If you listen to the show enough you have probably heard me say that our high school football coach had a sign above the door in locker room that read "Find A Way To Win."
That phrase is a little cliche and maybe it's hokey, but it's simple and it's 100 percent accuarte. Football, and really for that matter all sports, comes down to just finding a way to win. No one cares about style points, at least I don't. All I care about at the end of the day is a win. I'm not concerned how that win is achieved, I just want to look at the clock at the end of the game and see the team I root for ahead of the opposition.
The Seahawks just found a way to win the game against Chicago. Plain and simple. Despite all the penalties. All the missed calls by the referees. Despite the misadventures of the replay officials. And despite all the lucky bounces the Bears had when the football was loose on the field, the Seahawks found a way to win.
Don't underestimat this victory for Seattle. Don't let anyone undersell you on how important this game was for this young team has they continue to march toward the playoffs. Pete Carroll noted it last night and he was spot on - Russell Wilson needed this win. He didn't need it to justify the team for drafting him or starting him. He needed it for himself. Wilson needed to prove it to himself that he can lead a playoff team on the road in a hostile enviroment and come away with a win. Wilson has done it before, but ultimately his defense has let him down.
Not this time.
Wilson didn't let the defense have another opportunity to boot another game. He started that overtime and probably said to himself that the Bears can not touch the ball again.
When Wilson marched the team down the field for 97 yards and hit Golden Tate on the slant that gave Seattle a three point lead, everyone celebrated as if the game was over. However, Chicago was able to go down the field and tie the game and absolutely seize momentum from the Seahawks. To use a boxing term, the Seahawks took a surprise left to the chin that knocked Seattle down. The difference this time for Seattle was that they didn't stay down. They got up and quickly moved past the defensive meltdown and took the ball in overtime and drove 80 yards for the game winning touchdown.
Credit must be bestowed upon the coaching staff, players and specifically Wilson for not allowing themselves to dwell on the disappointment.
If this victory has the type of impact I think it will, then we are set up for a terrific final month of the regular season and this could be a very special playoff run in Seattle.
I said on the show last week that this was a must win for the Seahawks. However, I didn't mean that if they lost that they would be eliminated from the playoffs. My point was that they needed this win mentally. Wilson and company needed to win on the road to prove to themselves that they are worthy of making a deep run in the playoffs.
But, most importantly, when everything seemed stacked against them, the Seahawks were calm, focused and just found a way to win.