A 10.5 point underdog at home in the playoffs. The first 7-9 team to win their division. The first team to have a losing record and play in the playoffs. These are all facts about the Seattle Seahawks. Saturday afternoon, none of it mattered. They put up 41 points on the number 4 defense in the NFL and knocked the Saints out of the postseason by the score of 41-36.

 Matt Hasselbeck threw four touchdown passes and Marshawn Lynch scored on an electrifying 67-yard run in the final minutes to lead the Seattle Seahawks to an improbable 41-36 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in the opening round of the playoffs. 

The Seahawks (8-9) came into Saturday's game as the first division winner with a losing record, yet pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NFL playoff history -- with authority. 

The Seahawks held a 34-20 early in the fourth quarter before Drew Brees looked ready to lead the Saints (11-6) on one of their patented comebacks. But Lynch broke about a half-dozen tackles for his TD with 3:22 left as Seattle finished off the Saints.  Matt Hasselbeck threw four touchdown passes and Marshawn Lynch scored on an electrifying 67-yard run in the final minutes to lead the Seattle Seahawks to an improbable 41-36 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in the opening round of the playoffs. 

The Seahawks (8-9) came into Saturday's game as the first division winner with a losing record, yet pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NFL playoff history -- with authority. 

The Seahawks held a 34-20 early in the fourth quarter before Drew Brees looked ready to lead the Saints (11-6) on one of their patented comebacks. But Lynch broke about a half-dozen tackles for his TD with 3:22 left as Seattle finished off the Saints.

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An 11-5 season is nothing to be ashamed of, but losing to a team being dubbed as "the worst playoff team ever" will certainly leave a sting in the Saints organization this offseason.