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Why didn't Cardinals go to Logan Thomas? -
The Arizona Cardinals’ offense was clearly marred by poor play from Ryan Lindley. So why didn't Bruce Arians put in Logan Thomas? Gregg Rosenthal explores.

Momentum overrated: 13 takeaways from Saturday -
The Ravens played their best all-around game in three months, once again proving that December momentum is overrated. Here's what else you need to know from Wild Card Saturday.

Panthers-Cardinals: 9 takeaways from Carolina's 27-16 wild card win -
The Panthers toppled the Cardinals 27-16 on Saturday night in Charlotte. Here are nine takeaways from that game.

Move over 1958 Browns, Cardinals are playoffs' most inept offense ever -
The Arizona Cardinals produced the worst offensive night in NFL playoff history on Saturday against the Panthers.

Panthers-Cardinals: 9 takeaways from Carolina's 27-16 wild card win -
The Panthers toppled the Cardinals 27-16 on Saturday night in Charlotte. Here are nine takeaways from that game.

John Harbaugh: Joe Flacco is NFL's best quarterback -
After yet another impressive playoff performance, John Harbaugh reaffirmed his belief that Joe Flacco is the best QB in the NFL. Does the Baltimore Ravens coach have an argument?

All-Pro team should change to reflect the changing NFL | ProFootballTalk
It's time for changes on the All-Pro team. The Associated Press has released its annual All-Pro team, and although other organizations release their own All-Pro teams, the AP version is generally recognized as the "official" All-Pro team for the NFL. Unfortunately, that All-Pro team is flawed.

Lions could use Golden Tate on punt returns | ProFootballTalk
In Seattle last year, Golden Tate was both a starting wide receiver and the punt returner. When the Lions signed him this offseason, they decided to put all his attention on offense. But with the playoffs coming, Tate would like a shot at returning punts again.

Bills, 49ers won’t let defensive coordinators interview in Washington | ProFootballTalk
The Bills and 49ers do not have head coaches at the moment. But they both have defensive coordinators under contract, and they're squatting on their contractual rights.

Coaching hirings won’t happen for a few days | ProFootballTalk
As the playoffs begin and the network reporters scramble for stuff to report, most of it will relate to the initial spinnings of the coaching carousel. If you're hoping for someone to break this weekend the news that a team has hired a new head coach, you'll likely be disappointed.

Salary disparity is helping coaches gain power | ProFootballTalk
If the new dynamic of coaches and General Managers becomes a trend, look for more coaches to win -- and for more General Managers to lose -- power struggles. The leverage comes from the pay scale.

Ed Hochuli refers to fellow official as “Jungle Boy” on live mic | ProFootballTalk
Ed Hochuli's got some explaining to do. While documenting a 12-men on the field penalty in the third quarter of today's Panthers-Cardinals wild card game, Hochuli's microphone stayed hot for a moment.

With season over, Fitzgerald speculation ramps up | ProFootballTalk
Now that the Cardinals' season has ended with a playoff loss in Carolina, the chatter will commence regarding the future of receiver Larry Fitzgerald.  Or perhaps the proper word isn't commence but continue. As PFT reported last month, the Cardinals will not cut Fitzgerald, despite a $23.

Newton’s ankle sore after being stepped on | ProFootballTalk
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who has battled plenty of injuries all year long, has another one. Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell stepped on Newton's left ankle, the one that was surgically repaired in March.

Ravens open as underdogs of a touchdown or more vs. Patriots | ProFootballTalk
The Ravens have a knack for giving the Patriots all they can handle. Nevertheless, Baltimore has opened as a sizable underdog in Saturday's divisional-round matchup at New England. The Patriots have been installed as 7.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Seahawks Threaten History By Defying Convention
Pete Carroll brought a lot of things with him to Seattle. He had a couple of college championships, a reputation as a master recruiter, and lingering questions about just how much of his recent success was attributable to coaching versus player talent. Among his many mentors, Bill Walsh stands out as a man who changed the face of the NFL with an innovative approach to high percentage passing that has reverberated through the league for three decades. Carroll has a chance to cement his legacy in football as a coaching legend by defeating many of the trends Walsh started.

Extra Points Video: Handing out some season awards | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
In this edition of Extra Points, beat writers Jayson Jenks and Bob Condotta talk about their season MVPs and breakthrough players for the Seahawks:

RENTON: First-team All-Pros Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Bobby Wagner Show Seahawks Aren’t “South Alaska” Anymore | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The Seattle Seahawks placed three members of the NFL’s top-ranked defense on The Associated Press All-Pro team announced Friday: cornerback Richard Sherman, safety Earl Thomas and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner.

New Year’s Day in Hawkville: Seahawks practicing as they play during bye week
The Seahawks don’t have a game this weekend because they’re the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs, but you’d never know it by the tempo and intensity of their two bye-week practices.

Danny Shelton could be 2015’s most overrated prospect | Seahawks Draft Blog
If Danny Shelton is going to be a first round pick this year — and I’m not convinced — he’ll need to prove he’s more than just a run stuffer.

Seahawks’ Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin bound by friendship | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin became close friends at Stanford, and keep each other grounded.

Vote Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch for NFL Ground Player of the Year
Marshawn Lynch is one of three nominees for NFL Ground Player of the Year.

Doug Baldwin lists his reasons for Seattle Seahawks' turnaround - ESPN
“It was several things, but one of the more glaring things was the fact that we did win the Super Bowl last year,” Baldwin said. “Through that process, when you go to the parade and the ceremony and the ring, it makes you forget how difficult it was to reach the mountaintop.

Seahawks Battle Jinx of the Super Bowl Winner -
Where others saw discord and dissension, and another Super Bowl champion headed down the path of an early end to its season, Pete Carroll saw a challenge.

Saturday Seahawks links and notes: Seattle sits and waits, and young players emerging | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Happy playoff Saturday! One potential Seattle opponent next Saturday will be determined this afternoon as Arizona and Carolina face off in Charlotte. Seattle went 3-0 against those two teams this season, allowing no touchdowns and just six field goals in 12 quarters.

Cardinals set NFL playoff record for fewest yards -
The Arizona Cardinals were pretty bad on Saturday. Historically bad.

Examining the best NFL fits for Melvin Gordon - Bucky's 5th Quarter
Which NFL teams might be interested in taking a running back in the first round?

NFL playoffs 2015: Picks, prediction all the way through the Super Bowl - Niners Nation
The NN staff has put together its picks for the 2015 NFL playoffs. Not surprisingly, the Seahawks are frequently mentioned.

Maxx Williams NFL Draft Projection: What NFL Teams Make Sense For The Minnesota Gopher Tight End - The Daily Gopher
Minnesota's Maxx Williams figures to be one of the top three prospects at TE, if not the best overall. We look at what NFL teams have the best chance to draft him.