After watching the wild-card matchups, Scouts Inc. shares some observations about the divisional playoff teams:
For the Seahawks to hang with the Saints, they needed to play a nearly perfect game. They could not beat themselves. They had to play a very clean game, but that didn't happen early.
Olindo Mare booted the opening kickoff out of bounds. Matt Hasselbeck then threw an interception on Seattle's first possession, and before we knew it, the Seahawks were down 10-0. But then it became apparent that Seattle was the better-prepared team. The Seahawks were ready for the Saints' blitzing, and they also threw New Orleans' defense off by using some true five-wide-receiver sets, which allowed them to target lesser cover men than Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer.