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Marshawn speaks to media, says “I don’t run to get tackled” | ProFootballTalk
Said Lynch in response to one of the questions, “I don’t run to get tackled.”

Seattle Seahawks stop New Orleans Saints again, eye Super Bowl XLVIII berth | Audibles -
Pete Carroll wants to have a balanced football team. He wants to live equally by the run and the pass, and he wants to stop those things equally in his opponents. Similarly, the Seahawks’ head coach would like to stun his team’s opponents with an equal portion of offense and defense.

PHOTO: Meet Marshawn Pinch, the Seahawks fan hermit crab -
It's a known fact that everyone in Seattle is a Seahawks fan and that doesn't just include the people in Seattle, it also includes the decapod crustaceans in the city.

Sorting the Saturday Pile: Marshawn Lynch carries Seahawks to win -
Sorting the Saturday Pile, Playoff Edition looks at the ins and outs of Seattle's 23-15 victory over New Orleans to advance to the NFC Conference Championship game.

Energy company went 'Beast Mode' to fix power outages in Seattle area -
High winds knocked out power for tens of thousands of Seattle-area residents in the area, prompting the energy company to go 'Beast Mode' to fix the problem.

Sorting the Saturday Pile: Patriots run by Colts 43-22 -
Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount broke a few franchise records as New England ran by Indianapolis 43-22 on Saturday.

Saints' mental errors stymie comeback vs. Seahawks -
The New Orleans Saints had a golden opportunity to complete a road comeback but a terrible sequence by Drew Brees and Sean Payton short-circuited the final drive of the game.

Marshawn Lynch goes 'Beast Mode 2' for Seahawks -
The Seattle Seahawks' passing game couldn't get anything going Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Luckily, Marshawn Lynch was on the field, delivering the results he does so often.

Seahawks ride the Beast, beat Saints 23-15 | - Sports
Marshawn Lynch overpowered the New Orleans Saints in the postseason — again.

Quick-hit observations from the Seahawks’ locker room after New Orleans win | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
“I think I’ve been underrated my whole life,” Bennett said. “But this is what keeps me going, honestly, just being able to go out there and know that I am a good player and whatever they think, it doesn’t even matter.”

Jimmy Graham on limited production, pregame altercation | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Jimmy Graham made news before Saturday’s NFL Divisional playoff game between the Seahawks and Saints even started.

Seahawks fans shake it up again, say seismologists | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seismologists say measurements after Marshawn Lynch’s clinching touchdown Saturday likely were greater than from his Beast Quake run three years ago. They’ll know for sure in a few days.

Seattle Seahawks find a way, as they always do - ESPN
The wind was howling and the rain was pouring. The game was close. And explosive receiver Percy Harvin was out after the first half.

Percy Harvin roughed up in return to Seahawks -
Percy Harvin's long-awaited return was short-lived.

Saints' offense meets its match in Seahawks ... again -
They said not to expect the same game when the Saints rolled into CenturyLink Field for the second time this season.

Seahawks in title game after another nail-biting win -
OK, Seattle, you can exhale now.

NFL Prospect Focus: LSU Offense | National Football Post
LSU has sent a number of offensive players to the NFL. Who do they have this year?

Seahawks' Irvin details altercation with Saints' Graham
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham wasn't in the mood to talk about his pregame altercation with Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin after Saturday's season-ending divisional playoff loss.

Instant reaction: Seahawks win, one game from the Super Bowl | Seahawks Draft Blog
Well, nobody said it’d be easy. For three quarters, it kind of was.

Seahawks 'right at the edge' of Super Bowl berth
"God, I hope they don't find a way to score," Tate recalled in the locker room after the Seahawks held on for a 23-15 victory, vaulting them into next weekend's NFC Championship game.

Seahawks win because they were tougher than Saints | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
Marshawn Lynch epitomized a tough Seahawks team that was too much, again, for the Saints. It was closer than their easy win over New Orleans in December, but the 23-15 win moves Seattle into the NFC title game.

Beastquake, the sequel, sends Seahawks ahead | Sportspress Northwest
Beast to the rescue as wind beat down passing game and the defense beat down the Saints. But enough was done poorly to prompt a serious week before NFC title game.

Going 0-for-Seattle dooms New Orleans Saints' 2013 season - ESPN
The story of the New Orleans Saints' 2013 season can be told in one succinct sentence: They couldn't win at Seattle.

