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Happy New Year, gang!

Kevin Casey

It's a whole new year. Playoffs.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Audibles at the Line: Week 17
Seahawks opt to punt on fourth-and-1 at midfield inside the two-minute warning. The ball goes into the end zone for a touchback. They have three points and have given up five sacks and I am frustrated.

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Chiefs go with QB No. 1 -
25. Seattle Seahawks - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee Patterson was a sensation in his only season at Tennessee. An all-purpose star, Patterson could be used in a variety of ways at the next level. Patterson is a big play vertical threat from the slot and could be utilized on kick and punt return coverage.

Pete Carroll Postgame Press Conference - Week 17
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talks with the media following the Seahawks 20-13 victory over the Rams at CenturyLink Field.

Pete Carroll Show - Podcasts -
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll joins "Brock and Salk" and reviews Seattle's Week 17 win over St. Louis before looking head to the Wild Card matchup with quarterback Robert Griffin III and the Redskins.

Arizona Cardinals fire head coach Ken Whisenhunt, GM Rod Graves | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Black Monday rolls unmerrily along, as the Arizona Cardinals have fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves. The moves come after the Cardinals started hot in 2012 with four straight wins to open the season, but finished with a 5-11 mark.

Redskins await Seahawks in playoff opener
The Seahawks knew they were in the playoffs after last week’s win over the 49ers. Sunday night they found out where they’ll play in the wild-card round as the Redskins won the NFC East title.

Tate makes key play for Seahawks | - Sports
Golden Tate made the biggest play of the game on Sunday for the Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks' Wilson ties Manning's rookie TD record | - Sports
When a chance at history threatened to interfere with the easiest path to victory, Russell Wilson, not surprisingly took the selfless route.

The real Seahawks re-emerge just in time - Blog -
In the end, it was academic. The back-and-forth effort against the Rams will be remembered for getting the Seahawks their 11th win of the year, for getting Russell Wilson his rookie-record-tying 26th touchdown, and for giving the 2012 Seahawks a perfect 8-0 record at CenturyLink Field. Personally, I hope to remember it as the game where no one got injured before the real tournament starts next weekend.

Thiel: Seahawks back to earth, heading to D.C. | Sportspress Northwest
Believe it or not, the NFL’s most adept rookie decision-maker, Russell Wilson, had a moment of indecision Sunday. Tied at 13 inside two minutes, his first-and-goal-from-the-1 quandary was to run from the pocket for the game-winning touchdown, or throw for the game-winning touchdown — and break the single-season rookie record set by NFL demi-god Peyton Manning.

Tate comes up big on Seahawks' winning drive - Blog -
It came at the bottom of a pile of bodies, where he fought for possession of a loose ball, and as he described it, "held on for my life."

Revisiting the keys to Seattle’s regular-season finale vs. St. Louis | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
1. Keep Rams run game in check. Scouting report: Rams running back Steven Jackson is 10 yards away from reaching 1,000 yards rushing for the eighth consecutive season. Seattle’s streak against Jackson is almost as impressive, however: The Seahawks have never allowed him to gain more than 100 yards in any of the 16 games in which Jackson has played. Results: Jackson carried 11 times for 52 years, and Seattle outgained St. Louis 153-79 on the ground.

What makes Seahawks tough out in playoffs - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Russell Wilson could have pulled up and thrown a touchdown pass to break Peyton Manning's single-season rookie record Sunday. Tight end Zach Miller was open. Instead, the Seattle Seahawks' rookie quarterback decided to run the ball across the goal line for the winning touchdown in a 20-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams in Week 17.

Seahawks 20, Rams 13 by the numbers | - Seattle Sidelines
26—Touchdown passes by Russell Wilson this season, equaling the rookie record set by Peyton Manning in 1998. It's worth noting, however, that Manning attempted 182 more passes that year and threw 28 interceptions, compared to 10 this season by Wilson.

Seahawks Eek Out Win Over Rams, 20-13 - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
It’s a good thing that the NFL isn’t decided on style points. The Seahawks did not play well, and were very sloppy in this game. But in the end a win in a win, and that is all that matters. I think this result will be good for the Seahawks going forward. This game was hopefully a good reality check for the Seahawks. They must be more focussed than they were this week if they’re going to win road playoff games.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: The Morning After: Seahawks Close Out Season, Beat Rams 20-13
There are games to remember, games to forget, and games like this one against the Rams. Ask a Seahawks fan in a few years to rattle off the eleven team victories, and this could very well be the last on the list. It was ugly and frustrating, but it may have been the perfect playoff sendoff. Jeff Fisher did the Seahawks a favor by putting together a playoff-caliber game plan that attacked Seattle weaknesses, and forced the team to raise its level of play. The beauty was in how the coaching staff and the players adjusted and overcame. Playoff football is not about things going right. It is about having the ability to absorb punches, and having the arsenal and leadership to counter-punch effectively. The Rams were the ideal sparring partner. Seattle begins its quest for the title next week knowing they can still take a punch after a month of first quarter knock-outs.

Report: Oakland Raiders fire Greg Knapp, three others -
The Raiders were expected to fire offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and other offensive staff members this week, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, and a source informed of the news confirms with's Ian Rapoport that Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, linebacker coach Johnny Holland and two other unnamed offensive coaches are out.

Ron Wolf tabbed as San Diego Chargers consultant -
The San Diego Chargers have hired Ron Wolf as a consultant to help lead their search for a new general manager. A.J. Smith and Norv Turner were fired Monday.

What NFP is hearing - Draft Rumblings. | National Football Post
Russ Lande gives insight into four players NFL personnel people are talking about.

How impressive is Alfred Morris? | National Football Post
Why we should all give the rookie the credit he deserves.

NFL Sunday: A.P., Redskins, Lovie Smith and more | National Football Post
My notes from the final Sunday of the regular season.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Quick Reads Week 17
Traditionally, for the last week of the year, Quick Reads is a rundown of the best and worst players of the season by DYAR, rather than analysis of Week 17. For those of you who want to see Week 17, however, here are the tables with the best and worst DYAR totals for the final week of the season. You will all have to provide the commentary yourselves, as we're all busy with 100,000 other end-of-season tasks. Have fun!

Mark Sanchez: "I know we’re destined for great stuff here" | ProFootballTalk
"I had a good talk with Rex, and I know we’re destined for great stuff here," Sanchez said. "I know we can be successful here. So that’s what I’m focused on. I’m excited to come back here and do my very best."

Rutgers' CB Logan Ryan making NFL jump - CBSSports
"Logan embodies everything we look for when recruiting a potential student-athlete," said Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood in the school's official release. "He is a smart, tough, disciplined player with a tremendous work ethic and talent. He has represented our program in first class fashion and we know he will continue to excel when playing on Sundays."

Texas A&M DE Moore to enter NFL Draft - CBSSports
The First Team All-SEC pass rusher could be a top-10 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft

Super Bowl XLVII: How each NFL playoff team can make a run -
5) Seattle Seahawks (11-5) How do they make a deep run? They carry their momentum right through the postseason. Russell Wilson continues to play clutch, mistake-free football, while Marshawn Lynch grinds out tough yards. The defense continues to create high numbers of turnovers and finds the end zone a few times, as well. How do they get eliminated? An opponent stacks the box to take away Lynch, and the athletic Wilson is contained. The lack of a true No. 1 receiver ends up being an issue, and the offensive production takes a nosedive.

Tennessee Titans keep coach Mike Munchak | The Tennessean |
"I think he is the right guy to get the job done," Adams said. "He just needs the right people around him."

Russell Wilson's rise has losing, impatient NFL teams in a firing mood -
The name Russell Wilson was pointed to on Monday as a grand example of why so many people got fired so quickly. Owners in places like Cleveland and Jacksonville might have been asking why didn't their franchises discover Wilson, who was the 12th pick in the third round? And how is it that a franchise like Seattle can develop him so quickly and our franchise cannot? Andrew Luck is one thing; he was the first overall pick. But when franchises start finding franchise throwers in the third round and the failing teams do not, then someone is getting fired. Or, during this dangerous period for coaches and general managers, a lot of someones.

With Wilson, Seahawks' offense has finishing touch - Blog -
After scoring 150 points during a three-game offensive explosion, the Seahawks won with their more familiar formula on Sunday.

Cold Hard Facts - Podcasts -
John Clayton shares his thoughts on quarterback Robert Griffin III and the Redskins, the Seahawks' opponent in the first round of the playoffs. Clayton also discusses the likelihood that NFL teams with head coaching vacancies will be interested in Seahawks assistants Tom Cable, Gus Bradley and Darrell Bevell.

Report: San Francisco 49ers exec Gamble sought for GM jobs -
San Francisco's director of player personnel seems to be in demand.'s Albert Breer reports that the 49ers have given several teams permission to interview Tom Gamble for their general manager openings.

Arizona Cardinals receiving interview requests for Ray Horton -
The Arizona Cardinals have received requests from NFL teams for defensive coordinator Ray Horton to interview for vacant head coaching positions, a team source told's Ian Rapoport.

The party starts on Saturday | National Football Post
With the calendar turning to 2013, it’s time to look at how we can turn a profit during the playoffs.

Raiders fire OC Greg Knapp, 3 other assistants -
Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp's second stint with the Oakland Raiders ended Monday after just one disappointing season when he was fired, along with three other assistants.