The Seattle Seahawks showed why Century Link Field is the greatest home-field advantage in the NFL on Monday Night.
Seattle blew away the Saints winning 34-7 to improve to 11-1 on the season. The Seahawks now have a 2-game lead for the number one seed in the NFC. The Saints fall to 9-3, and are now in a first place tie with the Carolina Panthers in the NFC South.
The Seahawks dominated from the start jumping out to an early 17-0 lead off a Michael Bennett fumble return touchdown, and a Zach Miller touchdown catch.
New Orleans cut the lead to 17-7 early in the 2nd quarter, but that’s as close as they would get.
With time running down in the first half, Seattle drove 88 yards on 12 plays capped off by a Doug Baldwin 4-yard touchdown reception.
The Seahawks led 27-7 going into halftime which was the largest halftime deficit for the Saints since 2007 when New Orleans trailed 21-0 against the Buccaneers. Seattle out-gained the Saints in the first half 315-90.
The Saints were kept off the scoreboard in the 2nd half, as the Seahawks cruised the rest of the way. The seven points scored by New Orleans matches the fewest points ever scored by a Sean Payton coached team.
Russell Wilson played a terrific game completing 22/30 passes for 310 yards and 3 touchdowns. Wilson surpassed 300 yards passing mark for just the 2nd time this season.
Drew Brees didn’t enjoy nearly the same amount of luck. His streak of 43 straight games with at least 200 passing yards ended after he only threw for 147 yards.
The all-time NFL record is 145 consecutive games. New Orleans was held to 188 total yards on the night.
The Saints will return home to the SuperDome next Sunday night for a monumental matchup against the Carolina Panthers in a game that will very likely determine who wins the NFC South.
The Seahawks will travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers.