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FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Audibles at the Line: Wild-Card Round
Each Sunday, the FO staff sends around emails about the games that each of us are watching. We share information about the games that the rest of the group might not be watching, ask questions, and keep everyone else informed about which games they might want to turn into (if they can).

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Clutch Encounters: Wild Card
For the first time in NFL history, all four road teams won on wild-card weekend. If there was ever a slate for it to happen, this was the one. We ridiculed the quality of the NFC East and AFC South all year, so it's no surprise that Houston and Washington lost. The Bengals have the longest playoff win drought in the league (25 seasons and counting). And Minnesota has its own checkered playoff history -- though for many FO readers, this contest was about Seattle's DVOA dynasty, which was expected to roll through another big game.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 18 DVOA Ratings
Once again, it is time for postseason DVOA ratings. As always, the following rules apply.

For Vikings fans, loss to Seahawks just another on long list of defeats |
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2015 Seattle Seahawks best team, Russell Wilson passing game | The MMQB with Peter King
Making the case for why this Seahaws team heading to Charlotte for the divisional round of the playoffs  is the most dangerous Seattle has ever had

NFL Playoff Musings: The matchup that will decide each divisional game -
Can the Tom Brady's line hold off the Chiefs? Can Green Bay's DBs slow Arizona's aerial attack? Who wins Greg Olsen vs. Kam Chancellor? Or Chris Harris vs. Antonio Brown?

The 10 most crucial plays of wild-card weekend
We run through the moments that had the biggest impact on winning and losing on Saturday and Sunday using win probability added as our guide.

Once a 'rock star,' RGIII makes quiet exit from D.C. -
Sunday night's playoff loss in Washington wasn't just the last time we'll see the Redskins this season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports it will be last time we'll see RGIII as a 'Skin as well.

Adrian Peterson takes blame for Vikings' playoff loss -
Adrian Peterson's fumble put the Seattle Seahawks in prime position to take the lead and the eventual win. The Minnesota Vikings running back blamed himself for the loss on Sunday.

Josh Norman embraces challenge of playing Seahawks -
The Panthers will face the two-time NFC champion Seahawks in the Divisional Round. While some might cower at the idea of a tough bout, Josh Norman says he wants to play and beat the best.

One change each losing playoff team must adopt -
The Super Bowl aspirations of the Texans, Bengals, Redskins and Vikings dissolved last weekend. Gregg Rosenthal pinpoints the changes each team must embrace to become title contenders.

Niners get permission to speak with Tom Coughlin -
The Tom Coughlin tour continues. In one of the more surprising storylines of the offseason, the 69-year-old former Giants head coach will meet with the 49ers this week for their head coaching vacancy.

Coaching tracker: Hue to interview with Giants -
We're in the midst of the hiring season for NFL coaches. Around The NFL keeps you up to date with the latest news regarding the head-coaching carousel.

Vontaze Burfict suspended three games by NFL -
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was suspended the first three games of the 2016 season by the NFL on Monday for "repeated violations of safety-related playing rules."

Thiel: Coolest dude on coldest day? Wilson | Sportspress Northwest
On a day loaded with problems, QB Russell Wilson turned potentially the worst play into a game-breaker that sends the Seahawks on to Carolina Sunday.

Dave Boling: Mental toughness, fighting spirit key to Seahawks wild card win | The News Tribune
Yes, the Seahawks conceded, they were feeling lucky.

Dave Boling: Taming the road a valuable lesson for Seahawks | The News Tribune
The survive-and-advance approach to athletic playoffs is supposed to be a figurative matter.

Seahawks offense encouraged that it will be almost 60 degrees warmer Sunday at Carolina | The News Tribune
SOMEWHERE OVER THE ROCKIES Flying back from the Seahawks latest mind-boggler, Sunday’s rally then escape past Minnesota 10-9 in the NFC wild-card playoffs.

Super Bowl field preparations nearly done 4 weeks out -
(AP) — Less than four weeks from the Super Bowl, the field is nearly ready to be played on thanks to long days at Levi's Stadium by the crew working to install fresh sod and make every necessary tweak in regards to weather and other potential issues.

Seahawks slight underdogs Sunday against the Panthers -

Seattle Seahawks wild card round grades -

Video: Pete Carroll calls Seahawks' win over Vikings one 'we'll never forget' - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll talked to the media Monday from team headquarters in Renton, a day after their thrilling 10-9 wild-card playoffs victory over Minnesota. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

The Pete Carroll Show: Defensive stand before missed FG was huge for Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
While Blair Walsh's missed 27-yard field-goal attempt will be the most memorable play of the Seahawks' playoff win over the Vikings, it was the plays leading up to it that stick out in Pete Carroll's mind. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks personnel updates: 'One day at a time' with Marshawn Lynch - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is offering no assurances about running back Marshawn Lynch's status after last week's sudden change of course. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Pete Carroll: RB Marshawn Lynch did not have “setback” his agent reportedly described | The News Tribune
RENTON Pete Carroll says Marshawn Lynch did not have a health setback on Friday when the lead running back decided he couldn’t play in Sunday’s wild-card playoff win at Minnesota.

