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NFL Week 20 Elo Ratings And Playoff Odds: Conference Championships | FiveThirtyEight
FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver's newly launched website at ESPN, uses statistical analysis — hard numbers — to tell compelling stories about politics, science, economics, lifestyle, and sports.

NFL Playoff Preview: Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Green Bay Packers (13-4) at Seattle Seahawks (13-4) Sunday, 3:05 p.m. ET on CBS

Packers vs. Seahawks: Updated Odds, Predictions for NFC Championship Game 2015 | Bleacher Report
The Seattle Seahawks are laughing at your notion of NFL parity this season, and now they are one win away from reaching the Super Bowl for the second straight year. Never mind that no team has done that since 2004, this group is playing dominant football at the right time.

For Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman, being respected can be annoying - LA Times
Richard Sherman should have brought a book. The All-Pro Seattle cornerback was thoroughly avoided when his Seahawks beat the visiting Green Bay Packers, 36-16, in this season's Kickoff Opener. Sherman was the dreadlocked elephant in the room — the he-who-must-not-be-named, lurking on the left side of the defense — and he never saw a pass thrown in his direction.

Seahawks offense too fast to stop - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Faster is better. It's part of the game plan now for the Seattle Seahawks, who have made a concerted effort to execute plays on offense faster than the defense can react. And it's something they hope to do Sunday in the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers.

Seahawks' Russell Wilson doesn't fit mold of other playoff QBs
But Seahawks star is the only one poised for a Super Bowl repeat.

Seattle Seahawks' Earl Thomas may seem quiet, but he has plenty of insight to share - NFL -
"I believe in the warrior’s mentality. I love kung fu movies, hero stuff, the way that life is discipline. I can relate. I got that warrior blood, bro

How the Seahawks’ secondary is the ‘perfect storm’ in Brady Quinn’s eyes | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Brady Quinn, the former quarterback who spent seven years in the NFL, says the Seahawks have the three best players at their position: Richard Sherman at cornerback, Kam Chancellor at strong safety and Earl Thomas at free safety.

Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch Will Reportedly Wear Custom Gold Cleats vs. Packers | Bleacher Report
It looks like Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is going to stand out from his teammates on the field during Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers.

NFC Championship game a familiar setting for Seahawks defensive end Demarcus Dobbs
Seattle defensive end Demarcus Dobbs spent the past three seasons with the 49ers in San Francisco, meaning Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers will be his fourth-straight NFC Championship appearance.

Packers’ Aaron Rodgers on former Cal teammate Marshawn Lynch: Seahawks have ‘extremely gifted athlete’ - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
When the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers meet in Sunday’s NFC championship game, it will also be a college reunion of sorts for Aaron Rodgers and Marshawn Lynch.

Packers vs. Seahawks: Five key matchups's Vic Ketchman identifies five key matchups in Sunday's Packers-Seahawks game

Alice in Chains to rock CenturyLink Field at halftime on Sunday
Jerry Cantrell has been a Seahawks fan since 1976, when he was 10 and the team was an expansion franchise. Sunday, Cantrell and Alice in Chains will be part of the NFC Championship game activities at CenturyLink Field.

NFC Championship Preview: Packers vs. Seahawks "
The Seattle Seahawks hosted the Green Bay Packers 134 days ago in the game that kicked off the NFL season. It feels closer to 134 months ago. That was before the second Ray Rice tape hit TMZ, before Adrian Peterson’s arrest, and before Roger Goodell’s press conference of despair. The key player in that game, arguably, was Packers backup tackle Derek Sherrod, who allowed two game-changing sacks after starter Bryan Bulaga went down with an injury. Sherrod was waived two months ago. He’s a Chiefs player now. Earl Thomas was returning punts and Percy Harvin was Seattle’s leading receiver. A lot has changed in 134 days.

Cardinals intend to extend Bruce Arians and Steve Keim | ProFootballTalk
The Cardinals won 21 games over the last two seasons, the first time that's happened in the organization since Don Coryell coached the St. Louis Cardinals to 21 wins during 14-game seasons in 1975 and 1976.

Seahawks injuries: T Justin Britt, S Jeron Johnson questionable for NFC Championship versus Packers - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Seattle Seahawks rookie right tackle Justin Britt and backup safety/special teams player Jeron Johnson are the only two Seahawks listed as questionable headed into Sunday’s NFC Championship game versus the Green Bay Packers.

NFL Championship Sunday: Adam Vinatieri ready for 30th playoff game | The MMQB with Peter King
So I was thinking about what made this championship Sunday so interesting, so compelling. And I looked over the arcane stats, and thought about the matchups, and tried to figure out who has the edge in Seattle and Foxboro, and then it hit me. Green Bay, 13-4. Seattle, 13-4.

Seahawks have come a long way since opener against Green Bay - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The storyline in the season opener against Green Bay was how far Seattle could go with Percy Harvin. Now, with the two teams set to meet again in the NFC title game, it's about how far the Seahawks have come since getting rid of him. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seattle OT Justin Britt questionable for Sunday's game against Packers | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Seattle Seahawks ended their week of preparation for the NFC title game with one significant injury question mark — the status of right tackle Justin Britt.

Star San Francisco 49ers players speak on Jim Tomsula - ESPN
Three players attended the news conference introducing Jim Tomsula as the San Francisco 49ers head coach Thursday at Levi’s Stadium -- free- agent cornerback Perrish Cox, fullback Bruce Miller and nose tackle Ian Williams.

Russell Wilson set stage for stardom with 'take charge' Senior Bowl performance - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Russell Wilson arrived in Mobile, Alabama, nearly three years ago as a mid-round prospect at best, hoping to offset concerns about his 5-foot-11 frame with stellar play.

Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor Seattle Seahawks' 'odd couple' safeties - ESPN
Back in May 2010, Earl Thomas had just turned 21. He was a rookie for the Seattle Seahawks, rooming with another rookie, fellow safety Kam Chancellor.

New 49ers coach grunts and mumbles at tough interview questions -

Seattle celebrates Blue Friday: Raising the 12th Man flag, downtown rally | The Today File | Seattle Times
It's Blue Friday in the Land of the Seahawks. The city's thoroughly amped for NFC Championship Game when Seattle takes on the Green Bay Packers at 12:05 p.m. Sunday at CenturyLink Field. Transit buses flashed "Go Seahawks" along with route numbers. Blue 12th Man flags hang from windows and the tops of buildings. Cranes sport blue...

RENTON: How a TV cartoon show in a hotel room bonded a secondary, a defense, entire Seahawks team | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The "Legion of Boom" got its start not on any field or in any game but in a Bellevue hotel room in 2010, where Earl Thomas got through the "awkward" part of roommate Kam Chancellor’s TV choices.

Earl Thomas: "I’m unique in my own way. I’m not like everybody else" | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune

Hard-hitting Kam Chancellor is the Seahawks' tone-setter | - Sports
RENTON — In the very early stages of their Seattle Seahawks careers, Earl Thomas thought Kam Chancellor was a little weird.The two rookie...

Justin Britt, Jeron Johnson questionable to play against Packers - Jan. 16, 2015 | SPORTS RADIO KJR
The Seattle Seahawks may be without starting right tackle Justin Britt for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers.

Earl Thomas: Rodgers 'isn't fooling me' with injury -
All-Pro safety Earl Thomas isn't 'buying into' Aaron Rodgers' calf injury, adding the Packers quarterbacks is "not fooling me with that." Do the Seahawks expect Rodgers to be at full strength Sunday?

Injury roundup: Vontae Davis, Greg Toler questionable -
The Colts march into Sunday's AFC title game against the Patriots with both starting cornerbacks -- Vontae Davis and Greg Toler -- listed as questionable. Who else made the injury report?

Cheers to Tomsula time; jeers to Seattle street toughs -
In the latest edition of the Around The NFL End Around, Dan Hanzus looks back at a Championship week that brought us Rex's revival, Tomsula's big splash and more Sub Rob Lowe sightings.

Niners to talk with Justin Smith about playing future -
Now that the Niners have settled on their next head coach, the team can turn its attention to Justin Smith's future. San Francisco GM Trent Baalke isn't ready to concede Smith's career is over.

2015 NFL unrestricted free agents by position -
Ndamukong Suh highlights the list of available defensive tackles in the 2015 free agency class. Check out who else is on the market at each position.

Dan Quinn, Teryl Austin lead Falcons' coaching search -
Albert Breer reported Friday that the Falcons have boiled down their search for a new head coach down to Seattle's Dan Quinn, Detroit's Teryl Austin and possibly one other candidate.

2015 NFL Restricted Free Agents -
Ravens starting kicker Justin Tucker leads the restricted free agency class. But is there any chance a team could pry him away from Baltimore? Check out the rest of the class.

Todd Bowles brings Mike Caldwell with him to Jets staff | ProFootballTalk
If Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is going to name a new defensive coordinator from his own staff, the list of candidates got shorter by one today. According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, the Cardinals have released linebackers coach Mike Caldwell from his contract.

Jim Tomsula probably won’t be doing many one-on-one interviews | ProFootballTalk
The Jim Tomsula media excursion will likely last as long as Kramer's book tour. While the 49ers new head coach had a far different demeanor during his introductory press conference than his guarded, combative, unreasonably cautious predecessor (who always seemed to be reading from an invisible te...

NFL to hold five regional scouting combines in 2015 | ProFootballTalk
The NFL will hold five regional scouting combines leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, the league said Friday. The combines, which are separate from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, will be held on five consecutive Saturdays after the Super Bowl.

After Further Review: Past meetings may hold key to NFC, AFC title games -
The Packers visit Seattle and the Colts visit New England to decide the NFC and AFC championships in a pair of games between teams that have already met once this season. Pete Prisco dives into the film to identify successes and failures that could play a role this time.

What goes on in an NFL scouting department? | National Football Post
Greg Gabriel offers a look behind the scenes.

Reviewing 2014: Scrimmage participation by playing position | National Football Post
Are certain positions more reliant on early round picks?

Catching up with Sam Wyche, the father of the NFL’s no-huddle offense | The MMQB with Peter King
The no-huddle offense has been a staple of the playoffs, a part of game plans as much as screen passes and go routes. No one takes more delight in that than Sam Wyche, who introduced the no-huddle to the NFL with his Cincinnati Bengals in the 1980s—often to the scorn of officials and opponents.

That Championship Mailbag: 2015 Edition "

2015 Shrine Game: Five prospects who created buzz among NFL scouts -
The 90th edition of the East-West Shrine Game will be played this Saturday, but the heavy lifting is already done as all 32 NFL teams were represented in St. Petersburg this week to evaluate prospects during daily practices

Way too early grades for NFL coaching and GM hires -
The final, way too early word on whether NFL teams hired the right person for the job.

NFL playoffs conference championship picks: Can the heavy favorites avoid upsets? - NFL -
There have been several conference final Sundays in the NFL with foursomes that boasted glitzier records, but has there ever been one that matched this year’s field for past accomplishment, pedigree and glamor? Not in at least the past three decades or so there hasn’t.