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2011 NFL Playoffs, Seahawks Vs. Saints: New Orleans Strikes First With Field Goal

With the crowd fired up, the Seattle Seahawks opened the NFL playoffs in miserable fashion after Olindo Mare booted the opening kickoff out of bounds, giving the New Orleans Saints excellent field position. Starting at their own 40 yard line, the Saints took advantage, stringing together a drive to settle-in and open the game. It was all Drew Brees all the time on the first drive, as the Saints threw the ball six times and ran it once.

Brees was nearly perfect to start the game, connecting on four of six passes. An untimely drop by running back Reggie Bush deep in Seattle territory on third down stalled the drive, forcing New Orleans to settle for a field goal. It was a huge stand for a Seahawks defense defending the short field after a miscue on the kickoff. Marques Colston set the field goal up, snaring a 30-yard Brees pass to put the Saints inside the red zone.

At Qwest Field, the Saints have an early lead on the Seahawks in the first quarter, 3-0. Follow our StoryStream throughout the game for the latest updates on the NFL playoff matchup at Qwest Field.