or New Orleans.
Posted by Mike Barer at 9:23 PM