IN many ways, the Seattle and Washington football teams had parallel seasons. Both teams overcame slow starts and thrived on the skills and leadership of rookie quarterbacks.
Eventually a difference emerged: The Seahawks are going to Atlanta to play the Falcons, and the winner heads for the NFC Championship.
Sunday’s 24-14 win was not as close as the 10-point margin. Once the Seahawks got started, this Washington simply outplayed the other Washington.
The Seahawks used all the offensive tools, putting points on the scoreboard by running the ball, passing the ball, kicking the ball and a two-point conversion.
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Washington’s early scores looked all the more fluky as the game went on. Seahawk defenders shut down the Washington offense. Losing an already impaired Robert Griffin III did not help. Best wishes to him for a full, speedy recovery.
Washington fans had to take Sunday’s loss extra hard, because for years the team had offered little beyond the flat beer of nostalgia.
The giddy effects of a recumbent team’s revival was evident in The Washington Post’s story about the personalities of the two football towns.
The poor reporter assigned to the city-vs.-city sneer was reduced to comparing traffic jams and tweaking Seattle’s reputation for being polite. Right, no confusion there.
No mention of the suffocating August humidity in the nation’s capital, or how 2 inches of snow shut down the city. Well, that last bit rings a bell.
Washington fans have more time to ponder how the cities compare and contrast. Next Sunday is wide open; their season is finished.
Seattle — how to say this politely — is very excited about what comes next for a team that is not finished.