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Seahawks, Falcons eye elite level | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
This game is the kind of moment that separates a successful season from a truly special one, each team seeking that breakthrough moment on the path toward a title.

How the Seahawks match up with the 49ers | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
If the Seahawks win at Atlanta on Sunday, they'll face the 49ers at San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 20. Season series The 49ers...

Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley interviews with Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday -- report - ESPN
The Philadelphia Eagles interviewed Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley for their head coaching vacancy on Saturday in Atlanta, USA Today Sports reported, citing a source informed of the meeting.

The Tape Never Lies: There are weaknesses the Falcons’ WRs need to expose | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
They’re too tall, too physical and they talk too damn much. That’s three ways to define the starting Seattle Seahawks’ defensive backs, who have become, arguably, the league’s best group of pass defenders. Once considered too tall and slow, now they’re simply viewed as being too damn good as they have shut down a countless number of supposed pass-catching threats. This weekend’s task: quiet the three-headed combination of Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Tony Gonzalez.

2013 NFL Draft: Top 10 offensive prospects at Shrine Game - CBSSports
Does this year's offensive group have a first-round prospect like wide receiver A.J. Jenkins a year ago?

Wide Receivers: On the Move? - Offseason Low Down -
Evan Silva looks at 25 wide receivers who are under contract for 2013, but still have murky futures.

Previewing the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs – Sunday
Yesterday, I previewed Saturday’s games with um, mixed results (skip the Denver-Baltimore preview and just read the San Francisco-Green Bay breakdown twice). Let’s take another crack at it by examining Sunday’s matchups.

NFL Recap - Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers - Jan 12, 2013 - Game Recap
Colin Kaepernick ran for a quarterback playoff record 181 yards and two touchdowns and threw two scoring passes to Michael Crabtree in leading the San Francisco 49ers back to the NFC championship game with a 45-31 victory against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night.

Rob Ryan denies he's been hired by Rams | National Football Post
But he would fit as club's defensive coordinator

Best and worst of the 2012-13 bowl season | National Football Post
The highs and lows of this year's postseason slate.

NFL Playoffs: Kaepernick, Ravens, Manning... | National Football Post
My game notes from the Saturday's Divisional matchups.

A great day to be an NFL fan | ProFootballTalk
These are the days that remind us how great the NFL is. Two playoff classics — the Ravens beating the Broncos in double overtime and 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick emerging as a superstar in a win over the Packers — made Saturday a wonderful day to be an NFL fan. It was one of those games that made us nod our heads and say, "Yep, this is why we love football."

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Abraham Injury May Be Bigger Than Clemons Absence
Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham injured his left ankle in the last game of the regular season versus the Tampa Bay Bucs. It has been assumed since he practiced in a limited basis earlier this week that he would be fine to play against the Seahawks. Jason LaCanfora reported yesterday that Abraham will, indeed, play despite being listed as questionable on the official injury report. More importantly, the indications are that Abraham will be playing at far less than 100% health. Abraham is instrumental to that Falcons defense. So much so that him playing injured could have a bigger impact on the outcome than the Seahawks Chris Clemons missing the game.

Five Impact Seattle Seahawks Sunday vs. Atlanta Falcons - NFL Playoffs, Seahawks blog
Everyone has heard the saying, "You win as a team, you lose as a team" but there are always some players who can impact a game and tilt it in your favor more than others.

Random Thoughts Before Seahawks vs Falcons Playoff Game - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Just like last week, I have too many things on my mind to write about and not enough writing time. So instead of just picking only one topic, I’ve decided to list out a bunch of things that I’ve been thinking this week. Because, lets face it, who doesn’t like lists?

Down in Georgia, Falcons got Marshawn on their minds | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Atlanta Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud and Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch go back to Oakland.

Seahawks' Irvin provides a steady diet of proving ’em wrong | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Since that controversial day in April, when the Seattle Seahawks made Bruce Irvin the No. 15 pick in the NFL draft, coach Pete Carroll has maintained that the rookie can be more than a pass-rush specialist.

Seahawks’ All-Pro players share honor with their teammates
The Seahawks landed four players on the All-Pro team Saturday: Marshawn Lynch, Max Unger, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas. Each credited their success to, and shared it with, their teammates.

Fran Tarkenton: ‘Russell Wilson is Rookie of the Year’
Fran Tarkenton looked Russell Wilson in the eye – eye-to-eye – on Saturday, and the Hall of Fame quarterback continues to like what he sees in the rookie QB who has been compared to him this season. Blog | NFC Divisional Playoff Matchup Box: Seahawks at Falcons
Matchup microscope Seahawks cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner vs. Falcons wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones: Big on Big. Long against Long. Physical versus Physical. These four going at each other is all of that, and more. And the tandem that wins most often will go a long way in deciding which team advances to the NFC Championship game. There isn’t a bigger corner tandem in the NFL than Sherman and Browner, who combined for 11 interceptions, 30 passes defensed and five forced fumbles. There isn’t a more productive wide-out tandem in the league than White and Jones, who combined for 171 receptions, 2,549 yards and 17 touchdown catches. Usually a defense tries to stop the run and force an opponent to pass. But the Falcons use their passing game to open things up for the running game. Sherman and Browner will need to be on top of it, to prevent Jones and White from using their speed in getting over the top on them.

STS Top-10 Unrestricted Free Agent Tracker – 2013 | Seattle Seahawks Blog
The expanded tracker will be updated each evening and will not always be updated immediately upon the sidebar tracker being updated on the homepage. Below is a list of 10 Unrestricted Free Agents who Seattle should inquire about in 2013. These players have been scouted thoroughly throughout the 2012 season, and have been determined to be potential good fits for the offensive and defensive schemes that the Seahawks run, as well as the overall personnel philosophy that the Seahawks’ front office has undertaken. Feel free to suggest other names, and/or request analysis on players who may not be mentioned on this list. STS has determined the Seahawks’ top 5 offseason needs to be (in order of importance):