Times staff reporter Bob Condotta breaks down Sunday’s divisional-round playoff game in Charlotte, N.C. Staying tight on Olsen.
One of the top two examples of the struggles the Seahawks had with tight ends this season happened in the first game against Carolina and Olsen.
Carolina led the NFL with a plus-20 turnover margin and scored 148 points off of those takeaways, which also led the NFL. Carolina’s opponents scored just 32 points off of their turnovers, a whopping margin of plus-116, which equals a touchdown a game and was 40 more than anyone else.
The only team to allow fewer points off of its opponents turnovers this season? The Seahawks, whose foes scored just 29 points, due in large part to the fact that quarterback Russell Wilson threw just two interceptions in his last eight games, including one off of a tipped pass last week against the Vikings.
All NFL games inevitably turn on the play of the quarterbacks.
He has five games with a passer rating of 104.6 or better and a career playoff passer rating of 93.9 that ranks seventh all-time, ahead of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.