**Written and compiled by HansDat**
Thud. That is the sound of our 2010 season hitting the ground against the cold fieldturf of Qwest Stadium.
It was fun while it lasted, but now it's over, so here is your final Who Dat Say?! report. I can't say that I'm completely surprised by this loss (just like every time we lose), given our obvious inconsistencies and shortcomings during the regular season, but it was still shocking, nonetheless, to see it actually unfold that way before my very eyes.
We certainly had our chances in that game, but on a day when the defense simply couldn't stop Matt Hasselbeck, Marshawn Lynch, and the rest of the Seattle offense for the better part of the 2nd and 3rd quarters, our own offense was unable to produce enough points to bail us out in the end.
There is much below to read, review, and ponder as we head into an offseason of much uncertainty for the Saints as a team and the NFL as a league.
Make the jump to begin...
Game Statistics, Recaps, and First Reactions
New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks | ESPN.com
NFL Football Recap: Final statistics, play-by-play, drive charts, photos, and video highlights from the New Orleans vs. Seattle game.
Saints See Season End With 41-36 loss | neworleanssaints.com
Staff report - game recap.
GAME BLOG: New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks in NFC Wildcard Game | neworleans.com
Ken Trahan's in-game updates and "quick hits" after the loss.
Rapid Reaction: Seahawks 41, Saints 36 - NFC West Blog | ESPN.com
Mike Sando - Thoughts on the Seahawks' 41-36 win against the Saints in the wild-card round.
Saints-Seahawks by the numbers - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
Pat Y. - ESPN Stats & Information just sent along a big package of information on the 41-36 victory by the Seahawks against the Saints.
usama_young28 Sucks to end it like this, gotta keep our head up and keep pushing. We'll b back. Thanks for the support Who Dats, and my folks in the DMV
T_Porter22 Still can't believe we lost...but they executed and we didn't.. Won't feel the same watching fball and not playing.
scottshanle Who dat nation than you for all u did for us this year! Season did not go as any of us envisioned but we will be back in 2011!! Believe it!
ChaseDaniel It wasn't meant to be this year..so proud of the fight in my teammates! Don't worry, we will be back next year, better then ever. #Saints
alexbrown96 This one won't go away for a while this hurts..... We just didn't make the plays we needed when we needed them..Congrats to the Seahawks
HeathEvans Who Dat Nation/Twitter Nation/Facebook nation/Patriot nation.....u guys r the best! I appreciate all the kind words!! #fb
jgoody76 Ok I'm out peeps. Thanks for the kind words. Sorry we didn't get it done!
scottshanle Man it is amazing to see who the true fans are and we have tons! Thanks for all your supportive tweets!
dmcallister26 Tough loss today Who Dat Nation. Wht does not kill U only Makes u stronger
sharper42 Thanks to all the who dat nation for the support all year. We all truly appreciate all they love. We will def come back stronger next year.
j_bushrod7475 Thanks for all the support friends n family... It hurts us more than you know!!! Gotta lay low and then get (cont) http://tl.gd/811i2h
LanceMoore16 Its not a good feeling losing like that, but we fought hard till the end. We appreciate the who dat nation for their love and support.
LanceMoore16 Appreciate all of the love from our who dats. Without you all we are nothing. U make it easy for us to put it on the line everyday.
MalcolmJenkins Tough loss who day nation... we'll regroup and make another run at it next year!!! We love ya'll and thank ya'll for all the support
MalcolmJenkins Please excuse my auto text... It's WHO DAT Nation not to be confused with who "day"
jgoody76 Good night tweeps!
dmcallister26 Good Morning/Night twit fam
jeffduncantp RT @ProFootballTalk: List of Hall of Fame finalists includes Bettis, Marshall Faulk, Deion, C.Martin, Willie Roaf: http://wp.me/p14QSB-qJf
LanceMoore16 RT @dandemon426: @LanceMoore16...Please re-sign with the Saints. We need u bruh!!! I def want to. Gotta wait n see how everything plays out
From the Saints Sideline
New Orleans Saints stunned by Seattle Seahawks 41-36 | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett - Defending champs' comeback falls short.
Recapping the New Orleans Saints' 41-36 loss to the Seattle Seahawks | NOLA.com
James Varney - How Seattle won the game.
Seattle Seahawks wanted it more than New Orleans Saints did | NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan - Home team made bigger plays, fewer errors.
Defense a no-show as defending champion New Orleans Saints fall | NOLA.com
Peter Finney - Team victims of biggest playoff upset in NFL history.
Seattle surprise: SEAHAWKS 41, SAINTS 36 | 2theadvocate.com
Seattle’s Hasselbeck strafes Saints secondary | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Bradley Handwerger - Saints strong safety Roman Harper watched as the man he was covering seemingly tripped, falling down to the turf as Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck feigned handing off to a running back.
Field position stings Saints in early playoff exit | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Bradley Handwerger - Sean Payton stood at the podium Saturday in the bowels of Qwest Field and ticked off many things he and his coaching staff will lament in the coming days about the Saints’ 41-36 loss to Seattle.
Saints can’t stop Lynch, Seattle’s run game in playoff loss- wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Bradley Handwerger - The lasting image from New Orleans’ 41-36 loss to Seattle in the Wild Card round of the NFC playoffs could be Seahawks running back right through and spin around eight Saints on his way to a 67-yard touchdown.
Eyes didn't have it for New Orleans Saints safeties | NOLA.com
James Varney - Roman Harper says this was not his best game. (HansDat note - to put it mildly.)
New Orleans Saints running backs hobbled until the end | NOLA.com
James Varney - Reggie Bush, Julius Jones left game in second half.
Stokley savors TD catch | 2theadvocate.com
Saints' magical ride comes to an end - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
Pat Y. -- The memories of their Super Bowl season will last forever. The magic did not.
Victory defining for Hasselbeck, Seahawks - NFC West Blog | ESPN.com
Matt Sando - The moment begged for Matt Hasselbeck to indulge the philosophical, the metaphorical.
Wait 'Til Next Year
Saints fall short of ultimate goal, now have questions they must answer | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Bradley Handwerger - Drew Brees stood at his locker, a lone wolf holding the final box score from Saturday’s NFC Wild Card game at Seattle.
Free agency could significantly impact New Orleans Saints' 2011 roster | NOLA.com
James Varney - By rules of current agreement, 28 players would be unrestricted free agents.
New Orleans Saints' offseason to-do list gets longer | NOLA.com
Bob Marshall - Sense of urgency, pass rush, deep threat needed.
V-Roll Roll Call
Video Gallery: Wild Card Playoffs | neworleanssaints.com
The Seahawks shock the defending Super Bowl champion Saints 41-36 in an NFC Wild Card matchup. Includes game package and individual play clips.
Postgame Vlog: Saints winless in Seattle; season over | neworleans.com
Brian Allee-Walsh reports from Qwest Field after the Seahawks stunning 41-36 win over the Saints in the NFC Wildcard round.
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