Seattle Seahawks Suffer a Big Loss in Wild Card Win

By Jake Coburn
Seattle Seahawks - Chris Clemons
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The Seattle Seahawks survived through the wild card game to play another week after falling behind early to the Washington Redskins and coming back to win.

The Seahawks proved that even after a slow start on the road, they are capable of turning it on when the time matters most.

Seattle needs to find a way to come out strong in the next playoff game and not battle back from behind, which is something that has been somewhat of a problem for them this season.

The biggest hit the Seahawks took in the game against Washington was losing defensive end Chris Clemons, who is out due to a knee injury. Clemons tore his ACL and meniscus during Sunday’s playoff game which forces him to miss the rest of Seattle’s Super Bowl chase.

This loss is huge for the Seahawks and the defense. Clemons is a big piece of the defensive front for Seattle and has continued to give offenses a problem throughout the season.

Clemons has recorded 11.5 sacks this season, along with three forced fumbles, which has made him one of the biggest parts of the defense that has played dominantly over the last few weeks. The Seahawks will need to find a way to replace Clemons’ presence on the field along with continuing to pressure the opposing quarterback.

Rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin will have to step up in a big way this week in order to keep the defense fired up and allow the Seahawks to move on to another week in the playoffs.

If Seattle can find a way to continue to pressure the quarterback and come out hotter at the start of the game, they could find themselves playing for the NFC Championship.

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