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RENTON: Seahawks say brotherhood, belief is why they are in the Super Bowl again | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The rest of the Pacific Northwest was still buzzing over his catch that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl.

FOXBOROUGH, MASS.: New England’s Browner excited to see old friends | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Cornerback Brandon Browner says he “had that vision when I signed here — hopefully meeting up with my old boys — and it worked up that way.”

Seahawks are home team for Super Bowl, blue-on-blue unis could be in the offing | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
To answer a commonly asked question, the Seahawks are the home team for the Super Bowl. The designations simply rotate and Seattle was the road team last year when they wore their whites uniforms on blue pants. As the home team this year, Seattle is likely to wear its usual home uniforms of blue on blue.

Brash Seahawks should be applauded for resiliency | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Team Bravado is back in the Super Bowl, with a back story more fascinating than what they offered a year ago, but the national hype is again an oversimplification.

Seahawks coordinator Dan Quinn has second interview for Falcons’ top job | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Defensive coordinator said to be the leading candidate for Atlanta position

Once again, undrafted free agents have a major impact on the winning ways of the Hawks | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Chris Matthews grabs the onside kick for Seattle, while receivers Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin finish off the victory

Three things from the Seahawks' win over Green Bay - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Three things we learned and three things we're still trying to figure out after the Seahawks advanced to the Super Bowl with a 28-22 overtime win over Green Bay in the NFC title game. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Jermaine Kearse's big moment gave way to a low-key celebration - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse met with the media on Monday, a day after going from goat to hero in Seattle's win over Green Bay in the NFC title game. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Jon Ryan on the special teams fake that started Seahawks' comeback - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Several vital offensive players had their moments in the Seahawks' NFC title win, but it was Seattle's first touchdown, a pass from punter Jon Ryan to tackle Garry Gilliam on a fake field goal, that turned the tide for the Seahawks. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

A closer look at the Seahawks' successful on-sides kick - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The on-sides kick that the Seahawks recovered in the fourth quarter of the NFC title game was a product of perfect execution on Seattle's part and a costly mistake by Green Bay. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Russell Wilson and Tom Brady had similar career starts - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and New England Patriots QB Tom Brady have more in common than many people realize entering the Super-Bowl matchup between these two teams.

QB Snapshot: Russell Wilson - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A quick observation of quarterback Russell Wilson and how he played in the Seattle Seahawks' 28-22 overtime victory Sunday over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game:

Seattle Seahawks have 19 new faces for this Super Bowl - ESPN
One year later, the Seattle Seahawks have 19 new faces on their Super Bowl roster compared to one year ago. The 53-man roster includes 34 players who were part of the team last season in the 43-8 victory over Denver.

Up Next: New England Patriots
The Seahawks are heading back to the Super Bowl, where they’ll face a Patriots team that has won three Super Bowl titles and played in the NFL championship game seven times.

This Chris Matthews really plays hardball
After spending most of the season being signed to, released from and re-signed to the Seahawks’ practice squad, CFL refugee Chris Matthews came up with a play in Sunday’s NFC title game that helped save the Seahawks’ season.

Curran: Somebody's going down for 'Deflategate' | Comcast SportsNet -

Longtime college football manager: Everyone cheats and deflates footballs on game day | - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: In a small way, your college football team is likely cheating every game day. At least, that’s what a long-tenured college football equipment manager believes. With the college football season coming to a close, we conducted a Q&A with an … Continue reading →

The Patriots won’t stop pushing the boundaries in Super Bowl 49 | The MMQB with Peter King
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Whenever head referee Walt Anderson announced that an ineligible player was reporting as eligible, or vice versa, the home crowd of 68,756 roared as if the Patriots had just found the end zone in Sunday night’s AFC Championship Game.

Peter King's mailbag for Conference Championships - The MMQB - MMQB -
The MMQB's Peter King answers your questions from Twitter including the impact of Sherman's injury and how will the Seahawks defend Rob Gronkowski.

Percy Harvin getting paid for Seahawks in Super Bowl - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News

Seahawks' Chris Matthews, Garry Gilliam proved crucial to Seattle's comeback in NFC championship - NFL -
Seahawks special teamers Chris Matthews, Garry Gilliam proved crucial to Seattle's comeback against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship.

LOOK: Seahawks fan gives jersey to sad, 13-year-old Packers fan -
At least one Packers fan went home happy on Sunday.

Marshawn Lynch Proving Too Important to Seahawks Offense to Consider Letting Go | Bleacher Report
Proving the doubters wrong is a common phrase that NFL players like to point to after an impressive performance.

2012 Seahawks Draft Gave Them Wilson, Wagner, Irvin - Business Insider
The 2012 NFL draft is the biggest reason the Seattle Seahawks have been the best team in the league over the last two years.

