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The Beast and Dragon, Adored: How Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson Willed Their Way to the Super Bowl "
The tips of two yellow shoes, jutting out from the stall nearest the shower, gave him away. As the rest of the Packers milled around him in silence, Brandon Bostick, all 6-foot-3 of Brandon Bostick, sat inside his locker. His knees to his chin, his face in his hands, he didn’t look like a man trying to hide, but like one trying to disappear. And for the second time that day, a few inches betrayed him.

Best pictures from the wild Seahawks-Packers NFC Championship Game | The MMQB with Peter King

Six from Sunday: Defensive bosses in Super Bowl affirm coaching trend -
Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick bring defensive tendencies to the Super Bowl, which might be why so many teams this offseason are hiring D-minded coaches.

Vince Wilfork: 'To be a champ, you got to beat the champs' -
The Patriots will take on the defending champion Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

Tom Brady on 'You Mad Bro' trash talk: 'I really didn't hear anything' -
Early in the 2012 season, Richard Sherman wasn't a household name. That changed for good after the Seahawks upset the Patriots, 24-23, in CenturyLink Field during an October game.

Warren Moon wonders why Packers didn’t go after injured Richard Sherman | ProFootballTalk
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman injured his elbow while making a tackle on the first play of the fourth quarter on Sunday's NFC title game.  He continued to play with a functioning right arm -- and with his left arm bent at the elbow and held at his midsection.

Bill Belichick: We’ll cooperate fully with NFL investigation into under-inflated balls | ProFootballTalk
As you've likely heard by now, the NFL is conducting an investigation into whether the Patriots were using under-inflated balls during their AFC Championship game victory over the Colts.

Darrelle Revis: 'This is why I signed with the Patriots' -
Cornerback Darrelle Revis was on the doorstep of the Super Bowl twice with the New York Jets. Now that he's with their AFC East rival in the New England Patriots, Revis will finally play in one.

Jim Irsay: Colts must 'be a tougher team' -
The Indianapolis Colts were mauled by the New England Patriots on Sunday. Owner Jim Irsay said after the loss that his squad must become tougher in order to get past the Patriots.

Nate Solder on TD: 'I don't remember half the play' -
New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder caught and rumbled for a 16-yard touchdown Sunday night against the Colts. The big man says he was so excited he doesn't even remember half the play.

Packers' Morgan Burnett: I don't take back anything -
Morgan Burnett has faced criticism for deciding to slide after picking off Russell Wilson with just five minutes left in the NFC Championship Game, but the Packers’ safety doesn't have any regrets.

Randall Cobb hopes to re-sign with Green Bay Packers -
Impending free agent Randall Cobb acknowledges his Green Bay future is up in the air. Has the game's best slot receiver put himself in position for a new Packers contract?

Packers' Sitton: 'I'd have rather not made the playoffs' -
The Green Bay Packers remain -- understandably -- distraught following their devastating loss to the Seahawks. Packers guard Josh Sitton said he'd have rather missed the playoff than lose in that fashion.

How they lost: Eight plays that doomed the Packers -
There are bad losses. There are sickening losses. And then there's what happened to the Packers on Sunday in Seattle. Here are eight plays and sequences that allowed the Seahawks to steal one.

Hugh Millen’s Seahawks analysis: 6 plays that stunned the Packers | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Hugh Millen breaks down six Seahawks plays that led to their victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game.

How crazy was that? Improbable rally sends Seahawks to Super Bowl | - Sports
SEATTLE — Amidst the pandemonium that followed one of the most stunning finishes in NFL playoff history, Michael Bennett rode a bike. More...

Dave Boling: Seahawks rally shows historic competitiveness | Dave Boling | The News Tribune
Dreadful early performance sets up one of the great comebacks to earn another Super Bowl trip

SEATTLE: "We just kept believing": Wilson to Kearse in overtime sends Seahawks back to Super Bowl | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The team that champions "finish" as not just a mantra — more like a livelihood — pulled off an astounding one to become a champion again.

Seahawks Second Thoughts | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
So, another day when there are no Second Thoughts. Instead, there is just continued awe at a game as amazing as any of us have seen.

Transcripts of New England head coach Bill Belichick's Monday press conference | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here’s the transcripts from Bill Belichick’s Monday press conference in Foxborough. He discusses deflated footballs, Pete Carroll and the Seahawks.

Transcripts from the Patriots' Monday media availability: offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and more | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
JM: It’s obviously something that’s very exciting. I had the opportunity back in ’07 to be in this position for this game. It was obviously a great experience any time you get to play in this game or coach in it. It’s been a long time so I’m very appreciative of how hard it is to get here, how much work goes into being in this position and having this opportunity in front of you. I’m very much looking forward to trying to take advantage of every day we have here to prepare and help our team be as ready to go and play as well as we can play here in two weeks.

Pete Carroll impressed with courage of Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman - ESPN
The good news Monday is that cornerback Richard Sherman (sprained elbow) free safety Earl Thomas (dislocated shoulder) are expected to play in the Super Bowl, but Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said both men showed tremendous courage in playing the second half Sunday with injuries.

Playing hurt, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas show their grit - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and free safety Earl Thomas both played through injuries they sustained during the NFC title game. 'That's just total guts,' coach Pete Carroll said. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Carroll on facing his former team in the Super Bowl: "It's really fun" - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll will become only the fourth head coach to face his former team in the Super Bowl. He talked briefly about his history with the Patriots when he joined 'Brock and Salk' on Monday. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Instant reaction: Seahawks stun Packers, reach Super Bowl | Seahawks Draft Blog
Russell Wilson threw his fourth interception of the day with five minutes to go. Seattle trailed by twelve. Morgan Burnett could’ve had a long return, but sank to the turf believing this was the deciding moment in the game.

