Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell played only 11 snaps Sunday due to a groin injury that wasn’t listed on the team’s injury report, yet there’s been so sign of potential punishment like what’s been mentioned for the Seahawks.
Sure, the Seahawks would have been much better off had they played their divisional-round game at home as opposed to Atlanta. But there was much more to their undoing than that, writes Danny O’Neil.
Danny O’Neil can’t figure out why it it’s important that the Seahawks didn’t report Richard Sherman’s knee injury other than because Seattle failed to follow the league’s protocol.
Danny O’Neil shares his takeaways from the Seahawks’ playoff loss to Atlanta, including what it said about how Seattle’s defenses matches up with top offenses and how much it missed Earl Thomas.
SPONSORED – It was pretty memorable even if the season did end two games sooner than any of us in Seattle really hoped.
An 80-yard punt return by Devin Hester that was wiped out by a penalty could have been the turning point for Seattle, but it was far from the only reason Atlanta knocked out the Seahawks.
The Seahawks avoided the slow start that had been its problem in previous road playoff games, but Atlanta’s offense was too much as Seattle’s season ended in a 36-20 loss Saturday.
The Seahawks almost had a full complement of running backs, but while fullback Marcel Reese bounced back from a foot injury he suffered last week, rookie C.J. Prosise is inactive.
Pete Carroll’s Seahawks first realized their potential in Atlanta four seasons ago. Now they return looking to do the one thing they fell short of that year — beat the Falcons in the playoffs.
Since the NFL expanded its playoff format to 12 teams in 1990, the home team has won roughly one out of every four divisional-round games. The Seahawks are 0-3 in those such contests.