Super Bowl preview: Will Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch be able to dominate New England Patriots defense? | FOX Sports
Coy Wire looks at whether Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will be able to dominate against the Patriots the way he did against the Packers -- and what New England may do to corral him.

Seahawks fan turned down $20K for Jermaine Kearse TD ball -
The Seahawks fan who caught Jermaine Kearse's touchdown pass says he turned down a $20,000 offer for the ball.

Greg Cosell's Film Review: How the Seahawks came back | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: We all know that the Seattle Seahawks staged an incredible comeback to win the NFC championship, but let’s take a look at how they did it.

Seattle Seahawks stay strong and let Green Packers hand them Super Bowl berth | FOX Sports
The defending champs did 'go and get' a victory on Sunday, but it's the Packers that allowed that to happen.

Seahawks Keep Believing, All the Way to the Super Bowl | Rolling Stone
Seattle shocks Green Bay with a furious fourth-quarter comeback to take the NFC championship

Super Bowl XLIX: How the Seattle Seahawks can top the Patriots -
How will Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson stop a New England Patriots team that's been on fire lately? Bucky Brooks lays out five things the Seattle Seahawks can do to win Super Bowl XLIX.

Super Bowl 2015: Patriots’ Red-Hot Offense Faces Seahawks’ Dominant Defense -
Last year’s Super Bowl pitted one of the greatest single-season offenses in N.F.L. history against one of the greatest single-season defenses. Using slightly different time frames, this year’s Super Bowl can boast similar claims.

LOOK: Is Clay Matthews lined up offside on Russell Wilson interception? -
Was there another missed offside call in the NFC Championship?

Brady said in 2011 he likes deflated footballs | ProFootballTalk
The NFL has not yet concluded that the Patriots deliberately deflated footballs on Sunday against the Colts.  But if they did, it meshes with the preferences of their quarterback. Via CBS Connecticut, Tom Brady told WEEI in Boston more than three years ago that he likes deflated footballs.

Aaron Rodgers likes his footballs overinflated | ProFootballTalk
Now that an investigation has commenced regarding whether the Patriots indulged Tom Brady's preference for deflated footballs, the question becomes whether other teams do the same thing. Via Mike Reiss of, at least one possibly does.

Polian says all balls should remain in custody of officials | ProFootballTalk
During a visit from Bob Glauber of Newsday to Tuesday's PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, Glauber and I had a little fun with the potential reaction of former Colts G.M. Bill Polian to the #deflategate controversy if he were still the current G.M.

Will Packers replace 49ers as Seahawks’ new rivals? - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Jim Harbaugh is gone from San Francisco, and after the 49ers’ less-than-successful season, with him goes the Seahawks-49ers rivalry — at least in its current form. Is it time for Seattle to find a new football rival?

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: The Explosive Truth: Seahawks Outclass Patriots Offense & Defense In Key Stat
Tom Brady is a god. He wins Super Bowls while brushing his teeth in the morning and throws touchdowns while kissing Gisele good night. Bill Belichick is a defensive genius. He can stop entire offenses with one scowl and scoop up any threats with his hoodie. These are the Patriots, boys and girls. They do no wrong (at least on the football field). The Seahawks, on the other hand, are a team that is just a great defense and a good running game. Their offense is "good enough" to compete, but hardly a threat. Not so fast. There is a massive secret that only you get to know because you were smart enough to read this article.

12 greatest games in Seattle Seahawks history - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
The Seattle Seahawks’ dramatic come-from-behind victory over the Green Bay Packers is destined to become one of the most memorable contests in NFL history.

Marshawn Lynch: ‘He really lived up to that Beast Mode’ | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch showed he’s the engine of the offense against the Packers, prompting coach Pete Carroll, teammate Christine Michael and NFL analyst Marshall Faulk to marvel at his strength and will.

Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots have much in common - ESPN
The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks each have some similar statistical threads in their journey to Arizona and the Super Bowl. With the help of the Elias Sports Bureau, here's a quick run-through:

Undrafted players made key plays in Seahawks' win over Packers | - Sports
RENTON — When quarterback Russell Wilson threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse in overtime of Sunday's NFC...

RENTON: Dave Boling: Seahawks getting big plays from unexpected sources | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The Seattle Seahawks cut Chris Matthews twice this season.

WOODY: Russell Wilson rises to the occasion, as always - Woody On Sports
Russell Wilson is an “I”, “my” and “me” kind of guy, and he uses those words in ways teammates appreciate and admire.

Bill Belichick: Russell Wilson similar to Roger Staubach -
"I can't really put it into words. Wilson's just got an instinctiveness. He just knows where people are," Belichick said. "It looks like he's going to get tackled and he doesn't. It kind of reminds (me) of watching Staubach. You think he doesn't see them, but he sees them or somehow he just knows they're there." "He's got an uncanny sense of awareness of what's around him -- good or bad. I can't really define it. I don't know how you coach it; it's just an awareness that all great players have it. ... I think he just has it at a higher level. It's really impressive."

