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In an area thirsty for winners, the Mariners, Sounders, Huskies and Cougars provide action-packed weekend on Seahawks’ bye week.
Lloyd McClendon gave Felix Hernandez a parting gift Sunday, once it became apparent that his outing, typically brilliant, had become superfluous. The gift was adulation. A chance for Mariners fans to salute Hernandez one final time for his wondrous season.
After a night of exquisite tension, of heart-rending disappointment, of near-agony and ultimate exhilaration, the Mariners live to play another day with postseason hopes still intact.
A playoff spot was there for the taking but the Mariners have faltered down the stretch, losing 12 of their past 17 games.
Even coach Chris Petersen not sure if his team is ready to challenge Stanford
After a poor second half that included a costly interception, Russell Wilson came up with a moment in overtime that turned out to be another one of those that will define him: A beautiful drive in which he out-Manninged Peyton Manning to pull the victory back to the Seahawks.
The Seahawks, however, also have much at stake, and much to stoke them, beyond the obvious desire to avoid a 1-2 start.
“It’s really funny,” Sherman says of chatter after the loss at San Diego, when Keenan Allen caught five passes. “Especially when you have little guys like the Chargers guys talking about how they exposed something.”
The Denver Broncos will have a chance Sunday at CenturyLink Field to avenge the 43-8 beatdown they suffered at the hands of the Seahawks in the Super Bowl.
The Seahawks’ loss on a sweltering day in San Diego drives home one point: Seattle will get every opponent’s best shot.
If the Seahawks thought San Diego was fired up, they haven’t seen anything yet. Here comes a Denver Broncos team fuming from their embarrassing Super Bowl loss.