WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Patty Murray, D-Wash., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today announced they have placed a friendly wager on the outcome of Saturday’s National Football Conference (NFC) divisional playoff game in Seattle between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks.

The friendly wager will require the losing team's senator to provide the senator/s of the winning team with oysters and beer from their respective home state. Sens. Murray and Cantwell have offered Pike Place Pale Ale and oysters from Taylor Shellfish Farms while Sen. Landrieu has placed charbroiled oysters and Abita Amber beer on the line.

“I’m very confident going into Saturday knowing that the 12th man will be out in full force,” said Sen. Murray.  “In fact, in the spirit of good old-fashioned Senatorial courtesy, I told Senator Landrieu to keep the mute button handy if she doesn’t want it to sound like 67,000 of our die-hard fans are in her living room. But I don’t expect Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas or any Hawk to extend any courtesies to the Saints, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Louisiana’s well-seasoned seafood stacks up with the natural bounty of the Pacific Northwest.”

“From Washington state to Washington D.C., Seahawks fans are looking forward to victory Saturday,” said Sen. Cantwell. “There is no way the Saints can prepare for the roar of Seattle’s key advantage – the 12th Man. Not only does Washington state have one of the NFL’s premier football teams, but our seafood and craft brewing industries are second-to-none.”

“Fresh off a hard fought victory and the first road win in franchise history, the Saints are marching into Seattle. As we proved last week, the Saints can play well away from home, and I’m confident our boys will pull out a win. The Who Dat Nation is ready for a rematch against the Seahawks, “said Sen. Landrieu. “When we win, I look forward to celebrating a Saints victory with Maria and Patty and tasting Washington spoils, which I’m sorry, just do not compare to gulf oysters or beer brewed from the Abita Spring.  Washington oysters are seasoned with salt and rain while Louisiana oysters are covered in garlic, butter and greatness.”