‘This is the most dangerous Seahawks team yet:’ The world reacts to Seattle’s insane win

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 10: Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks reacts on the sidelines during the NFC wild card playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings at TCFBank Stadium on January 10, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

SEATTLE – The Seattle Seahawks have played in so many insane games the past few seasons, it’s hard to put Sunday’s 10-9 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in context.

How  the heck did Blair Walsh miss that 27-yard field goal? Just how good are these Seahawks? And what’s going to happen next week against the Carolina Panthers? (Coverage of that game begins at 6 a.m. on Q13 FOX.)

Here’s what sports journalists around the country have to say.

ESPN’s Rich Cimini says the Seahawks should thank their lucky stars they’re still alive, pointing out that no kicker since 2001 has missed a shorter field goal int the postseason that would’ve tied or given his team the lead in the last two minutes:

The Seahawks got lucky, crazy lucky. They escaped the frozen north with a 10-9 victory that defied explanation. The two-time defending NFC champions beat the Vikings because of two plays — a broken play that turned into a miracle pass by Russell Wilson and the Walsh miss with 22 seconds left. The Seahawks’ Super Bowl Revenge Tour should be over — finished — but they’re moving on to the divisional round against the Carolina Panthers thanks to their Houdini-on-Ice performance.

Sports Illustrated said this is the greatest Seahawks team of all time:

Mother Nature and a hard-fighting Vikings defense did not allow it to be seen this past Sunday, but this Seahawks offense is the best it’s ever been. Whereas before the Seahawks often had to make it a low-scoring affair in order to beat a quality opponent, they’re now capable of outscoring one. If they fail to make a third Super Bowl run, it will be because the other NFC teams that are still standing also got better. This is the most dangerous Seahawks team yet.

Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel talked to Blair Walsh in the locker room after that fateful kick:

There is no other way to sugarcoat it. There is no other way to pretend this wasn’t a horror show of an ending. This isn’t kindergarten, feelings sometimes get hurt.

“It didn’t feel good off my foot and I kind of knew right away,” Walsh said. “… When you pull it to the left like that you didn’t stay long enough into the kick and commit through it enough. And that is what I didn’t do. I had done it all day so I am not sure why I didn’t there.”

Later he sighed.

“It’s ridiculous.”

The Charlotte Obersever writes that it’s felt inevitable all along that the Seahawks would meet the Panthers in the playoffs. He talked to former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka about the matchup:

“(The Panthers) are going to have to beat a very good football team in Seattle. Seattle’s the bully on the block,” Ditka said. “They’re going to come in and they’re going to punch you in the mouth. And if you can’t take it, they’re going to beat the hell out of you. That’s all there is to it.”

But Ditka’s picking the Panthers to beat Seattle and go on to the Super Bowl, where Rivera’s former coach believes Carolina will beat New England.

Rolling Stone took that one step farther, saying the Seahawks and Panthers will be the NFL’s next great rivalry:

Of course, in order to replace Brady vs. Manning, that rivalry actually has to end. The Broncos and Patriots are the top two seeds in the AFC right now, and if they win next week, they’ll duke it out for perhaps the final time in the AFC championship game. But a week sooner, and over a decade younger, the next generation of the NFL’s best rivalry is just getting started. It’s Cam vs. Russ. Cat vs. Bird. Dab vs. Divinity. Who you got? Everyone will be choosing a side by Sunday.

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