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Photo Gallery - Seahawks vs Saints
Seahawks improved to 11-1 by topping the Saints 34-7 on Monday at CenturyLink Field.

Saints’ plane breaks down in Seattle, leaving team stranded an extra night | Black and Gold
When the Saints got blown out 34-7 on the road by the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night, it wasn’t the only time they failed to take off. Their plane broke down and couldn’t leave the Emerald City, meaning the team had to spend an extra night in Seattle. Shortly after word broke, Saints safety Rafael Bush got on Twitter and wrote, “This night couldn’t get any worse.”

Richard Sherman Decked Kenny Stills With This Cheap Shot in the End Zone | The Big Lead
Richard Sherman, one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, had to resort to a dirty, low-rent play against the Saints on Monday Night Football. For no reason, Sherman just leveled an unsuspecting Kenny Stills in the end zone on this play in the red zone. Stills liked to run his mouth at Oklahoma, and Sherman is a legendary trash talker, so the Saints receiver probably said something and Sherman snapped. Two plays later, Jimmy Graham caught a touchdown pass to draw the Saints within 17-7.

Richard Sherman, cheap shot artist | ProFootballTalk
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is better at life than Skip Bayless. Sherman is better at delivering cheap shots, too.

Seattle Seahawks thump New Orleans Saints, take control of NFC | The MMQB with Peter King
The Seahawks are a very good football team, maybe the best in the NFL, as Monday night's surprise shellacking of the Saints suggests. But it's not all Russell Wilsons and Marshawn Lynches in Seattle, where backups keep leading the way

What we learned Monday: Saints down, but not out -
The road to the Super Bowl will almost certainly run through the Emerald City after the Seattle Seahawks put an indelible 34-7 stamp on the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. Sports fans don't typically embrace blowouts, but even casual observers could appreciate the Seahawks' near perfect performance against the game of football.

Seahawks make statement with convincing win vs. Saints
What a statement. And when it was over on Monday night, after the Seattle Seahawks dismantled the team that Sean Payton and Drew Brees represent, 34-7, they merely walked off the field like a team expecting a lot more.

Seahawks Beat Saints 34-7 to Clinch Playoff Spot - ABC News
A couple thousand Seahawks fans were crowded in front of the television stage when Russell Wilson walked out of the locker room still in full uniform. Instantly, the chant started. "MVP! MVP!"

Jumping fans register a magnitude 1 or 2 quake during Seahawks TD fumble return | The Today File | Seattle Times
Seahawks fans jumping up and down during Monday night’s 22-yard Michael Bennett fumble return for a touchdown registered about a magnitude 1 or 2 earthquake.

Instant reaction: Seahawks destroy Saints, reach 11-1 | Seahawks Draft Blog
What a truly satisfying night of football. There’s been a lot of talk this week. Brandon Browner’s suspension. Walter Thurmond’s suspension. Percy Harvin’s injury status.

Seahawks trounce Saints with ground-shaking crowd noise and a dominant performance | Audibles -
The last time the New Orleans Saints came to CenturyLink Field, they lost 41-36 to a 7-9 Seattle Seahawks team in the wild-card round of the 2010 playoffs. In that game, running back Marshawn Lynch pulled off a 67-yard touchdown run that got the local fans hopped up enough to create a seismic event. With 3:22 left in the game. Lynch bounced off what seemed like the entire New Orleans defense, the “Beastquake” nickname was born, and the home-field advantage at CenturyLink grew in stature.

Saints stranded in Seattle after plane breaks down | ProFootballTalk
A bad night for the New Orleans Saints has gotten even worse.

In the playoffs, but far from satisfied
In a highly anticipated matchup of the teams with the best records in the NFC, the Seahawks played like the best team in the NFL during an impressive 34-7 romp over the Saints at CenturyLink Field.

Seahawks dispatch Saints in impressive fashion
The Seahawks became the first NFL team to clinch a playoff berth, and ran their record to a best-in-the-league 11-1, with an impressive 34-7 romp over the Saints on Monday night at CenturyLink Field.

Seahawks make a statement with big win over Saints -
"We made them look normal," said safety Earl Thomas. Such a simple sentence. Such a monumental statement.

Game in Review: Seahawks 34, Saints 7 -
What was supposed to be a showdown between two conference heavyweights became a showcase for the Seahawks.

Nothing can slow down these Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
The arguments are over. The debates have ended. The Seahawks made a statement Monday night. The message was loud and proud. They are the best of the best.

Seattle Seahawks fans set stadium noise record - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks' fans have set a noise record for the loudest outdoor sports stadium, taking back a mark they achieved earlier this season.

