March 24, 2009

Ranking the Squads #7: 2006

As usual, you can find the previous installments of the Ranking the Squads project here...

7. 2006
Record: 9-7
Postseason: NFC West Champions, Lost in Divisional Round
Offensive Rank: 14th out of 32 teams
Defensive Rank: 19th out of 32
Turnover Ratio Rank: 27th out of 32
Team MVP: Josh Brown
High Point: Seahawks 21, Cowboys 20
Low Point: Vikings 31, Seahawks 13

The '06ers made their reputation in the postseason, with a dramatic victory over the Cowboys and an OT loss at the heavily favored Bears. Despite an almost completely depleted defensive secondary, the Seahawks recovered from a 1-3 regular season finish to nearly reach the NFC Championship Game.

Before those two redeeming performances, the 2006 Hawks were a mediocre squad repeatedly bailed out by our formerly beloved kicker Josh Brown. Whether it was the capper to a snoozeworthy win at Detroit, both ends of a STL sweep, or the triumphant finish to a SNF win at Mile High, JB was the difference between victory and defeat for a struggling team. Hasselbeck missed four games after a dirty hit from E.J. Henderson and was never 100% after returning, and SA's decline began in earnest despite memorable performances against Green Bay on MNF and versus Chicago in the divisional playoff.

Ahh, but that win over Dallas... It will forever be remembered as one of the greatest wins in franchise history. Here's what I wrote about it at the time...


Anonymous said...

My favorite clip of that play, it captures the crowd noise perfectly. I've watched it probably 20 times before, and I had to watch it 3 times in a row before I could move on to reading the blog entry.

spoonfulofpeter said...

I can actually see myself in that video. we were 8 rows up on the 5 yard line facing Romo. I get chills every time I watch it. By far the most thrilling sporting event I have ever attended.

So fun to watch over and over.

Anonymous said...

I hated the media for the way they portrayed the game. Nothing of how we'd come from behind to take the lead. Instead, it was how the Cowboy's lost, not how the Seahawks had won. We had over a minute and a half on the clock, Matt at the helm and a clutch field goal kicker. Sometimes I wish they had made the damn field goal so we could've ended the game on a last second field goal of our own.