It was a tough go-of-it for the Seattle Seahawks. The former Super Bowl champions were eliminated after a 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers. And there may be a reason for their elimination.
According to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, the field was slippery and wet, and due to its poor conditions, the Seahawks fell while trying to defend against the Panthers offense, which ran 41 times for 144 yards.
“We gave up a big play, and Earl [Thomas] slipped and fell on the lousy turf,” Caroll told 710 ESPN Seattle. “That’s how it happened. Normally, that’d be a six or seven yard play.”
Thomas’ slip lead to Jonathan Stewart finding 59 yards down the middle (before Richard Sherman finally put an end to it), putting the Panthers in scoring position. And them being the Panthers, they sure capitalized on the opportunity.
Though the field conditions might have led to Thomas falling and stopping Stewart, but otherwise, it is not certain that Caroll is exactly blaming the turf for the loss. Besides, the Seahawks could not fight back against the Panthers’ momentous offense, and I truly believe that the team did not have the potential to make it to the win.
Speaking of which, Marshawn Lynch was a ghost. Legitimately. He was invisible in the loss to Carolina.
“He didn’t get much of a chance,” Carroll said. “He didn’t get the opportunity to get going. Even the first run, he kind of got loose in the backfield. Heck, he didn’t have a shot. He tried hard.”
So if you ask me, it was more than a slippery field that took playoff hopes away from Seattle.