Panthers' Roman Harper on facing Seahawks: We are the better team - Carolina Panthers Blog- ESPN
The Panthers aren't bemoaning being matched up with reigning NFC champion Seattle in the divisional round. They're embracing it.

Ranking the Super Bowl potential of all playoff teams based on degree of difficulty - NFL
Which team has the toughest road to the Super Bowl? Start in the NFC, where the options include traveling to Carolina or Arizona. The AFC looks a little easier with a shaky No. 1 seed.

Arizona Cardinals emerge as Super Bowl 50 favorites in Las Vegas
The Cardinals have emerged as the favorites to win Super Bowl 50 at multiple Las Vegas sportsbooks after the wild-card games.

No setback for Marshawn Lynch of Seattle Seahawks before missing wild-card game
Coach Pete Carroll said it could be near kickoff Sunday before the Seahawks determine whether Marshawn Lynch can play in his first game since Nov. 15.

Russell Wilson to Tyler Lockett: The Terrible Play That “Couldn’t Have Ended More Beautifully” For the Seahawks | Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and wideout Tyler Lockett turned what looked to be a disastrous play into one of the biggest, and most important, highlights of the day.

Looking at the Snap Counts from the Seahawks Wild-Card Victory at Minnesota | Seattle Seahawks
A look at who played and how much they played in Seattle's wild-card win at Minnesota.

Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings Was The Most-Watched Early Sunday Wild-Card Game Ever | Seattle Seahawks
NBC's broadcast of Sunday's wild-card game between the Seahawks and Vikings peaked at nearly 44 million viewers.

Five Things We Learned from Pete Carroll’s Monday Appearance on 710 ESPN Seattle | Seattle Seahawks
Pete Carroll talked about his team's defensive effort, gave injury updates and talked about this week's opponent during his Monday appearance on 710 ESPN Seattle.

Fans burst into CHEERS as Seahawks win 30 seconds before ‘Book of Mormon’ starts at Seattle theatre (VIDEO) | Q13 FOX News

Seattle Seahawks should thank lucky stars to be alive in playoffs - Seattle Seahawks Blog- ESPN
The Seahawks were dormant, and then a busted play led to a touchdown and the Vikings missed a gimme. "I think we're fortunate," Pete Carroll said.

Got Seahawks fever? How about some shoes or perfume for that? | Q13 FOX News

Seattle Seahawks Punter Jon Ryan: "You Should See The Other Guy" | Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks punter Jon Ryan shared a photo of himself on Twitter Monday morning to show fans how his nose injury is doing the day after Seattle's wild-card win against the Minnesota Vikings.

Next stop, Carolina! Seahawks escape Minnesota with a win | Q13 FOX News

How Seahawks' Russell Wilson stacks up to Panthers' Cam Newton - Seattle Seahawks Blog- ESPN
Comparing quarterbacks: How the Seahawks' Russell Wilson stacks up to the Panthers' Cam Newton.

Michael Bennett on Baldwin's Catch: "He Won't Get Enough Credit" | Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett discusses the down-to-the-wire win over the Minnesota Vikings and Doug Baldwin's one-handed grab.

Pete Carroll Wild Card Locker Room Speech | Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll addresses the team in the locker room following the Seahawks 10-9 victory over the Vikings in the Wild Card playoffs.

Vikings Postgame Press Conference | Seattle Seahawks
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater react to the team's 10-9 loss against the Seattle Seahawks.

Blair Walsh: 'I'm the Only One Who Didn't Do My job" | Seattle Seahawks
Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh reflects on his missed potential game-winning field goal in the wild card round against the Seattle Seahawks.

Locker Room Sound at Vikings: Christine Michael "Looked like a Pro" | Seattle Seahawks
Christian Michael speaks to the press about the win over the Vikings and Pete Carroll comments on his performance.

Locker Room Sound at Vikings: "Sure Enough" Tyler Lockett was Open when the Missed Snap was Recovered | Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson walks us through recovering the missed snap and finding Tyler Lockett for 35 yards and his teammates comment.

Locker Room Sound at Vikings: Doug Baldwin's Grab, "Greatest Catch" Russell Wilson has Ever Seen | Seattle Seahawks
Doug Baldwin explains what was happening when he made his impressive catch; Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson comment on the play.

Locker Room Sound at Vikings: Brandon Mebane and Ahtyba Rubin Deserve "All the Credit" Says Michael Bennett | Seattle Seahawks
Ahtyba Rubin comments on his fumble recovery during his first playoff game. Richard Sherman, Bruce Irvin, and Michael Bennett talk about the great job Brandon Mebane and Rubin did on defense.

Locker Room Sound at Vikings: Blair Walsh's Missed Field Goal was "Meant to Be" | Seattle Seahawks
Hear the emotions that were felt when Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed the game winning field goal and the Seahawks knew they were moving on to the Divisional Playoffs.

Seahawks Win Stupid Crazy Playoff Game Over Vikings - Slog - The Stranger