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Feels good to wake up this morning, still alive in the Playoffs.

Patrick McDermott


Andrew Luck goes out, RG3 goes down and Russell Wilson arrives | ProFootballTalk
But there’s Wilson, the allegedly too-short quarterback drafted 75th overall by the Seahawks, still alive heading into the divisional round, where he’ll lead the Seahawks against the Falcons next weekend. And Wilson was better than either of his fellow rookies on Sunday, completing 15 of 26 passes for 187 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions, and adding 67 rushing yards on eight carries. Wilson was good all season, but he really arrived on Sunday.

RG3: There was no way I was coming out | ProFootballTalk
"I’d probably been right back out there on the field. You respect authority and I respect coach Shanahan but at the same time you have to step up and be a man sometimes.There was no way I was coming out of the game," Griffin said. "It’s an awkward conversation you never want to have with a head coach. You don’t want him to ever feel like you’re lying to him. I wasn’t lying to him, I was able to play. Period. If he would have pulled me out, I would have been highly upset but that’s his prerogative. He kept me in."

Report: Bears seek permission to interview Bevell | ProFootballTalk
Darrell Bevell could be returning to the NFC North. The second-year coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks, who previously spent five years with the Vikings and six with the Packers, has landed on the Bears’ radar screen.

Wild-card weekend: Grading the rookies -
Here are the notable -- and not so notable -- performances from the wild-card weekend.

Sorting the Sunday Pile, wild card weekend: Shanahan did RG3 wrong -
Sorting the Sunday Pile breaks down all the biggest storylines from the week that was in the NFL.

Seahawks score 24 unanswered points to grab first road playoff win since 1983 | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The Seattle Seahawks won their first road playoff game since Dec. 31, 1983, and they did it in a fashion that was both ignominious and spectacular in a 24-14 win over the Washington Redskins. They became the third team in NFL history to win a playoff game despite being down by 14 points to start, adding their mark to those of the 1957 Detroit Lions and 2003 Philadelphia Eagles.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
One name who could spice up the veteran quarterback market is Matt Flynn. We’ve heard Flynn could be on the move for the second time in as many seasons, this time via the trade market. Given that Russell Wilson has established himself as the clear No. 1 in Seattle, the Seahawks likely will listen to offers. And given there are more teams in need of quarterbacks than there are attractive, available veterans, it is likely John Schneider’s phone will be ringing. In fact, if a team is willing to take on Flynn’s big contract, it wouldn’t be surprising if they could get the former Packer for reasonable trade compensation.

Wild Card Sunday: RG3's injury, Lynch, Boldin | National Football Post
My game notes plus a look ahead to the Divisional round.

Wild-card weekend MVPs: Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch show why they are Pro Bowlers | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Marshawn Lynch, running back, Seattle Seahawks: In the Seahawks' first road playoff win since 1983, Lynch had 20 carries for 132 yards and a game-winning 27-yard touchdown run where he side-stepped cornerback DeAngelo Hall before running around and through several defenders on his way to the end zone. Lynch's remarkable run atoned for an uncharacteristic fumble near the goal line in the third quarter and was his third run of 20+ yards on the night. The first of those runs came when Lynch scooped up a fumble by quarterback Russell Wilson behind the line of scrimmage and fought his way for 20 yards midway through the second quarter. Lynch's fumble recovery not only avoided a turnover, but his long run helped set-up a four-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to fullback Michael Robinson that trimmed the Redskins' lead to 14-10.

Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks to battle for respect -
A 13-3 record gave the Atlanta Falcons the NFC's top seed, but they're still not considered a Super Bowl contender. That changes if Matt Ryan and Co. beat a tough Seattle Seahawks squad.

RG3 suffers knee injury in Washington Redskins' loss -
Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a right knee injury during the fourth quarter Sunday. Minutes later,

After Rough Start, Seattle Seahawks Come Back To Beat Redskins 24-14 - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Bring on Atlanta. What a great win for the Seahawks today. This game was closer than it needs to be, but a win is a win. I’ll take it. Before I get to my game notes, I want to say how impressed I am of the Seahawk’s resolve and ability to turn the game around after falling behind early. The 1st quarter was a disaster, but the Seahawks refocussed and dominated the last 45 minutes. I’m not surprised, but still impressed.

Seahawks could tell Robert Griffin III wasn't right and took full advantage | Steve Kelley | The Seattle Times
Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III was hobbled from the outset, and the Seahawks made the most of coach Mike Shanahan's decision to stick with him too long.

Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch once again the winning formula in Seattle's comeback victory | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Quarterback Russell Wilson reached the end zone first, his block opening the path Marshawn Lynch followed to the winning touchdown.

Two-minute drill: Seahawks 24, Washington 14 | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Running back Marshawn Lynch rushed for 132 yards and atoned for a third-quarter fumble at the Washington 2 by scoring the game-winning touchdown on a 27-yard run with 7:08 left in the game. Tight end Zach Miller caught four passes for 48 yards, two of his receptions resulted in third-down conversions in which Seattle needed 10 or more yards. His four catches matched his second-most in any game for the Seahawks.

