Seattle’s pass D hopes to be great vs. Saints

Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman loses his shoe as he returns an interception for a touchdown during the fourth quarter an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Houston. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Patric Schneider

Seattle’s pass D hopes to be great vs. Saints

TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks finished the regular season with the best pass defense in the NFL with three All-Pro selections in the secondary.

Their best performance came when they shut down New Orleans in Week 13, holding Drew Brees to one of the lowest passing totals of his career.

Now comes the challenge of duplicating that success in Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff game against the Saints, knowing that Brees, coach Sean Payton and the rest of the New Orleans offense will try to counter what Seattle does so well.

In the first meeting the Seahawks were strong in two areas. They got significant pressure on Brees with their defensive line to disrupt timing. The Seahawks also didn’t allow deep throws over the top, forcing Brees to choose secondary targets on short passes.


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