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FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 19 DVOA Ratings
Once again, it is time for postseason DVOA ratings. As always, the following rules apply:

Mike McCarthy: Aaron Rodgers feeling better this week than after Week 17 | ProFootballTalk
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is trying to squeeze 120 more minutes out of the most watched left calf in football and it doesn't look like he did anything to get in the way of that during Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

What to watch for on Championship Sunday -
The last time the Patriots and Colts met, Tom Brady came out on top. However, Andrew Luck is playing his best ball of late. Can he overtake another legend? Here's what to watch in both title games.

Eddie Lacy dealt with asthma attack in Packers' victory -
Eddie Lacy missed a significant portion of Sunday's victory with an asthma attack. Do the Packers have reason for concern entering their NFC Championship match versus the Seahawks?

Dick LeBeau, Bruce Arians reportedly discuss union -
Will former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau unite with coach Bruce Arians and the Arizona Cardinals? Around The NFL's Conor Orr delves into the report.

Blandino: Competition Committee to review catch rule -
NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino confirmed that the Competition Committee will review the rule that overturned Dez Bryant's catch in the Cowboys' playoff loss. Should the rule be changed?

McCarthy: Aaron Rodgers feels better than last week -
Aaron Rodgers calf injury visibly hindered the quarterback's mobility on Sunday. However, coach Mike McCarthy said his quarterback feels better than he did last Monday.

John Fox, Denver Broncos part ways -
John Fox's run in Denver is over. Fox and the Broncos parted ways on Monday after four seasons, Jeff Darlington and Ian Rapoport reported.

Only 2nd time 3 of last 4 QBs already own a Super Bowl ring -
With Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson headed to the NFL's conference title games, this is the first time in 21 years — and only second time ever — that three of the final four teams are quarterbacked by a Super Bowl champion.

Carroll: Max Unger “looks good” to start NFC title game; versatile B.J. Daniels to active roster for Richardson | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune

“Crank it up”: The Pack’s coming back to Seattle, winner to the Super Bowl | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The Pack is returning to Seattle for a berth in the Super Bowl.

Three things from the Seahawks' 31-17 playoff win over Carolina - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Three things we learned and three things we're still trying to figure out after the Seahawks defeated the Panthers 31-17 in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Carroll insists there was nothing punitive about Lynch not starting - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Marshawn Lynch was on the sideline for Seattle's opening possessions of two games during the regular season, the team citing a tight back the first time and then an upset stomach the second. On Monday, Pete Carroll insisted there was nothing more to it. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

CAR@SEA Condensed with Raible and Moon on Vimeo
This is "CAR@SEA Condensed with Raible and Moon" by 808 twelve on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Three injury updates from Pete Carroll on 710 ESPN Seattle: Max Unger "looks to be OK"
Key takeaways from Pete Carroll's Monday morning conversation on 710 ESPN Seattle.

Ohio State’s Devin Smith is multitalented | Seahawks Draft Blog
There’s a number of players worth monitoring into tonight’s National Championship game between Oregon and Ohio State. Arik Armstead (DL, Oregon) has the length Seattle loves (6-8, 290lbs) and the run defending skills to warrant some attention. He’s not a flashy pass-rusher, but he’s a really solid defender on a team loaded with speed and dynamism. Jake Fisher (T, Oregon) and Taylor Decker (T, Ohio State) have the same length but on the offensive side of the ball. There’s been some talk Decker might make a surprise declaration, while Fisher is heading to the draft as a senior.

Seahawks come full circle with Packers returning to town | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seattle opened the season by thrashing Green Bay 36-16, and now looks to return to the Super Bowl by beating the Packers again.

Seahawks hope to keep ailing Aaron Rodgers uncomfortable | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Aaron Rodgers limps to Seattle, tough and legendary, coming off one of the greatest performances in his certain Hall of Fame career.

Packers-Seahawks NFL Preview: First look at the NFC Championship Game -
All the way back in Week 1, the Seahawks beat the Packers 36-16 in Seattle in the NFL's season opener. Seattle's offense outgained Green Bay by nearly 150 yards, controlling both the ball and the clock, while the defense held Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense in check. There's a rematch Sunday with the NFC championship on the line, only these Seahawks aren't exactly those Seahawks, and these Packers aren't exactly those Packers.

Carolina Panthers knocked back to reality in 31-17 loss to Seahawks |
The Carolina Panthers’ improbable late-season surge ended in the din of CenturyLink Field under the weight of three turnovers by their franchise quarterback.

Panthers vs. Seahawks: Latest Postgame Comments, Reaction and Highlights | Bleacher Report
To nobody's surprise, the Seattle Seahawks soundly defeated the Carolina Panthers during Saturday's NFC Divisional Round clash.

