All Seattle DE Raheem Brock knows is the playoffs

For a week, Seattle defensive end Raheem Brock was looking for

payback.

He felt his hand was missing a second Super Bowl ring, taken

away in the final minutes last year by the Saints in winning their

first championship with a victory over Indianapolis.

”If you all watch the game the last time we played them I was

playing a little (angry) against them,” Brock said last week,

referring to the first meeting with New Orleans in the regular

season. ”It will be fun, it will be nice to take them out of the

playoffs.”

Brock was right. Seattle upset the Saints 41-36 last Saturday,

knocking the defending champs out of the NFC playoffs when few

people seemed to be giving the Seahawks a chance. And Brock

actually had a hand in dismissing the Saints. The veteran finished

with four total tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and a forced

fumble.

”I definitely wanted to get them back. I wanted to get them

back during the season. To take them out of the playoffs, that was

a great feeling,” Brock said earlier this week. ”I know I was

talking about it on Twitter a lot. … The whole game was great

just how we won that game, us being underdogs, everybody is against

us. It was great.”

This playoff run is quite a bit different from what Brock

experienced in the past. This season, he’s on the first division

champs in league history with a losing record. They are 10-point

underdogs for the second straight week heading into Chicago on

Sunday.

But just being in the postseason, that’s all too familiar to

Brock, who has yet to miss the playoffs in his career. That would

be 9-for-9 overall, with 18 total postseason games.

Brock is coming off one of the best regular seasons of his

career after leaving Indianapolis after last season and being cut

by Tennessee at the end of training camp.

Officially, he didn’t start a single game this season – the

first time in his career – but has become an invaluable pass rusher

for the Seahawks opposite emerging defensive end Chris Clemons.

”Both of those guys bring an intensity that if you’re not right

getting off the ball on the line of scrimmage, they’re going to get

you,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. ”Particularly by design we

wanted speed on the edge. … They’ve had a very good year.”

When Brock arrived in Seattle it proved a difficult transition.

He was on the opposite side of the country from his family, playing

away from the East Coast for the first time in his career.

”I had to go out and prove myself all over again, so it was

kind of like my rookie year in Indianapolis all over again,” Brock

said. ”I don’t mind a challenge, I just had to go out there and

prove myself and work my way up to get more reps, and now I’m

getting a lot of reps.”

Brock’s closing charge to a successful season began in Week 12

against Carolina, and he finished with six sacks in Seattle’s final

five regular season games. He had 2 1/2 sacks and a forced fumble

in Seattle’s season finale win over St. Louis that wrapped up the

division title, then followed up with another strong effort against

the Saints.

Combined with Clemons, the duo finished third in the league

during the regular season for sacks by defensive end tandems with a

combined 20.

And Brock is doing it playing defensive end almost exclusively

for the first time in his career after playing some end, but mostly

tackle, in Indianapolis.

”One of the reasons why I left Indy was to get the opportunity

like I have now, to get after the quarterback like I have been

playing at the end,” Brock said. ”I’m just happy to be able to

take advantage of that.”