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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Saturday

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Sixty Minutes Away - The Official Web Site of Earl Thomas | NFL Safety . Seattle Seahawks
Sixty minutes of football. It gives me chills just thinking about that number. We’re so close to everything that we want, everything that we’ve been thinking about since summer workouts. It feels good to be so close to that.

Seattle vs. San Francisco: It's about more than football -
Seahawks-49ers rivalry is filled with animosity, and it's not just the teams. It's coaches (Pete Carroll, Jim Harbaugh) and cities too.

Brandon Mebane, though unknown, is the rock of the Seahawks’ defense | The MMQB with Peter King
For Seattle defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, the difference in becoming a difference-maker was simple: Go back to the ’70s. Though he may not flash on the stat sheet, he’s an integral part of the Seahawks’ top-ranked defense and a dominant force the 49ers will have to reckon with on Sunday

What Makes Seattle's Secondary Such a Dominant Group? | Bleacher Report
When studying defensive secondaries, I look for a certain style that jumps off the tape. Give me a unit that dictates the flow of the game, intimidates and competes consistently at the line of scrimmage.

Scott Enyeart -- January 16
Posted Friday, January 17th 2014 @ 8am

NFL Conference Championship preview: Examining Broncos-Patriots, Seahawks-49ers | Audibles -
Chris Burke and Doug Farrar get you ready for the weekend with The Playbook, a detailed weekly preview that gives you everything you need to know about the upcoming slate of games. No. 2 New England at No. 1 Denver -- 3 p.m.

Passion, memories of Harbaugh drive Seahawks’ Baldwin | - Sports
RENTON — Doug Baldwin came to the realization late in his college career that he doesn’t like to do things the easy way. And in retrospect, that’s...

Why Aldon Smith could be a problem for Russell Okung | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
“That offensive line has been bad in pass protection for much of the year, and when he went out, it got even worse. But when he came back, I didn’t think he was the same player,” offensive line expert Lance Zierlein told me in a phone interview. “And that was the problem. I don’t know physically if maybe he’s just not right yet; that could very well be the case where he’s still not quite right. But he didn’t look like he really had the strength he used to have. He didn’t look like he was able to just ward people off and hold them off — he just didn’t look as good in pass protection when he came back. I just kind of figured…I’m not sure it’s not going to get a whole lot better this year. It might be one of those things where he needs an offseason of not only rest, but rehab. I kind of wonder if he was able to rehab strength wise as much as he needed to.”

Colin Kaepernick vs. Russell Wilson: Tale of the Tape for NFC Championship Game | Bleacher Report
Two of the league’s brightest stars, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson , are set to do battle this Sunday in the NFC Championship Game...

Fran Tarkenton and Russell Wilson: Scramble legs | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Hall of Fame QB Fran Tarkenton and Seahawks’ Russell Wilson share an ability to evade the rush, buying time to find open receivers

Double Coverage: 49ers at Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Two bitter rivals in one division, two teams with vitriol between players, coaches and fans. It comes down to a rubber-match showdown to decide which NFC West team will reach the Super Bowl.

Rafael Bush of New Orleans Saints fined $21,000 for hit - ESPN
New Orleans Saints safety Rafael Bush was fined $21,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit against Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin during the first quarter of their divisional-round playoff game, the NFL confirmed Friday.

News, notes and quotes: Harvin out, Carpenter likely to be active again | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
James Carpenter said he expects to be active this week. We’ll see how if that means Carpenter is going to be active in order to assure offensive line depth in what is expected to be a rock fight Sunday or if he is back in the mix at left guard. “It was very difficult, any player doesn’t want to be inactive,” Carpenter said. “I just came to work and all week just tried to help the team.”

To Seattle, From Pittsburgh
Hey there, Seattle. It's been a while. Listen, I know we haven't always seen eye-to-eye. We've had our differences. That push-off on Darrell Jackson was iffy, I know. But Jerramy Stevens kept running out of bounds too. I think we can agree that maybe Super Bowl XL wasn't the best game it could have been. It was some bad football and our team just happened to come out on top.

Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Boom Is Pure, Old-School Football at Its Finest | Bleacher Report
has been a long time since we have seen a secondary dominate the way the Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Boom has. In a season in which the passing game has run amok, the Seahawks secondary has gone counter trend and played at a considerably higher level than every other secondary in the league.

No Percy Harvin, no problem, same as always for Seattle Seahawks - ESPN
Percy Harvin will not play Sunday in the NFC Championship Game. So what? I’m not blaming Harvin, the multi-talented receiver who hasn’t been able to get healthy or stay healthy all season.

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks: Clash of the NFC titans -
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, with a Super Bowl berth hanging in the balance. Does it get any better than this? Michael Silver provides the juiciest -- and khaki-est -- subplots of this epic clash.

Deaf Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman undaunted by hearing loss - NY Daily News
On Sunday, in the NFC Championship Game against San Francisco, Coleman -- who was featured in a Duracell commercial -- will play in his 13th game with the Seahawks this season.

Kaepernick looking to win on the road again | 49ers Hot Read
What makes Colin Kaepernick such a winning quarterback in road playoff games – an undefeated one, at that?

Focus on: Preparation
For Russell Wilson, seeing is believing. And the Seahawks’ second-year quarterback starts by visualizing situations and circumstances the night before games, even when that game is the NFC Championship game.

Here's the deal: Carroll, Harbaugh deny animosity -
We're led to think that Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll don't like each other. We probably even hope they hate each other. When you're in a rivalry like the one with the 49ers and the Seahawks, you don't want the head coaches to get along.

Double Coverage: Seahawks-49ers, Round 3 -
Little went right for the 49ers the last time they played at CenturyLink Field. Colin Kaepernick threw three interceptions and no touchdowns, Frank Gore averaged 1.6 yards per carry, San Francisco's defense allowed 172 rushing yards and the 49ers left Seattle on the wrong end of a 29-3 blowout. That was 18 weeks ago.

Seahawks Daily - Mentally Prepared
With all the hype around this weekend's NFC Championship game in Seattle the Seahawks remain unfazed and mentally prepared for the task at hand.

Russell Wilson NFC Championship Press Conference
Russell Wilson talks about what Percy Harvin means to the team, the rivalry between the Seahawks and 49ers and how important this game is to the Seahawks.

Pete Carroll Fri NFC Championship Press Conference
Pete Carroll talks about the intense competition between the Seahawks and 49ers, the way practice has gone for the Seahawks all week and looks ahead to the game on Sunday.

New-breed quarterbacks Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick should have long rivalry | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The future? As Peyton Manning and Tom Brady write another chapter in their rivalry this weekend, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick usher in a new era.

Chat rewind with former Seahawks defensive back Paul Moyer | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The KIRO radio football analyst and former hard-hitting defensive back for the Seattle Seahawks from 1983-89 will be available to answer questions about his playing career, this weekend's NFC Championship game and more in a live chat at 1 p.m. today.

Pete Carroll: “We go into the weekend really pumped about this opportunity” | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here’s what Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say as he met the media today for a final time prior to Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers:

More news and notes from the locker room | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here are a few more news and notes from the Seattle locker room:

Video: Derrick Coleman | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Backup fullback Derrick Coleman has become something of a household name this week since an ad debuted for Duracell featuring his rise to the NFL despite battling deafness.

What to watch for: Championship Week viewing tips -
The four teams that are playing on Championship Weekend faced off not so long ago. So what's changed since then? Gregg Rosenthal gets you ready for a big Sunday.

John Elway: Adam Gase 'studly' for delaying interviews -
Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase is 'studly' for delaying head-coaching interviews during the postseason, John Elway says. Might Gase choose to stay in Denver even after the playoffs?

Richard Sherman: I won't ask to shadow any 49ers WR -
Earlier in the season Richard Sherman asked to shadow Anquan Boldin. For the NFC title game, the Seattle Seahawks corner said he has no plans to make a similar request.

Sam Bradford (ACL) confident he'll be ready for Rams -
Sam Bradford had surgery to repair his ACL more than eight weeks ago. The St. Louis Rams quarterback believes he will be ready for training camp.