Chris Pratt and Macklemore trolled Ellen DeGeneres after the Seahawks beat the Packers - The Washington Post
To her credit, Ellen took the jab in stride.

Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch likely to face discipline for obscene gesture |
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch made a lewd gesture after his touchdown run in the NFC Championship game.

Seahawks Jon Ryan does 'the belt' celebration at Mike McCarthy
SEATTLE — A national TV audience saw Seattle Seahawks backup tackle Garry Gilliam celebrate his touchdown. Far fewer saw Seahawks punter/holder Jon Ryan doing his celebration, a move he'd been waiting to unleash on his old team for years.

Refs missed Seahawks offside on Sherman’s interception | ProFootballTalk
The Richard Sherman interception that ended the Packers' first drive on Sunday shouldn't have counted, as the Seahawks were offside on the play. Although the officials didn't see it, replays clearly show that Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett jumped offside on the play.

Kawakami: Seattle Seahawks will win Super Bowl - San Jose Mercury News
f there was a time and place to kill off the Seahawks, it was Sunday, in their own stadium, with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers pushing the detonator.

Patriots vs. Seahawks is the perfect Super Bowl matchup, and the hype will be huge | The Kansas City Star
Because this is America and football and we have two weeks to kill, at some point, somewhere, someone is going to call this the best Super Bowl matchup ever.

Patriots dynasty stands between Seahawks and Super Bowl repeat
The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots won't just be facing each other, but also facing history when they arrive in Glendale, Ariz., next week for Super Bowl XLIX.

Green Bay got conservative in the fourth quarter. | : Kenneth Arthur Article
Many may point to the onside kick that Packers tight end Brandon Bostick failed to secure. Or the lackluster coverage on the Seahawks' two-point conversion. Or even the decisions early not to fully capitalize on two trips near the goal line after key Seattle turnovers.

Pete Carroll #SB49 Bye Monday Press Conference
Pete Carroll talks with the media after reviewing the film of the Seahawks 28-22 victory over the Packers in the NFC Championship game.

Bill Belichick says Patriots will cooperate with NFL investigation -
The Patriots would rather focus on the Super Bowl.

Richard Sherman: Russell Wilson is a 'mental giant' -
Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman proclaimed Russell Wilson a "mental giant" after Sunday's improbable comeback. Find out what else the Seahawks had to say about their quarterback.

Onside kick recovery, fake field goal in Seattle's NFC title game win | The MMQB with Peter King
SEATTLE — Russell Wilson to Jermaine Kearse will be the lasting image from Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. Wilson’s late-game heroics, in light of his struggles for 55 minutes, will dominate the narrative as the Seahawks make a second straight Super Bowl trip.

This Is How Close The Seahawks Came To Never Even Starting A Comeback
At The MMQB, Robert Klemko has a fascinating breakdown of the Seahawks' fake field goal that got them on the board and set the stage for their historic comeback. And it's incredible just how specific a scenario the Seahawks required to even give the green light for punter Jon Ryan to loft that touchdown pass to tackle Garry Gilliam--how close the Packers' lead was to remaining out of reach.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: The Morning After: Impossible Becomes Possible, Seahawks Win NFC Championship 28-22
Hope is a precious commodity

2015 NFL mock draft: Trading up for a quarterback -
Trades in the NFL Draft are not uncommon. So why not try one in a mock draft? In this case, the target is Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Seattle Seahawks' D puts on gutsy display in win over Packers -
Stopping those sudden changes and making them kick a field goal ... phenomenal," Carroll said, smiling widely. "We stopped them on the 1-friggin-yard line. I mean, it was like this -- they said he scored, they looked at it again, and he didn't get in. Phenomenal defense. This defense is capable of those kinds of moments, and they got it done."

Pete Carroll's Super Bowl opponent is team he once coached - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll will face the team he once coached, the New England Patriots, in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1.

Brandon Bostick: “The whole world is on my back about this thing” | ProFootballTalk
“It definitely means a lot,” Bostick said, via Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “I’m at a low point right now. The whole world is on my back about this thing, but my teammates are here to pick me up. They know it’s just a mistake, and they’ve been on my side.”

It's Russell Wilson and Beast Mode Vs. #BALLGHAZI In the Super Bowl: The Q: GQ
Time to look back at the good guys and bad guys of the conference title games.

Pro Football Focus review of Seattle's amazing win | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here is the Pro Football Focus gradebook for Seattle’s win Sunday afternoon:  ReFocused article on the game

Seahawks' fat guy happy he scored touchdown 'for the fat guys' -
Fat Guy Touchdowns are real, and they are beautiful.

Seahawks Jon Ryan does 'the belt' celebration at Mike McCarthy
SEATTLE — A national TV audience saw Seattle Seahawks backup tackle Garry Gilliam celebrate his touchdown. Far fewer saw Seahawks punter/holder Jon Ryan doing his celebration, a move he'd been waiting to unleash on his old team for years.

ESPN - Elias Says: Sports Statistics - Stats from the Elias Sports Bureau - ESPN
From Elias: The Seahawks rallied from a 19-7 deficit as the 2-minute warning approached, scoring a pair of late touchdowns in the fourth quarter and another in overtime for a 28-22 victory over the Packers. Only two other teams won a postseason game after trailing by 10 or more points in the final 3 minutes of the fourth quarter:

Top stats to know: Seahawks' comeback - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks went from all but done to on the way to the Super Bowl. The Seahawks staged an epic late-game comeback to beat the Green Bay Pac