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Jay Cutler, Doug Martin headline our All-Disappointment Team |
“You want to be playing meaningful games,” New Orleans coach Sean Payton said in his press conference Monday. “It drives you and there’s nothing like winning, that feeling of being successful and having a chance to get in the tournament and play for something. The finality of not accomplishing that … there’s disappointment.”

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Clutch Encounters: Week 16
Unlike Week 15's heavy dose of failure, seven teams in Week 16 scored game-winning points in the fourth quarter or overtime, tying a season high. Plenty of history was made this week, but San Diego's comeback win in San Francisco stands out. That game gives 2014 a total of five comeback wins from a deficit of at least 21 points. That's a new record, beating out 1999, 2011, and 2013, all of which had four such comebacks.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 16 DVOA Ratings
Seattle is the hottest team in the NFL right now, and that's almost-but-not-quite reflected in this week's Football Outsiders DVOA ratings.

Harbaugh, Marathe could reunite | ProFootballTalk
No one knows what's going to happen with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.  Whenever whatever happens, some league insiders believe there's a chance that Harbaugh could be joined at his next destination by 49ers president Paraag Marathe.

The Week in Overreactions: Marshawn Lynch owes media respect -
New storylines emerge every week. Some are reasonable, most are not. 'The Week in Overreactions' focuses on the latter.

NFL Week 17 Picks: Chiefs over Chargers, Bengals upset Steelers -
If you're wondering which NFL teams are going to win in Week 17, you've come to the right place.

Michigan football wishes Jim Harbaugh a happy birthday -
Michigan football wished Jim Harbaugh a happy birthday on Twitter. WINK WINK. HINT HINT.

Updated 2015 NFL Draft Order: Week 16 -
With 16 weeks in the books, the Tennessee Titans currently own the No. 1 overall pick. But with a loss in week 17 by Tampa Bay and the Buccaneers will pick first in the 2015 NFL Draft

Jeff Fisher doesn't expect any Rams to get fined -
A massive melee marred the Giants-Rams game on Sunday. Though four players were ejected for their roles in the fight, St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher doesn't expect any league fines for his players.

Playoff Picture: Predicting the final playoff seeding -
San Diego is in the driver's seat for the final playoff spot in the AFC. It's simple for the Chargers, beat the Chiefs and they're in. A loss opens the door for other postseason hopefuls. Check out the scenarios.

Seahawks turn up the heat, have 20 sacks in past five games | - Sports
RENTON — Throughout the first 10 games of the season in which the Seattle Seahawks defense failed to live up to the ridiculous standard set by the 2013 team, one of the worst questions you could ask a defensive lineman was this:

Seahawks’ chances for top NFC seed hinge on winning, GB-DET not tying. There have only been 20 ties in 40 NFL years. | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
The NFL issued the following Monday, and all of it comes down to one fundamental truth: If the Seahawks, who are already in the playoffs, beat the Rams at home on Sunday they will have achieved everything they set as their goal for this regular season defending their Super Bowl title.

RENTON: Subtleties creating the sublime: How the Seahawks have stormed back to seize the NFC | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
So how did they do that?

Seahawks’ offensive line stepped up on a record night | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
In a development that has to further frighten opponents, the Seahawks’ perceived weakness — their offensive line — helped pave the way for Seattle to gain a team-record 596 yards against Arizona.

How Doug Baldwin made the most of his opportunities in Seahawks’ win over Cardinals | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
With Jermaine Kearse out at halftime of the Seahawks’ game vs. the Cardinals, Seattle had only four available receivers. Doug Baldwin finished with seven catches for 113 yards, his most productive game in two months and the second-highest receiving total of his season.

Is Vic Fangio interested in head-coaching gig? - ESPN
“I’ve always thought, first off, wherever there are openings, it’s their opening and if they’re interested, you know, they’ll come to talk to you,” Fangio said Tuesday. “I don’t know. It’s not one of those type of jobs where you put in an application and go through a weeding-out process, you know? “They know what they want to do most of the time, have a picture of what they want to do. If it fits, it fits. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”

Rams punter Johnny Hekker a passing nightmare for Seahawks - ESPN
St. Louis Rams punter Johnny Hekker had a little dig ready when he was asked by Seahawks reporters if Tuesday was his first ever conference call with the media.

10 takeaways from Pete Carroll's Week 17 Tuesday press conference
Pete Carroll provided injury updates on Jermaine Kearse, Tharold Simon, Russell Okung, Max Unger, and more during his Week 17 Tuesday press conference.

Hawk Talk highlights: Are the Cardinals the Seahawks' new big rival? - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Highlights from the latest 'Hawk Talk' with Danny O'Neil, including thoughts on whether the Cardinals and Bruce Arians can slide into the role of the Seahawks' biggest rivals currently occupied by the 49ers and Jim Harbaugh. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks are braced to be 'snubbed' from Pro Bowl - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
For all of Seattle's success on defense, it has never had more than three players named to the Pro Bowl in any season under coach Pete Carroll. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Russell Okung practicing, Max Unger in limbo for Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
While Max Unger is a question mark this week, the Seahawks offensive line may get some help as Russell Okung appears poised to return. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks’ defense all about playing for one another
Monday metatarsal musings: Or footnote from an evening of domination in the desert. During the Seahawks’ five-game winning streak, the defense has allowed averages of 6.6 points and 193.6 yards.

Hekker says Rams will come to play against Seahawks | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
A custom of the NFL week is for a player from each team to hold a conference call with media from the other team. Usually, it’s a quarterback or a big name player of some sort.

Tipsheet: Seahawks primed to tee off on Rams : Sports
Yes, it can always get worse for the Rams. They will drag into Seattle on Sunday for what could be an epic beating.

Jordin Sparks gives one Seahawks fans a special dirty bird | FOX Sports
The singer -- and huge Cardinals fan -- let one mockingjay know her unedited thoughts.

Agent's Take: The five teams with the worst salary cap situations -
The Saints, Cards, Steelers, Pats and 49ers all face a serious cap crunch entering 2015. Which contracts gets re-done and who's expendable? We take a look.

Johnny Manziel and the NFL's Quarterback Quandary | Rolling Stone
The league's arms race is quickly becoming a battle for the bottom