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The day before....

Teammates: Inside Marshawn Lynch is a huge heart
RENTON, Wash. — Here's the Marshawn Lynch few know: The rebellious, ruthless running back known as "Beast Mode" is not a beast at all.

Wednesday in Hawkville: Demarcus Dobbs returns to step in for Jordan Hill
With Jordan Hill being placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Demarcus Dobbs’ return from missing three games with a sprained ankle is timely as he’ll fill Hill’s tackle spot in the nickel defensive line.

Cam Newton’s not thinking about past Seahawks games | ProFootballTalk
The Panthers have been able to play the Seahawks close lately, but close won't count Saturday night. At least not to Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks meet in NFC divisional playoff - ESPN
The reigning Super Bowl champions welcome the Carolina Panthers to Seattle on Saturday night in what figures to be a low-scoring affair.

Playoff Breakdown: Patriots-Ravens, Seahawks-Panthers, Packers-Cowboys | The MMQB with Peter King
An in-depth look at both sides of the ball for this weekend's four divisional-round playoff games

Matt Bowen's NFL Divisional Playoffs Film Study | Bleacher Report
Throughout the playoffs, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you his film study: a breakdown of personnel, matchups and scheme on the postseason stage.

Thomas Davis and the Panthers have been here before -
As a rookie with Carolina in 2005, linebacker Thomas Davis got his first taste of playoff success and disappointment. Now, the most tenured player on the team is going back to Seattle with a chance at a different outcome.

Panthers-Seahawks divisional playoffs preview: 12 things to know -
Are the sneaky-good Panthers on enough of a roll to handle the reigning Super Bowl champs on the road? Here's what you need to know about the Carolina-Seattle playoff matchup.

Seahawks prepare for 'dogfight' with Carolina Panthers | Sports | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News
The Carolina Panthers finished the regular season with a losing record, so it might be easy for people to overlook them. Not the Seattle Seahawks, though. They know better than that.

Undercover operation gets field ready for Seahawks playoff game | Local News | The Seattle Times

5 things you need to know about Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks in Divisional Playoffs |
Can the Panthers win in a challenging setting?

Referee for Seahawks-Panthers: Terry McAulay | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The referee for Seattle’s playoff game against the Panthers Saturday is Terry McAulay, according to

The All-22: Jamie Collins, Michael Bennet among under-the-radar stars of NFL playoff divisional round - NFL -
The All-22: Jamie Collins, Michael Bennet among the under-the-radar stars of NFL playoff divisional round.

Markus Golden Citrus Bowl notes — he’s a stud | Seahawks Draft Blog
Markus Golden has grit. Markus Golden is a leader. Markus Golden has production. Markus Golden is an athlete.

On this date: Marshawn Lynch’s Beast Mode run makes the earth and Saints quake
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 8

Regardless of where he plays, Michael Bennett makes plays
How is 274-pound Michael Bennett able to take on much larger blockers and still generate big plays for the Seahawks’ No. 1-ranked defense? It’s all about leverage, and also a little bit of freedom.

Seahawks have history, home crowd on their side against Cam Newton - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton hasn't found much success in three regular-season games against the Seahawks, and now he's going on the road at a stadium where Seattle is 24-2 over the previous three seasons, including the playoffs. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Carroll says the right head-coach candidate is worth the wait - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks assistants Dan Quinn, Darrell Bevell and Tom Cable might all miss out on opportunities to become head coaches because of teams' unwillingness to wait until after the Super Bowl to fill their vacancies. Pete Carroll believes that's a mistake. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Todd Bowles to interview with 49ers on Friday - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Officially add Todd Bowles to the San Francisco 49ers' coaching search. The Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator will interview with the Niners on

How the Seahawks defense made a six-game run to glory - NFC West Blog - ESPN
How did the Seahawks go from being an OK defense after 10 games to a unit that is being compared to the best of all time?

Seahawks injury report: TE Tony Moeaki a game-time decision; five others return | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Seahawks don’t have many injury question marks heading into Saturday’s playoff game against the Panthers, but one question mark they do have is with tight end Tony Moeaki, who injured his calf earlier this week and will be a game-time decision.

Carolina may have to make switch at receiver before game against Seattle | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Carolina Panthers have wrapped up their week of practice in Charlotte and are now heading to Seattle this afternoon for Saturday’s game against the Seahawks.

Seattle safety Earl Thomas: 'I’m all imagination and creativity' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seattle safety Earl Thomas met the media today and talked about Cam Newton, his relationship with Marshawn Lynch and how it has changed this year, and more:

NFC Divisional Round: Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks preview - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks have been where the Carolina Panthers are today.

Wagner, Kuechly highlight matchup of strong defenses - Jan. 7, 2015 | SPORTS RADIO KJR
The two best middle linebackers in football this season will face off in Saturday's Divisional Round matchup between the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks.

Coaching visits tracker -
The Buffalo Bills' carousel of head-coaching candidates will continue with Kyle Shanahan, who will interview with the team Thursday. Who else is generating interest?

Divisional Round preview: Cowboys-Packers -
With frigid conditions expected Sunday, this Divisional match could come down to the running game. Who will shine DeMarco Murray or Eddie Lacy? Marc Sessler breaks down the Cowboys-Packers tilt.

QB Index: Biggest obstacles for playoff QBs -
Tony Romo added a victory to his playoff resume last week. Peyton Manning will try to add to his in the Divisional Round. The QB Index focuses on the eight remaining signal-callers in the playoffs.

President Obama: Non-PI call 'was a little suspect' -
You know an NFL play is controversial when the President of the United States is using it as a talking point. "I had never seen anything like that before," he said. "I would've been pretty irritated."

Chiefs sign QB Terrelle Pryor to 1-year deal -
After spending 2014 without a team, Terrelle Pryor has found himself a home -- for now. The quarterback signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported.

Colts-Broncos preview: Five stats to know about the divisional matchup -
Make no mistake about it: This is the Andrew Luck vs. Peyton Manning show. But there are plenty of other eye-opening stats to watch in the Colts-Broncos divisional playoff game.

NFL Picks - Straight Up - Week 19 -'s host of NFL experts provides expert picks, grades and analysis for each game during the season.

2015 NFL Draft: Dynamic offensive duo leaving Alabama for the NFL -
Heisman finalist Amari Cooper and running back T.J. Yeldon have both decided to skip their senior seasons in Tuscaloosa and enter the 2015 NFL Draft as expected

Seattle sports teams still planning February road trip to Arizona -
All the Seattle sports teams are talking about a February road trip to Arizona.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: Banged-Up Ravens Beat Steelers
The Ravens beat the Steelers last Saturday night to advance to the divisional round of the AFC playoffs. The game won't be remembered as well as some of their past conflicts, but it was probably the second best game of an ugly weekend of wild-card football.

Just getting started | National Football Post
January through March is just the beginning for the business of football.

NFL Divisional Playoff Picks: Paths to Victory for 4 Road Underdogs | Bleacher Report
Divisional-round game previews are a little different, because divisional-round games are different. Four clear favorites are facing four road underdogs in critical games. By definition, the storylines are preordained.

2015 NFL Draft: East-West Shrine Game Offensive Preview -
The 90th East-West Shrine Game will showcase several offensive pro prospects who will be drafted in the 2015 NFL Draft