Admit it, you were turning into The Legion of Gloom out there, weren’t you?
You’d watched the Seahawks make a nice play against the Carolina Panthers only to muck it up with a penalty or mistake oramissed block or faulty tackle.
They couldn’t run the ball, they couldn’t follow the rules, and they certainly couldn’t consistently block a Carolina front-7 that might be as good as they’ll face all season.
All that Super Bowl talk? Well, never mind.
But, following the Seahawks’ 12-7 triumph Sunday over the Panthers – and their own competitive procrastination – two revelations stick out.
One, the guys on the field never doubted for a second that one of their cronies would come up with the big play at some point late in the game that would put a shiny score on what had been an ugly endeavor.
And the second thing? Getting their nose bloodied by a tough team on the road might be exactly what the Seahawks needed to get in the proper frame of mind for next week’s NFC West duel with San Francisco at CenturyLink Field – especially after spending the past six months getting nothing but Valentines and blown-kisses from the media and fans.
“I think this is one of those games that we needed as a team … some adversity,” said cornerback Richard Sherman. “I think us getting this kind of game early is going to help propel us throughout the season.”
So while they came through with their hubris unscathed, they were reminded of an NFL truism: Opponents love to knock off hot-shot teams.
“That’s how it is in the NFL,” defensive tackle Brandon Mebane said. “You get put in situations where you’ve got to fight. I think it’s a real good thing for us. Every team is going to come at us like this. No win is going to be easy.”
No, nothing’s easy when you commit nine penalties for 109 yards, especially two on a crucial late drive. Or when you score no touchdowns on three Red Zone possessions. Or when you’re a team that likes to line up and run the ball but you can only generate 2.7 yards per carry in 26 tries.
But the Seahawks managed to stay close, and in the fourth quarter, they got a touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse and a forced fumble by Earl Thomas that stalled the Panthers, who seemed on the verge of punching in the go-ahead touchdown.