Keys to victory: Saints 34, Seahawks 7 - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
What were the biggest keys to the Seattle Seahawks' rout of the New Orleans Saints 34-7 on "Monday Night Football"?

Rapid Reaction: Seattle Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
A few thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 34-7 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night at CenturyLink Field:

Post-game notes | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here are a bunch of post-game notes on Seattle’s win over the Saints tonight:

Thiel: Seahawks make them the ‘Aints again | Sportspress Northwest
Starting with the Saints’ first play, the Seahawks applied a beatdown — supplemented by an audio riot — that was done early and thoroughly.

Seahawks make a statement with win over Saints | - Sports
On a week when the Seattle Seahawks were supposed to be distracted, when the suspension cloud was supposed to again be hanging over a franchise that has otherwise had so much going well for it, Russell Wilson sent his coach a text.

Seahawks' Depth Proving to Be Ultimate Difference-Maker for Seattle | Bleacher Report
By now, we all know how destructive of a team the Seattle Seahawks are. They not only have the best record in football, but they are the first team in the NFL to clinch a playoff berth in 2013...

Seattle Seahawks' Season Setting Up Perfectly for Deep Playoff Run | Bleacher Report
Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

What we learned Monday: Saints down, but not out -
The Saints were outclassed by the Seahawks in every way on Monday. What does recent history tell us about the chances of Sean Payton and Drew Brees bouncing back from a December blowout?

Seattle Seahawks control NFC with win over Saints -
The road to the Super Bowl in the NFC appears to be headed through Seattle. The Seahawks sent a message Monday night with a resounding beating of the New Orleans Saints.

Percy Harvin out for 'MNF,' possibly out until playoffs -
Percy Harvin was declared inactive for the Seattle Seahawks' Monday night showdown with the New Orleans Saints. Ian Rapoport reports the 'Hawks will consider holding Harvin out until the postseason.

Vernon Davis proposes rule change after painful tackle -
San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis took to Twitter to propose a rule change following a painful tackle in which he was dragged down by the ... c'mon, you've seen the video by now.

Gabriel: Weekend review | National Football Post
NFP's Director of Scouting gives his thoughts on the weekend's action

Monday Morning MD | National Football Post
Should Thursday games continue in the Safety Era?

Chip Kelly: Nick Foles QB for next 1,000 years | National Football Post
"He's the starting quarterback for the next 1,000 years here," Kelly said, via

2013 NFL Grades, Week 13: Road to the Super Bowl goes through Seattle -
Full grades for every single team from 2013's NFL Week 13. The Seahawks are pretty good huh?

NFL Week 14 Picks: Seahawks over 49ers, Bears beat Cowboys -
The Seahawks might never lose again. Also, the Bears need a win in Week 14, a win they're going to get on Monday night against the Cowboys.

Updated NFL Draft order: Week 13 -
With four weeks remaining in the NFL regular season, the order for the 2014 NFL Draft is starting to take shape

2014 NFL Draft: Week 14 Stock Report -
A look at NFL prospects who helped themselves this past weekend and a few who might have hurt themselves.

Aaron Rodgers injury: Green Bay Packers considering shutting down QB? | Audibles -
Here’s the latest on the NFL’s most prominent injuries. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers (collarbone): Green Bay has posted an 0-4-1 record in five games without Rodgers, though that slump has not been enough to knock them totally out of the NFC North race.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Audibles at the Line: Week 13
This year, we have a new format for our Monday morning feature Audibles at the Line, combining our Twitter feeds with our e-mail discussion. First, we're replacing our usual back-and-forth with some longer-form dissection of each game that at least one of us watches in depth. Second, every game that we find time for will also have a selection of tweets from us and a few reader tweets we found particularly insightful. To follow these tweets live on Sunday, or to contribute your own thoughts or a question for the FO staff, you can use hashtag #foaud. We discussed the new format in this post.

49ers take care of Rams, turn attention to Seahawks - San Jose Mercury News
Send in the Seahawks? Yes, send in the Seahawks. Once the 49ers defeated the St. Louis Rams 23-13 Sunday, their full attention shifted to Candlestick Park's next visitor: NFC West-leading Seattle.

49ers Blog and Q&A: Film review: 49ers' o-line shuffle; Boldin and Janoris Jenkins' history; Dunbar penalized ... a year too late
Before Sunday, Joe Looney's regular-season NFL experience amounted to three kneel-down snaps at the end of Week 12's game against the Redskins. Against the Rams, the former fourth-round pick played 60 snaps at right guard, 90 percent of the offensive plays.