Wednesday, December 31, 2014

You've got to get your first tackle in early, even if it's late

When the Seahawks beat the Rams last weekend they became just the third Super Bowl champ to earn a No. 1 seed in the playoffs the next season since 1998. I have no idea how they did it or what a No.1 seed may mean.

Their first playoff game will be Saturday, Jan. 10, at Century Link Field. The opponent will be the lowest seed that survives the two NFL wild-card games next weekend, either the Arizona Cardinals-Carolina Panthers winner or the Detroit Lions if they win at the Dallas Cowboys. I am bewildered. They have already beaten Arizona twice and they are playing one of three possible teams in the next round?

I am pleased to see though that the best defence in the NFL is not too proud to hone its tackling technique by learning from rugby.

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