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49ers lose to Seahawks, eliminated from playoff contention - San Jose Mercury News
For a second straight season, the 49ers' Super Bowl dreams died at CenturyLink Field, home of their archrivals, the Seattle Seahawks.

Seattle Seahawks keep the power on, sweep San Francisco 49ers to ascend in playoff race - NFL -
It's worth remembering that less than a month ago, the Seattle Seahawks were 6-4 and looking at almost certain elimination from the postseason if they didn't take care of business in the five-day stretch that had them welcoming the then-10-1 Arizona Cardinals to CenturyLink field, and traveling to the Bay Area to face the 49ers on Thanksgiving night. They beat those two teams by matching 19-3 scores, and then moved along to Philly's Lincoln Financial Field, where they made Chip Kelly's hot offense look rather pedestrian in a 24-14 win.

Instant reaction: Seahawks beat Niners again, move to 10-4 | Seahawks Draft Blog
In the first half Seattle weren’t running the ball and the defense had a few issues getting off the field. It felt like each of Seattle’s previous four defeats.

Seahawks use second-half adjustments to dispatch 49ers
After trailing at the half, the Seahawks came out determined to alter their fate and did just that with just enough offense and a whole lot of defense in the second half of their 17-7 victory over the 49ers before a record crowd at CenturyLink Field on Sunday.

Seahawks vs 49ers: Postgame Tweets
Check out what the Seahawks said on social media following their 17-7 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 15 at CenturyLink Field.

Ed Hochuli explains Nick Moody penalty - NFC West Blog - ESPN
"I’m differentiating between the crown," Hochuli said. "The crown is the top of the helmet; the hairline is up at the top of the forehead. That is still a foul when you hit the quarterback with that part of your head."

Rapid Reaction: Seattle Seahawks defeat San Francisco 49ers - ESPN
What it means: The Seahawks improved to 10-4 with their fourth consecutive win and their seventh victory in the past eight games, beating the 49ers for the second time in 17 days and the fifth time in the past six meetings. The Seahawks will earn the NFC West title if they win their last two games, and, thanks to Green Bay's loss Sunday, they have a shot at earning home-field advantage in the NFC.

Sobering realties for 49ers in Harbaugh's possible last CLink game - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Colin Kaepernick was held to 141 yards passing and no touchdowns and was sacked six times as his 49ers lost for the fifth time in six games vs. Seattle. (AP) If Jim Harbaugh's days as the 49ers head coach are indeed numbered, the Seahawks made sure he left Seattle with one last memory of the House of Horrors that CenturyLink Field has been for his team.

Seahawks hold off 49ers for physical, important 17-7 win - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The Seahawks relied on an unflinchingly physical running game to carry them back from a four-point deficit and beat the rival 49ers 17-7. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Grading the game: High marks in win over 49ers | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks’ defense stifles San Francisco in second half of another impressive performance.

Seahawks make proper adjustments at halftime to stop 49ers, 17-7 | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Better communications in front of large CenturyLink crowd helps the defense in the second half.

Seahawks T Russell Okung hospitalized, then released, with chest injury | - Seattle Sidelines
The Seahawks didn't have many injuries in Sunday's win, but one was an unusual and potentially scary one, with left tackle Russell Okung having to go to the hospital because of a chest injury.

What we learned: Seahawks seize destiny against 49ers - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Four weeks ago the Seattle Seahawks stood at 6-4, looking very much in danger of missing the playoffs and ending any chance of defending their first Super Bowl championship.

Seahawks grind out 17-7 victory over 49ers - Dec. 14, 2014 | SPORTS RADIO KJR
Seattle, which gained 152 rushing yards, had averaged 204.6 yards per game and 5.36 per carry over its last five games coming in ... The Seahawks kept the ball for 28:58 after holding it for at least 35 minutes in their last four ... Seattle was 8-of-14 on third down, while San Francisco was 6-of-15.

The 6 biggest moments from the Seahawks' 17-7 win over the San Francisco 49ers | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The last time the 49ers visited CenturyLink Field, in the NFC Championship Game last January, the Seahawks snuffed their chances of going to the Super Bowl.

