Numbers can fascinate and amuse and numbers also tell stories. Here you’ll find the numbers that best reflect the pulse of sports in Seattle and the Northwest.
Jan. 16-22, 2011
7 Saves by Mariners relievers not named David Aardsma last season.
12 Blown saves by Mariners relievers not named David Aardsma last season.
2+1 Number of moves the Seahawks have already made since losing to the Chicago Bears in the Divisional Playoffs. They signed two wide receivers to future contracts and, on Monday, dismissed Offensive Coordinator Jeremy Bates.
284 Final official number of transactions made by the Seahawks from the time Pete Carroll became head coach (Jan. 11, 2010) through last Sunday’s game in Chicago.
21 Number of Seahawk players on the roster out of 53 for Sunday’s game in Chicago who are unsigned for next season. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck heads the list, along with five starters on the offensive line.
92 Number of assists Washington point guard Isaiah Thomas has in 17 games this season. Thomas had 91 assists in 35 games played in his freshman year.
9.2 Number of assists Washington point guard Isaiah Thomas is averaging over his last five games. He is averaging 5.4 for the season.
56 Years that have elapsed since a quarterback threw for two touchdowns and ran for two touchdowns in an NFL playoff game. Otto Graham of the 1955 Cleveland Browns was the last to accomplish the feat, before Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears did it on Sunday against the Seahawks.
2 Rushing touchdowns for Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler against the Seahawks, making him the first quarterback ever to rush for two scores in a postseason game against Seattle. The only other quarterback to score one was Ben Roethlisberger of Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XL.
21 Seahawks ended the first half against Chicago trailing 21-0, matching the largest first-half deficit in Seattle postseason history. On Dec. 31, 1988, the Seahawks trailed the Bengals 21-0 at the half and went on to lose 21-13.
113 Receiving yards for Chicago’s Greg Olsen in the first half. Record vs. Seattle in a postseason game: 123, by Hines Ward of Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XL.
6 Jay Cutler’s six-yard TD run in the first half was the first by a Bears quarterback in a playoff game since Jim McMahon scored in Super Bowl XX.
2 Chicago entered Sunday’s NFC Divisional playoff game against the Seahawks sporting the NFL’s second-best run defense (regular season). The Seahawks entered with the NFL’s second-worst rushing offense (regular season).
42 Interceptions thrown by Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler since 2009 — most by any quarterback in the league.
32 Number of players on Seattle’s 53-man playoff roster acquired by the Seahawks in the Pete Carroll regime. To put together the current roster, the Seahawks made 284 player transactions.
1 Number of wins on the road the Seahawks had in 2010 against a team that qualified for the playoffs. That road win came against the Bears at Soldier Field on Oct. 17, 2010.
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