This Fan-Shot Video Is The Best Way To Relive Jermaine Kearse's TD Catch
As far as in-stadium, fan-shot highlights go, this one is hard to top. It's shot from the best possible angle, it is crystal-clear in quality, and it features just enough of the Blair Witch-style screaming and shaking that makes this particular genre of highlight so enjoyable. If you're a Seahawks fan, just go ahead and spend the rest of the afternoon watching this.

Seahawks Fans: Russell Wilson Isn't Elite | Nik Bonaddio
It's not hard to like Russell Wilson. He's young, he's exciting, he obviously wears his emotions on his sleeve. Oh, and he's also a Super Bowl champion with another potential ring on the way.

Kam Chancellor's impact on the Seattle defense in 2 GIFs -
"It's gonna be a nasty scene."

Felger: How can this be the same Pete Carroll we saw here? | Comcast SportsNet -
"He just wasn't the hard-nosed coach we were used to (under Parcells),'' Adam Vinatieri once told me a few years back. "He was a great guy, and obviously he was a great coach. Practices were fun. God love him. But Pete tended to always look on the bright side and see the best in people. So somebody would do something wrong and he'd give them another chance. Someone would screw up and it would be like, 'Oh, well. Whatever.' And, in my opinion, that not what we needed at that point. Sometimes you have to hold people accountable.''

NFL Draft Stuff:

2015 East-West Shrine Game notebook | National Football Post
Which players shined in the longest-running all-star college football game?

2015 Senior Bowl: Auburn QB Nick Marshall makes quick switch to CB -
Scouts are used to seeing collegiate players make position switches in an attempt to spark NFL interest but the jump from quarterback to cornerback is a rare one. Nick Marshall, who previously played corner at Georgia, shook off the rust quickly and was one of several prospects who made a strong impression in the South Team's first practice.

2015 Senior Bowl: Crowder stands tall among North team receivers -
Although he wasn't impressive during the weigh-ins, Duke's Jamison Crowder redeemed himself on the practice field Tuesday when it mattered and looked like the best receiver on the North squad

Mayock: T.J. Clemmings can make switch to left tackle in NFL -
Pitt's T.J. Clemmings has played just two seasons at offensive tackle, and both were spent on the right side. But NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock says he thinks Clemmings can be a left tackle int he NFL.

Josh Shaw says NFL teams focused on play, not suspension -
USC defensive back Josh Shaw says teams have been more interested in discussing his football ability than his suspension early on at the Senior Bowl.

Mayock: Duke's Jamison Crowder a standout at Senior Bowl -
WR Jamison Crowder, who had 283 career receptions at Duke, stood out on the first day of Senior Bowl practice, NFL Media's Mike Mayock said.

Justin Hardy among standouts from Day One at Senior Bowl -
Who stood out during Day One of Senior Bowl practice? East Carolina's Justin Hardy is among the nine players who impressed NFL Media analysts during Tuesday's action.

What we learned on Day One of Senior Bowl practices -
Nick Marshall has decided to make the switch from quarterback to cornerback earlier than originally anticipated, doing so at the Senior Bowl. Here is what we learned watching the first day of practices.

Senior Bowl: Buzz-worthy, buzz-kill players from Day 1 -
Oregon State's Sean Mannion tops Bucky Brooks' list of prospects whom scouts were buzzing about on Day 1 of the Senior Bowl, while Alabama's Blake Sims was among the day's disappointments.

Senior Bowl weigh-in notes & day one | Seahawks Draft Blog
For a full list of measurements for both the North and South squads click here.

Senior Bowl 2015: Draft Scouting and Observations from Day 1 | Bleacher Report
Throughout the week of practice at the Senior Bowl, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you his notes on some of the top prospects in the 2015 NFL draft. The game will take place Saturday, Jan. 24.


Big Names, Big NFL Cap Hits: What Does Future Hold for Contenders, Key Players? | Bleacher Report
The Super Bowl is under two weeks away, dear fan. Where is your head at?

Agent's Take: What's next for the Packers and the Colts -
Will Julius Peppers retire? Will the Packers pony up for Randall Cobb? Is Trent Richardson finished in Indy? Will Reggie Wayne be back? Here's what's next for the Packers and Colts.

Cardinals closing in on deal for Dick LeBeau to serve as linebackers coach | ProFootballTalk
After resigning his long-term position as defensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dick LeBeau appears to be closing in on a new job in the desert. According to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports, the Arizona Cardinals are nearing a deal to hire LeBeau as their linebackers coach.