Setting the Stage

Hawk on Hawk Action

December 31, 2019

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Happy New Year 12s!

It's that time of year again where we say goodbye to the regular football season for the year and look forward to either the next year of football ahead, or in our case, the next opponent in the post season! Now, if you're like me, you never want to finish the season with a loss. Despite a clinch in the playoffs, it just leaves me feeling on the wrong foot, but this season is a little different, and I'll tell ya why...

1. Better position.

There's no denying it, this wasn't our best season. We got away with a handful of wins, and lost some "gimme" games. But looking at the statistics (dork alert) we play better on the road, and with our backs against the wall and this last week was proof of some of that. Losing to the Niners was no surprise, we snuck away with a win on their turf and they came back looking for blood, especially when the division title is on the line. I'll be the first to tell you that I didn't think that we would walk away with a win this week, but I was pleasantly surprised with the display they put on. As we got later and later into the game, you saw the fire leave the Niners and fuel the Hawks. We could see a visible difference in skill and comfort with Wilson that when we see it and he turns it on, it's a matter of time before they grab the win.

2. We can beat Philly

If we were to walk away with a win last week, that would have put us in the #2 slot. Still giving us a bye week, but not necessarily setting us up for success in the next few weeks. As it stands, I truly believe that we can absolutely crush the Eagles, propelling us into Levi for a rubber match against the Niners (assuming the Vikings don't get a miracle win and knock out the Saints.) And with as much downplaying that we've been doing this season, that's a rubber match that I have a good feeling about. While we're not the steam-rollers that we used to be, no team in the league wants to face off against us. Let's face it, we're a tough team to beat. We're beatable, but you're walking away bruised afterward and nobody wants that. A win against the Eagles may just be the fuel and momentum we need going into this rubber match. We shall see.

3. We weren't beat this week, we lost.

Semantics, yes, but our boys did a hell of a lot better than I expected. With Carson and Prosise being out, the number of injuries and illnesses we've been hit with, and a seemingly hopeless task in front of us, I expected a wash of a game this past week. But that's just not what the Hawks do. Bringing back Marshawn was another move that I was skeptical, yet intrigued about, which also proved me to be the wrong one. They played him EXACTLY like they needed to. He's not the freight train that he used to be, but he's no punk either. I completely called the first play that he came out that he was all for show, but I got the biggest grin when he dove in that touchdown. It was just like the good ol days, wish I could have been in that stadium. Regardless, I also noticed that we didn't see Turbin at all during that game, and a lot of the other players were quiet as well. Gear up gang, Pete and the crew have some cards up their sleeves that they've been saving all season and we're about to watch a brand new team in this playoff run. Mark my words.

We've certainly had better positioning in the playoffs, but I know for a fact that we've looked a lot worse. I'm not positive we're going to make it to the big one, nor win it. But I got a good feeling that this is going to be a postseason worth watching. I'm sticking in there 12s, I hope you're all with me. With that....Mike Hawk is OUT!