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Tom Brady: Patriots 'kind of gave it' to 49ers after tie -
"I'm really proud of the fact our guys never blinked an eye down 28 points against probably the best defense in the league," Tom Brady said on WEEI this morning.

Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins just fine without RG3 -
The San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots played one of the more entertaining football games of the season Sunday night, giving the Niners and Seattle Seahawks a very tough act to follow next Sunday night. However, that showdown between NFC West rivals also has all the makings of another edge-of-your seat evening.

Wilson, Luck vs. same eight opponents - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Two weeks ago, we provided upon request a look at how Seattle's Russell Wilson and Indianapolis' Andrew Luck fared against seven common opponents. The two impressive rookies have faced eight common opponents now that Seattle has also played the Buffalo Bills. The Seahawks and Colts have no additional common opponents during the regular season, which means we can now compare their season-long numbers against common opponents.

What NFP is hearing - Draft Rumblings. | National Football Post
Russ Lande takes a look at the stock of four NFL prospects.

Pats' Bill Belichick makes questionable decision; Colin Kaepernick further validates Niners' move - Yahoo! Sports
Kaepernick's drew praise from at least one Patriots defender. "He was poised, nothing fazed him, and the guys on their team rally around him," Patriots Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork said. "He's a good leader … a good leader."

Monday notes: Arthur Brown, Hunter turns pro & more " Seahawks Draft Blog
Last week I wrote a piece about Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown and why he’s worth keeping an eye on for the 2013 draft. He seems almost ideal for Pete Carroll. There’s the history of recruitment at USC, the schematic desire to get the linebackers in space to make plays. Brown is almost the definition of what I think Carroll wants from the MIKE and the WILL. - Desperate times in the desert
"It’s a tough call," one veteran team insider told PFW. "You could make a strong case for either one of those scenarios. There are some people who want everybody’s head right now, right down to the interns and the towel boys. Then there are others who still show their support for Whisenhunt.

The Seahawks have arrived - Blog -
The 2012 Seahawks have arrived. I don't mean as a national contender. Yes, the pundits may now start to take notice, but they won't really take this team seriously until it beats San Francisco next Sunday. I'm not sure they'll believe Canadian wins count 100 percent anyway. No, the 2012 Seahawks arrived because they now know exactly who they are and how they want to win.

High-scoring Seattle turns focus to San Francisco - Seahawks News -
As the Seahawks flew back from Toronto late Sunday night, nearly every person on Seattle's charter was glued to what was happening in New England – watching to see if the Seahawks could be playing for the NFC West division lead this weekend. Blog | Monday in Hawkville: Carroll is concerned only about the 49ers
FOCUS ON The obvious. It’s just that what’s obvious depends on who you’re talking to. Obvious No. 1: The Seahawks are hosting the NFC West-leading 49ers on Sunday night at CenturyLink Field. After their impressive and then resilient performance in last night’s win over the Patriots in New England that pushed their record to 10-3-1, the 49ers can clinch the division title by beating the Seahawks; or the 9-5 Seahawks can keep their division-title hopes alive with a win over the 49ers.

Primed for primetime
The Seahawks slapped a 50-17 win over the Buffalo Bills at the Rogers Centre on Sunday to set the stage for next week’s rematch with the NFC West-leading 49ers at CenturyLink Field.

49ers led by 21 when Justin Smith went out - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Francisco 49ers held a 31-10 lead over New England when Pro Bowl defensive end Justin Smith left the game with an elbow injury.

Injury roundup: Walter Thurmond, Marcus Trufant and Alan Branch | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks don't expect to have cornerbacks Walter Thurmond nor Marcus Trufant practicing when the team returns to work on Wednesday. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is still holding out hope that they might return from hamstring injuries and be available for the game Sunday night against San Francisco.

Division title, more still possible for Hawks | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seattle returned from Sunday's 33-point victory assured of its first winning season since 2007 and one victory away from guaranteeing a...

Suddenly, Seahawks playing like they have no limits | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
What happened to the sluggish team that we saw the first half of the season? It has been demolished, just like Seattle is demolishing its most recent opponents.

Hawks sign DE Monte Taylor to practice squad | Seahawks Insider
The Seahawks announced that they’ve signed rookie defensive end Monte Taylor to the practice squad.

Gio Bernard of North Carolina plans to apply to enter 2013 draft -
"I didn't want to base my projections or where I was (in mock drafts)," Bernard said during a news conference. "I think it was moreso that I wanted to move on to the next step in life and fulfill a dream."

Four bowl games on tap this week | National Football Post
Boise State-Washington highlights the schedule.

How did Julio Jones beat the Giants deep? | National Football Post
Breaking down the WR's 40-yard TD vs. Jayron Hosley.

Monday Observations: Looking for next big thing when it comes to GMs - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
It's inevitable that waves of change will sweep over the front offices of several downtrodden NFL franchises this offseason. Jason La Canfora singles out several overlooked executives that could find success as a GM, if given a chance.

Harbaugh mum on Justin Smith MRI | ProFootballTalk
49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith has undergone an MRI on his injured arm. And coach Jim Harbaugh is saying nothing about what it revealed. "It’s really going to be how he is today, tomorrow, Wednesday, before we know anything," Harbaugh told reporters on Monday.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Audibles at the Line: Week 15
Andy Benoit: Apparently the Bills couldn't get their defense through customs.

2013 NFL Draft Monday mailbag: How do this year's quarterbacks compare to Ryan Tannehill? -
Discussing Zac Stacy, Stedman Bailey, and stacking the 2013 quarterbacks against Ryan Tannehill.

Jim Harbaugh talks Patriots, Justin Smith, Seahawks - Niners Nation
We take a look at Jim Harbaugh's press conference transcript from Monday following the 49ers Week 15 win over the Patriots.