Seahawks' Baldwin driven to succeed | - Sports
Doug Baldwin came to the realization late in his college career that he doesn't like to do things the easy way. And in retrospect, that's why then Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh might have been the best thing to happen to Baldwin.

Seahawks' Carroll 'lets everybody be themselves' | - Sports
One of the most fascinating elements of the NFL's best rivalry is that two teams that play such similar styles of football can be led by men with such different personalities.

Seattle Seahawks 2014 Draft: A Scouting Guide to the East-West Shrine Game | Bleacher Report
Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Ten things that intrigue me in Sunday's NFL title games -
Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady, the Seahawks secondary, and Wes Welker against his former team are some of the things that intrigue me this weekend

Salary cap mailbag | National Football Post
You asked, we answered.

Smarter Stats: NFL Conference championship edition | Audibles -
Football is a tape-based analysis game, and there’s no doubt the best way to get a read on teams is to break down their All-22 as much as possible.

Friday Game Plan: The official at the center of Seattle-San Francisco | The MMQB with Peter King
DENVER — Two storylines on the best championship weekend I can recall: Sunday is a very big day for the officials. Ever hear of Bill Schuster? Insurance man from just outside Rochester, N.Y. Everyman type. Likes going to a bar in his hometown called “The Pigpen.

Vic Fangio, the 49ers’ D coordinator, is a quiet mastermind | The MMQB with Peter King
The year before his arrival, the defense ranked 16th in points and 13th in yards allowed. In his three years on the job, the unit has never finished worse than third in points or fifth in yards. His team has gone to three straight conference championship games.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2014 NFC Championship Preview
Well, here it is, the game we've all been waiting for. OK, to be more accurate, the second game of the doubleheader we've all been waiting for. However, the feeling that this Seattle-San Francisco NFC Championship matchup was always destined somewhat obscures the fact that this matchup, based on Football Outsiders from the regular season, is not really that even. Seattle was one of the best teams we've ever measured in DVOA history. San Francisco was a very good team, tied for sixth in total DVOA this season, but when you add in the usual estimate of home-field advantage you end up with a gap of more than 40 percentage points worth of DVOA. That's even true after we consider the fact that San Francisco got healthier near the end of the season -- the 49ers had a higher weighted DVOA than total DVOA, but so did the Seahawks.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2014 AFC Championship Preview
Hi, this preview is all about the Tom Brady/Peyton Manning rivalry. The real Tom Brady/Peyton Manning rivalry. This preview is awesome. My name is Rivers and I can't stop thinking about the Tom Brady/Peyton Manning rivalry. These guys are cool; and by cool, I mean totally good at football.

Championship Game Preview: San Francisco at Seattle
It’s Carroll-Harbaugh X! Okay, the Whats Your Deal Bowl may not have quite the hype of Brady/Manning XV, but don’t tell that to folks on the West Coast. Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh are longtime rivals who have managed to alienate 31 other fanbases in the NFL. For the record, Harbaugh holds a 6-3 record over Carroll, including a 4-2 mark in the NFL. Of course, Carroll’s Seahawks won the last two games at CenturyLink Field, the site of the NFC Championship Game.

2014 NFL Draft: Matt Miller's Scouting Notebook for Conference Championships | Bleacher Report
The NFL draft season is heating up right as the playoffs come to a close. And with just four teams left standing, there's a lot on the NFL draft calendar this month. The Jan...

NFC Championship Preview: The Game We All Wanted «
The 49ers have revenge on their minds as they head to Seattle for another epic showdown

AFC Championship Preview: A Whole New Ballgame «
This episode of Brady vs. Manning will be like no other

Advanced NFL Stats: Game Probabilities - Conference Round
Game probabilities for the conference round are available at the New York Times. This week I explain why the Patriots' recent success running the ball is not so recent at all.

Future general managers, Seattle Seahawks' depth and more -
In his notebook, Albert Breer provides his fifth annual "Future GMs" list, which includes New England Patriots personnel whiz Nick Caserio. Plus, analysis on two red-hot teams and much more.