Percy Harvin's long-awaited return to the field barely got off the ground Saturday.
"The poor kid," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said after the game, per The News Tribune's Todd Miles. "He finally gets to play and he banged his head against the turf really hard. He was OK the first time, but the second one really rocked him.
"Unfortunately, he was just sick about the thought that he couldn't go back out."
Losing Harvin impacted a Seahawks offense that was outgained 301 to 103 yards through the air by New Orleans. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson looked for Harvin often out of the gate, connecting with the receiver three times for 21 yards before the head injury sent him packing.
Seattle's identity is built on the ground, but there's reason for concern around an air attack that churned out the fewest postseason passing yards since Rex Ryan's ground-and-pound Jets had just 93 in a 2009 divisional-round win over the San Diego Chargers.
Harvin's status for the NFC Championship Game will be monitored heavily all week.