Rapid Reaction: Seahawks 24, Redskins 14 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 24-14 victory over the Washington Redskins in a wild-card playoff game Sunday at FedEx Field:

Quick Take: Seahawks at Falcons - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Five things to know about the Seattle Seahawks' divisional-round playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome next week:

Thoughts on the playoffs, more Hopkins/Sutton tape " Seahawks Draft Blog
DeAndre Hopkins tape vs five teams Thanks to JMPasq for putting this together. We’ve talked a lot about DeAndre Hopkins on the blog this week and even mocked him to Seattle in round one. Here’s a compilation of his performances against Florida State, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Boston College and NC State.

Instant reaction: Seahawks win, Falcons next " Seahawks Draft Blog
This is a team that keeps making statements. Despite a lot of positive media coverage this week, the often trotted out ‘can’t win on the road’ excuse reared its ugly head again. A long 29-years of waiting for a road playoff victory will do that.

Marshawn Lynch gets Seahawks running toward Atlanta
The Seahawks had not won a playoff game on the road since 1983. Until Sunday, that is, when Marshawn Lynch’s fourth-quarter TD run gave them a 24-14 victory over the Redskins.

Seattle Seahawks are certainly for real and could be Super Bowl bound - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
In the moments after the Seattle Seahawks bullied an injured Washington offense and walked away with one of the biggest wins in team history, the Seahawks decided to rub the Redskins’ faces in their defeat.

Thiel: ‘Weird’ Wilson wires Seahawks comeback | Sportspress Northwest
"It is a little weird," said Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson. "To keep his composure in this wild environment, first playoff game for him and all . . . it’s just weird. "But Russell Wilson always does it. I’ve seen veteran, older quarterbacks crumble and crack in the same situation. Not him."

Seahawks win as a team, despite what you'll hear - Blog -
The Seattle Seahawks beat the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Yes, I know you already know that, but I want you to take that sentence literally. One complete team beat another complete team, no matter what you may hear.

Hawks' Wilson stands alone as only rookie QB left | - Sports
This was always going to be one of those once in a decade quarterback classes, even before Russell Wilson announced his arrival from what is arguably the loneliest outpost in the NFL.

Seahawks' Bradley expected to interview for Eagles job | - Sports
Gus Bradley is expected to interview for the Eagles’ coaching job this week. His Seahawks defense made quite a statement on Sunday.

How fearless, young Seahawks roared back despite early punch | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
"We took their best shot!" several players screamed.

RGIII injury; Russell Wilson; Matt Schaub; more NFL Playoffs wild-card thoughts - NFL - Don Banks -
Musings, observations and the occasional insight as the NFL's slow-starting but fast-finishing wild-card weekend fades into the distance....

Chris Clemons has torn ACL, Seattle Seahawks fear -
"It's a shame," Clemons' agent, Donal Henderson, told Rapoport. "He's worked so hard to get there." Henderson said Clemons' knee is not sore but feels "loose." Henderson said it's believed to be an ACL issue, and he blamed the "crappy" conditions at FedEx Field for contributing to the injury. Clemons was wearing 3/4-inch cleats to get footing on the sloppy turf.

Adam Schefter's post "Redskins OT Trent Williams sl..." on WhoSay
Redskins OT Trent Williams slapped Seahawks CB Richard Sherman at the end of Sunday's game and wanted to apologize publicly. He released a statement through his agent Ben Dogra of CAA Sports: "I want to take this opportunity to apologize for my actions that took place following tonight's game. It was a hard fought game between two great teams and I let my emotions get the best of me. To Richard Sherman, the Seahawks, Mr. Daniel Snyder, Coach Shanahan, Mr. Bruce Allen, my teammates, and all the fans...I am truly sorry. I feel as though I've taken many strides to be a better person this season and this is not how I wanted it to end. And for that, I apologize for my actions."

All aboard: Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks travel well - ESPN
Marshawn Lynch saved the Seattle Seahawks' season, perhaps, with a one-handed fumble recovery and 20-yard run with the loose ball Sunday. Lynch later cost the Seahawks points by fumbling near the Washington Redskins' goal line. Then, with a trip to the NFC divisional playoff round in the balance, there was Lynch again, powering over the right side for the winning 27-yard touchdown.

Seahawks find a way to win a playoff game on the road
The last time the Seahawks had won a playoff game on the road was 1983. But Sunday, down 14-0 to the Redskins, they rallied for a 24-14 victory over the Redskins in an NFC Wild Card game.

2013 NFL Playoffs - Atlanta Falcons will have a tough time slowing down Seattle Seahawks' rushing attack - ESPN
Field Yates looks at whether the Seattle Seahawks can win next weekend against the Atlanta Falcons. Seattle's rushing attack will be tough for the Falcons to stop.

Atlanta Falcons: Falcons to face white-hot Seahawks at 1 p.m. Sunday at Georgia Dome | Atlanta Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH – Coach Mike Smith, the winningest coach in team history, has the Falcons poised to make an unprecedented third straight appearance in the