Dec 2, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller (86) runs for yards after the catch against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Defense Can’t Help Out Offense
It wasn’t Marshawn Lynch that beat the Saints this time, as the defense held Lynch to just 45 yards on 16 carries. It was Russell Wilson. Wilson’s read option caused some havoc, as he rushed 8 times for 45 yards, but really shined in the passing game, outperforming Drew Brees.
Wilson would only take one sack, and would go 22/30 for 310 yards, and 3 touchdowns. The Saints would surrender 429 total yards of offense to the Seahawks, including 300+ in the first half.
What killed the Saints more than anything were the big plays, as Wilson had connected with huge plays to Zach Miller (60 yards), Doug Baldwin (52 yards), and Ricardo Lockette (33 yards).
Let’s also not forget that special gem of a play that ended in a tipped pass for a touchdown.