New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks 12/2/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Seattle Seahawks 34, New Orleans Saints 7
December 2, 2013
The Week 13 edition of “Monday Night Football” provided a great matchup to cap off the weekend round of games. Two of the hottest teams in the NFC clashed at CenturyLink Field, in a potential preview of a pairing in this year’s playoffs. The Saints were out to put some distance between themselves and the surging Panthers, while the Seahawks wanted to show that they were able to shut down a high-powered offense. The result was an entertaining--yet ultimately one-sided--game.
Let’s take a closer look at the key statistics and players in this one so that we can figure out exactly why things happened the way they did. Afterward, we’ll take a look forward to Week 14 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: This game got ugly in a hurry. The home crowd in Seattle was pumped up, and the Seahawks were feeding off the bright lights of the Monday night stage. The scoring started out innocently enough, with a 26-yard Steven Hauschka field goal, then the defense got to work with a 22-yard fumble return. Russell Wilson and the Seattle offense did their part as well with a 2-yard pass TD to Zach Miller to cap off a 17-0 first quarter.
The Saints finally responded with a nice drive in the second, sustained by a couple of dumb Seattle penalties and finished off by a 2-yard Jimmy Graham receiving TD. It looked like we might get a competitive game for a moment before the Seahawks expanded their lead with another field goal and passing TD, this one a 4-yarder to Doug Baldwin. They’d take a 27-7 lead into halftime.
Scoreboard-wise, the second half was pretty quiet, and the scoring that did happen didn’t help the Saints. Russell Wilson added another passing TD in the third quarter, this one an 8-yarder to Derrick Coleman. It would be the only score of the second half, and the Seahawks would cruise to a convincing 34-7 win.
With the victory, Seattle secures a playoff spot and move to 11-1 on the year. The Saints drop into a 9-3 tie with their division-mate Panthers as the NFC South dogfight continues.
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The Stars: We could easily put the entire Seahawks team here, as they all did just about everything right. We’ll start with Russell Wilson, who had a stellar game. He went 22-of-30 for 310 yards and three touchdowns, then added a game-high 47 yards on eight carries. Zach Miller (86 yards; TD) and Doug Baldwin (77 yards; TD) were the beneficiaries there.
Defensively, Seattle snubbed out everything the Saints tried to do. Their secondary was a concern coming in, but they stepped up and played very well, forcing Drew Brees to check down just about every throw.
The Goats: Speaking of Brees, he finished with just 147 yards, one TD and a fumble. The run game didn’t fare much better, with the team combining for a total of 44 rush yards. (To be fair, they were playing from behind for most of the game, but still.)
Defensively, the Saints were figured out early by the Seahawks, who took advantage of Rob Ryan’s aggressive tendencies to burn them downfield.
The one area we’ll call Seattle out on is penalty yardage. They were flagged eight times for 66 yards, with many of the infractions being boneheaded decisions by the guilty parties.
Injuries: New Orleans came out of this one relatively healthy, but LB Keyunta Dawson and DE Glenn foster missed the game. For Seattle, they’ll have to watch TE Kellen Davis, who came out with a head injury.
Outlook: Both teams have pretty tough divisional matchups looming in Week 14. The Seahawks will hit the road to visit the 49ers in San Francisco (Sunday, December 8, 4:25 PM on FOX) while the Saints will welcome the incoming Panthers in another primetime game (Sunday, December 8, 8:30 PM ET on NBC).
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