Seahawks silence Jimmy Graham, then rip him - ESPN
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham and the Seattle Seahawks got into a couple of shouting matches before Saturday's playoff game. But the Seahawks got the last word, holding Graham to one catch for eight yards in the final seconds of a 23-15 victory.

What we learned: Blount leads way for New England -
The Patriots stand one win away from the Super Bowl, and LeGarrette Blount is the new face of this ever-evolving team. What else did we learn from Saturday's Divisional Round Weekend games?

With Everything Set for Super Bowl Run, Seahawks Need Russell Wilson to Step Up | Bleacher Report
After a late-game scare, thanks in large part to All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, the Seattle Seahawks are heading to their first NFC Championship Game since the 2005 season.

Defense isn’t perfect, but good enough to stop Saints | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times
After the game, some of the Seahawks defensive players talked about plays they should have made but didn’t. But in the end, they did plenty to beat the New Orleans Saints and advance to the NFC title game.

Concussion clouds status of 'poor kid' Percy Harvin for NFC Championship Game
"The poor kid," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after the game, a 23-15 victory over the New Orleans Saints. "He finally gets to play, and he banged his head against the turf really hard. He was OK the first time, but the second one really rocked him."

Seahawks Rumble Past Saints, 23-15 - ABC News
When he got around the edge, there was no one for Marshawn Lynch to hit. Directly ahead was open field, the end zone and the Seattle Seahawks' place in the NFC championship game.

Jimmy Graham gets into pregame fight with Seattle Seahawks players | Audibles -
Apparently, the 34-7 beatdown that the Seattle Seahawks put on the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 1 still rubs at least one Saints player a bit raw. More than two hours before the kickoff of the divisional rematch between the two teams at CenturyLink Field, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham became involved in a verbal altercation with various Seahawks players on the field.

Tennessee Titans owner Tommy Smith 'smitten' with Seattle Seahawks; Dan Quinn likely finalist for head coach - ESPN
Titans owner Tommy Smith is so "smitten" with the Seahawks' organization that Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is expected to be a finalist for Tennessee's head-coaching vacancy, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Rapid Reaction: Seattle Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
A few thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 23-15 victory over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC divisional-round playoff game at CenturyLink Field:

Seahawks’ Bruce Irvin, Saints’ Jimmy Graham jaw before game - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Today’s NFC divisional playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints promises to be a spirited affair. The intensity of the matchup even spilled over into pregame warmups, where Saints All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham and Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin had to be separated while exchanging verbal barbs.

Tempers flare in pregame between Jimmy Graham and Seahawks | FOX Sports on MSN
Jimmy Graham appeared to talk a big game before Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff clash between the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks. The Saints tight end then was held to one catch for 8 yards.

Saints try tough act with Seahawks, pay playoff-life price in Seattle -
The Saints, behind Drew Brees and a sweet passing attack, go into Seattle and get tough with the rugged Seahawks. Bad move, and New Orleans suffers the season-ending consequence.

Seahawks beat Saints, 23-15, to reach NFC championship - CBS News
Marshawn Lynch overpowered the New Orleans Saints in the postseason - again.

Marshawn Lynch makes loud statement in Seahawks' win over Saints - NFL - Jim Trotter -
Marshawn Lynch knew he'd play a prominent role in the Seahawks' 23-15 victory over the Saints long before he got to the stadium Saturday. When he awoke in the morning, the rain was heavy enough to flood streets and the wind was strong enough to knock out power in parts of the city.

Michael Bennett calls Jimmy Graham 'soft,' 'overrated' -
Jimmy Graham had words for the Seahawks before the game, and the Seahawks had some words for him afterward.

2014 Shrine Game: Top-10 prospects to watch -
The 89th East-West Shrine Game will showcase several prospects who will be drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft

Division Preview: San Francisco at Carolina
At least 400 total yards were gained in every game this season. When Nick Foles threw 7 touchdowns against the Raiders, Oakland actually out-gained Philadelphia, and the two teams combined for a season-high 1,102 yards that day. On the other end of the spectrum was San Francisco/Carolina I, when the two teams combined for just 401 yards. That first game was essentially the NFL’s version of LSU/Alabama, and I don’t think the rematch will be very different.