Seahawks 17, 49ers 7: First impressions | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Jerry Brewer: The Seahawks’ pass rush has been maligned for much of the season, but over the past month, improvement in that area has played a big role in the defense’s surge. On Sunday, the pass rush was better than it has been all season. The Seahawks kept San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick under constant pressure and wound up sacking him six times. Defensive tackle Jordan Hill led the way with two sacks. Five different Seahawks got to Kaepernick. It was a coordinated and relentless effort.

Johnny Manziel: 'I'm not using the rookie excuse' -
Johnny Manziel doesn't want to make excuses for his rocky debut under center for Cleveland. The Cincinnati Bengals shutout the rookie and the Browns, 30-0.

Derek Anderson helps Panthers reach first place -
It wasn't pretty but the Carolina Panthers outlasted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-17 to win in Week 15. Derek Anderson was plenty good enough to win, and he's now 2-0 as a starter for Carolina.

Kurt Warner considered return to Cards, ruled it out -
Kurt Warner once brought the Arizona Cardinals to a brink of an NFL championship. After seeing his former team lose their second quarterback, Warner considered ending his retirement and returning.

Silver: Divorce is inevitable in San Francisco -
Doubts have swirled around the San Francisco 49ers since before the season kicked off. Reports of unrest between coach Jim Harbaugh and the front office have led to an end that appears inevitable.

Seahawks open as seven-point favorites vs. Cardinals | ProFootballTalk
The No. 1 seed in the NFC is a big underdog to hold its spot atop the conference and its division. Multiple Nevada sports books have made the Cardinals seven-point underdogs to visiting Seattle next Sunday night, per

AFC playoff picture: Patriots, Broncos, Colts all clinch divisions | ProFootballTalk
Three of the four AFC divisions were clinched on Sunday afternoon, as the Patriots, Broncos and Colts all defeated their closest rivals and wrapped up the East, West and South.

NFL Week 15 Observations: Dolphins one step closer to needed overhaul -
Another loss, another inch closer to the Great 2015 Jim Harbaugh Pursuit for the Dolphins. Also, the Bengals find themselves, while the Ravens find out they are the luckiest team in the NFL these days.

Troubling trends continue for Seahawks' offense in win over 49ers - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
I'm going to be that guy. That's a disclaimer before we start sifting through the finer points of Seattle's 17-7 victory over San Francisco.

Takeaways from Seahawks 17-7 win over 49ers - Dec. 14, 2014 | SPORTS RADIO KJR
A season sweep of the San Francisco 49ers has brought the Seattle Seahawks that much closer to controlling their own destiny for home-field advantage in the playoffs

Arizona Cardinals clinch first postseason berth since 2009 -
The Arizona Cardinals will be playing postseason football for the first time since 2009. Bruce Arians' outfit clinched a playoff berth after the Cowboys defeated the Eagles on Sunday night.

NFL playoff picture 2014: All but one AFC division clinched -
Only the North remains up for grabs in the AFC.

Kevin Williams is proving to be a valuable part of Seahawks’ defense | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Kevin Williams’ flexibility and savvy have been vital to the success of Seattle’s defense the past four games. It’s just not easily noticed because even when he does his job well, like in Sunday’s win over the 49ers, you might only hear his name a handful of times.

Marshawn Lynch opens up about his foundation for kids
Marshawn Lynch, the normally reserved Seattle Seahawks running back, took a few minutes at a charity event Sunday night to talk about his Fam 1st Family Foundation.

Seahawks have their goals in sight after beating 49ers | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
It takes a game like Sunday’s to define how well the Seahawks are playing. This time, against the rival San Francisco 49ers, against a team fighting to remain in playoff contention, the Seahawks were neither overpowering nor outstanding. And they still won 17-7.

49ers bottled up on offense in the second half vs. Seahawks | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick found a rhythm early in Sunday’s make-or-break showdown with the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The 49ers converted an early fourth down to take a 7-3. But in the second half, San Francisco faded, as did its playoff hopes.