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Blanket Coverage: Who could emerge as unlikely postseason heroes? |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

nfl offenses cardinals, panthers, steelers, deep throws big plays | The MMQB with Peter King
With the league trending toward dink and dunk in recent years, three of the NFL’s best offenses are taking a different tack: big throws, big risks, big plays and big wins

Bud Grant reminisces about cold-weather games in Minnesota | ProFootballTalk
On Sunday, the Vikings will play their first outdoor playoff game in Minnesota since 1976. The coach of that team recently reflected on the outdoor games of years gone by. “You don’t stay warm,” Bud Grant told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. “You’re cold.

The NFL has suddenly become the National Forgiveness League -
The past week has seen multiple coaches thought to be on their way out of town keep their jobs. Is this new wave of forgiveness a good thing for the NFL?

NFL Coaching Rumors: Ranking the seven NFL head coaching vacancies -
Ranking the seven best NFL head coaching vacancies.

Four matchups to watch in wild-card round - NFL
Will the Steelers exploit Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick? Can the Vikings' OTs hold up against the Seahawks' pass rush? Steve Palazzolo examines the key matchups that could sway each wild-card game.

Ex-Vikings HC Bud Grant's insane cold weather rituals -
No gloves, no sleeves, no heaters, and smearing blood. Former Minnesota Vikings head coach Bud Grant was a wild man. Grant and his team handled cold weather differently than other clubs.

Wild Card Weekend preview: Seahawks-Vikings -
Can the Vikings make up for their blowout at the hands of the Seahawks earlier this season? Around The NFL's Chris Wesseling breaks down the playoff matchup.

QB Index: Year-end rankings -
The third annual QB Index year-end rankings are out. Cam Newton finished 14th last season. How far did he move up the list this year?

Twelve most compelling Super Bowl rematches -
From Steelers-Cardinals to Chiefs-Vikings, there are a plethora of fascinating Super Bowl rematches. Chris Wesseling ranks the top 12 possibilities.

Seahawks, Vikings expect different game this time around | - Sports
RENTON — There’s one thing the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings agree upon in advance of their wild-card playoff game Sunday in...

He Said / She Said – Seattle Seahawks At Minnesota Vikings - Oregon Sports News
Oregon Sports News football writers Julian Rogers and Jessica Ridpath preview the Wild Card matchup between the Seattle Seahawks (10–6) and the Minnesota Vikings (11–5).

Seahawks defense peaking at right time -
The pinnacle of their late-season success was holding Arizona to six points in the regular-season finale to end up leading the NFL in scoring defense for the fourth straight season. According to STATS, Seattle is the first team since the Cleveland Browns (1953-57) to lead the league in scoring defense in four or more consecutive seasons.

Seattle Seahawks 2015 season grades -
The 2015 season has been quite the roller coaster ride for the Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks DC Kris Richard hopes for success again vs Adrian Peterson - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard talked about containing the league's best running back, Adrian Peterson, a second time in Sunday's playoff game. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks' Tom Cable 'very, very' encouraged by Mark Glowinski's first start - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
It wasn't perfect, according to Seahawks offensive-line coach Tom Cable, but rookie Mark Glowinski's first career start was plenty impressive. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Pete Carroll says Darrell Bevell, Tom Cable deserve credit for Seahawks' record year on offense - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Well aware of all the criticism that's been aimed at Seahawks offensive assistants Darrell Bevell and to a lesser extent Tom Cable over the past few seasons, coach Pete Carroll felt he needed to set the record straight. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Brock Huard: The coldest football game I ever played... - Dori Monson |
Tales from former NFL players about the coldest football games they ever played in. - The Dori Monson Show -

Seahawks' path to a Super Bowl win isn't easy, but it's possible - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The road to the Super Bowl is never easy. It's even more difficult when it includes three straight road games, which is the reality for the Seahawks. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

What the Seahawks have gotten from their 2015 rookie class - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
A progress report on what the Seahawks have gotten so far from their 2015 draft picks and undrafted free agents, including second rounder Frank Clark and Pro Bowler Tyler Lockett. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks' Bruce Irvin hopes to rattle 'really good friend' Teddy Bridgewater again - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Bruce Irvin may be good friends with Teddy Bridgewater, but he's honest about how the Vikings QB reacted to the Seahawks the last time they played: 'We had him rattled.' - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks Thursday practice report: Marshawn Lynch a full participant again, Luke Willson DNP - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
While almost every Seahawks player who was either limited or did not take part in Wednesday's practice was a full participant Thuesday, tight end Luke Willson's status went the other direction. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Minnesota Vikings preparing for historic cold in playoff game against Seattle Seahawks
Before the Vikings face the Seahawks in likely one of the coldest games in NFL history, they are taking steps to help their fans brave frigid weather during a playoff game.

How will weather affect the Seahawks against the Vikings? - Seattle Seahawks Blog- ESPN
Pete Carroll has already talked to his team about the frigid temperatures it will see in Minnesota this weekend.

Adrian Peterson says Marshawn Lynch is NFL's second-best running back
NFL rushing champion Adrian Peterson of the Vikings said he believes Seattle's Marshawn Lynch is the second-best running back in the NFL.

NFL playoffs: Scouting the referees for wild-card weekend
The highest-graded officials at each position will work the playoffs. Here's a look at who they are and what they've called this season.

Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett Named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month | Seattle Seahawks
Tyler Lockett, the Special Teams Player of the Week in the NFC, has also been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for December/January.

Vikings' Adrian Peterson: Seahawks have 'a rowdy defense' -
Adrian Peterson won his third NFL rushing title this season with 1,485 yards, but the Vikings running back spent his first postseason news conference discussing one of the worst games of his career.

Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman has made his plan a reality - Seattle Seahawks Blog- ESPN
In the days leading up to the Seattle Seahawks' Week 12 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Richard Sherman's brother sent a message.

Jimmy Fallon ribs Seahawks, Vikings with superlatives for Wild Card round matchup (VIDEO) | FOX Sports
Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and Vikings kicker Blair Walsh pick up some nice new awards.

Are the Seahawks worried about another potential Ice Bowl? ‘It’s going to be difficult’ | Q13 FOX News

Frigid Minnesota Weather “Not Going to be an Issue” for Seahawks This Week | Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks are preparing for the cold in Minnesota, but they don't plan on letting the weather affect the way they play Sunday.

Adrian Peterson remains primary focus for Seahawks - Jan. 7, 2015 | Seattle's Sports Radio 950 KJR
Even though Adrian Peterson gained just 18 yards on eight carries in the first meeting between the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings in December, that doesn't make him any less dangerous for Sunday's playoff rematch in frigid Minneapolis.