CHART: Seattle Seahawks Are The Hottest Team Among The NFL's Final Four - Business Insider
After two weeks of playoffs just four teams are still alive in the NFL and among those, no team is as hot as the defending Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks once again pull away in fourth quarter | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Kam Chancellor’s interception return was a fitting capper to an afternoon that was yet another textbook example of Pete Carroll’s philosophy that while games can’t necessarily be won in the first three quarters, they sure as heck can be won in the fourth quarter.

Warriors' Draymond Green threw grapes at Seahawks fans during NFL playoff game -
He was raisin' hell!

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: Seahawks 31, Panthers 17
Five years ago today, Pete Carroll was hired as the Seahawks new head coach. He inherited a roster that was Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (so to speak). One seemingly small move in Carroll's complete demolition/rebuild of the Seahawks in 2010 was the 5th round selection of a safety out of Virgina Tech: Kam Chancellor. Seattle's starting safeties in 2009 were the serviceable duo of Jordan Babineaux and Deon Grant (whose average age was 28.5). Just like at every other position, Carroll's goal was to get younger/better/cheaper in the defensive backfield. Expectations were high for first-rounder Earl Thomas from Texas, but the former high school quarterback Chancellor slid into the 5th. The move into the secondary served Kam well with the Hokies, and he'd quickly build a reputation for wanton brutality once he reached the NFL.

Russell Wilson destroyed the Panthers on third down -
Russell Wilson delivered an epic performance against the Panthers on Saturday night. He was never better, however, than when he dropped back to pass on third down.

NFL Catch Rules are Bad, and Don’t Let Anyone Tell You Dez Bryant’s Was Clearly Not a Catch | The Big Lead
Badly written rules, laws, and regulations tend to come to light at the worst possible time. The NFL’s construction of what is and is not a catch, make no mistake, is a badly written rule. If you think that the Dez Bryant play was a catch, you aren’t necessarily wrong in thinking that.

Divisional Wrap-up: A Crop of Classics «
Somewhere between a league icon possibly retiring, a wildly controversial call deciding a game, and a quasi-illegal formation run rampant, the divisional round delivered an engrossing set of games this weekend. While there’s plenty to talk about, let’s start with the game of the week, where the Ravens were dispatched in an instant classic:

Defensive Stud Kam Chancellor Has Seahawks Flying High in January | Bleacher Report
Kam Chancellor’s performance Saturday night in the Seattle Seahawks’ 31-17 divisional-playoff win over the Carolina Panthers was the type of stuff you see on teaching tapes.

The Seahawks are an explosive bunch - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Making big plays and stopping big plays is a mantra for success in the NFL.

Russell Wilson's rise to stardom | FOX Sports
The Seahawks second-year quarterback is one game away from being a Super Bowl champion, but how did he get here?

Path to the Super Bowl: Draft or Free Agency? - DOWN & DISTANCE - Presented by Sports-Kings
Every off-season, teams strive to find those missing pieces that will put them at the top of the NFL the upcoming year. Whether it is through the draft, trade, or free agency acquisitions, each plays an important part in the building of a Super Bowl winner. Conventional wisdom says championship teams are built through the draft, and there is no doubt it is the most critical of the three. The draft is where teams get young, hungry players and it is where the tone for the success or failure of a franchise is set. Although it is difficult to measure with any precise accuracy how much each category contributes to a roster’s prosperity, how important is the draft versus free agency when it comes to building a contender?

'Fail Mary' ref diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder -
Lance Easley says he has dealt with post-traumatic stress disorder, severe depression and suicidal thoughts since refereeing the "Fail Mary."

Mike Tanier's Monday Morning Hangover: Weekend of Upsets and Classics | Bleacher Report
If you did not enjoy this weekend's playoff games, then you are not watching football properly.

After Dez Bryant catch was reversed, NFL rulebook needs to change | The MMQB with Peter King
DENVER — Stop the madness with what is and isn’t a catch, NFL. Please. Enough is enough. Different plays in both NFL divisional playoff games on Sunday showed exactly how screwed up the NFL rule book is. Both plays also showed, coincidentally, how simple it would be to fix.

Guest Post: Are Interceptions Overrated?
There’s nothing worse than throwing an interception. Everyone seems to agree on this, from fans to media to advanced stats guys. But is it really true? In this quick study, I looked at the tradeoff between interception avoidance and aggressive downfield passing to see which strategy has a larger impact on winning. To measure this, I created two categories of quarterbacks: Game Managers and Gunslingers.

Broncos' Chris Harris: Season was 'a waste of time' -
Harris feels the Broncos wasted all of their hard work from the regular season in Sunday's loss to the Colts.

Let me introduce you to the best job in the NFL: Assistant owner -
I'm starting to think being a Mike Tannebaum or Howie Roseman, not a Joe Philbin or Chip Kelly respectively, is the best job in football.

Belichick scoffs at talk that four-lineman formation was cheating | ProFootballTalk
Patriots coach Bill Belichick thinks it's ridiculous that anyone is complaining about his team tricking the Ravens on Saturday by using a formation with only four offensive linemen on the field.