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Stop Bitching and Adapt: A Celebration of the Seahawks Defense «
You can hate Richard Sherman, you can hate the 12th Man and the stupid noise meter that shows up on every Seahawks broadcast, you can say they’re all on PEDs, and you can say they get away with more pass interference than anyone in football.

Who’s Laughing Now? «
Pete Carroll used to be a joke; now he's on the brink of a Super Bowl berth thanks to his defensive mastery

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll finds success, his way | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Even when he was considered too soft and laid back for the NFL, Pete Carroll never stopped believing that his way would work.

Richard Sherman: Byron Maxwell keys Seattle Seahawks' NFC title hopes | The MMQB with Peter King
'Next man up' might be an overused sports cliché, but it's also the reason my Seahawks are going to beat the 49ers. Meet my defensive backfield partner Byron Maxwell, whose strong play has us on the brink of Super Bowl XLVIII

No time for Pete Carroll, Seahawks to be conservative | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll shouldn’t be afraid to let quarterback Russell Wilson loose in the NFC title game against the 49ers.

Seahawks’ Russell Wilson: long hair, short memory, new challenge | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson needs to do more if his team is to beat the San Francisco 49ers, but he also needs to relax and play loose.

Collision between Seahawks and 49ers seemed inevitable | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times
A trip to the Super Bowl would be sweet for the Seahawks and their fans. But getting there with a victory over their hated rival, the 49ers? That’s as good as it gets.

Roddy White: Seattle Seahawks are 'front-runners' -
"The funny part is he talks through hand signals and gestures," White told NFL Media's Dave Dameshek on Tuesday. "Not really too much in the game, unless he makes a play. Other than that, he doesn't really say a lot. The Seahawks -- not to say anything bad about them -- they're front-runners. ... When they're winning and everything's going good, they jump around. They yell and scream. But when they're not winning, then there's not too much of that going on."

After Further Review: 49ers, Hawks try to neuter aggressive defenses -
Points could be hard to come by in the NFC title game, so the 49ers and Seahawks will try to use each other's aggression to their advantage.

NFC Championship Game preview: 49ers-Seahawks -
The 49ers have the NFL's longest active winning streak at eight games. They arguably are the NFL's most complete team, with the most victories and the stingiest defense since Week 4. The offense has hit its stride over the last five games, scoring at least 23 points each week and turning the ball over just one time. Jim Harbaugh's squad is also the best road team in the league (8-2 combined regular-season and playoff record).

Jim Harbaugh says 49ers' Frank Gore is a mystical man -
"I think he is a mystical man. I think he sees things that we don't, I don't, we don't see."

Seahawks notebook: No practice for Percy Harvin -
Percy Harvin didn't practice Thursday, still not cleared to return after sustaining a concussion last weekend against New Orleans.

Harvin won’t practice Thursday, status for Sunday remains uncertain | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The news on Percy Harvin today was no better than it was Wednesday.

Kicker Steven Hauschka has figured it out with Seahawks | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Steven Hauschka, a former college soccer player, was cut by five NFL teams before the Seahawks picked him up before the 2011 season. Hauschka was not discouraged by those earlier failures and has thrived with the Seahawks.

Without Improved OL Play, Marshawn Lynch Won't Shine in NFC Championship Game | Bleacher Report
ke no mistake about it, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has put together a career year. In 16 regular-season games, he amassed 1,257 yards rushing, averaged 4.2 yards a carry and scored 12 touchdowns. Furthermore, he garnered 752 yards after contact and forced 75 missed tackles.

Seahawks look to feed off Marshawn Lynch | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times
Marshawn Lynch’s relentless, punishing running style is the essence of the Seahawks, who hope to feed off Beast Mode all the way to the Super Bowl.

Pete Carroll on his relationship with Jim Harbaugh; plus updates on Harvin and Wright | - Seattle Sidelines
Pete Carroll, as he often is, was asked about his relationship with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and their alleged bad blood, which stems back 2009 when Harbaugh's Stanford Cardinal blew out Carroll's USC Trojans, and decided to go for a two-point conversion late in the game. That led to the famous "what's your deal?" postgame handshake, but since the two have taken over rival teams in the NFL, both continue to downplay the idea that there's animosity between the two.

Marshawn Lynch of Seattle Seahawks top challenge for San Francisco 49ers in NFC Championship Game - ESPN
"Marshawn Lynch," Niners safety Donte Whitner said. "You have to take him away. Like he said, he doesn't run to get tackled. He's one of the best backs in the National Football League, very rough style. We have to take him away and make the quarterback beat us.

Darrell Bevell has a simple message for Russell Wilson - ESPN
“We want him to be himself,” Bevell said. “We don’t need to build it up any different than it is. It’s just 60 more minutes for us to play, and we want Russell to play exactly the way he plays each and every day. “He’s not going to work harder and he’s not going to play harder. He’s at full tilt all the time. He’s here [at the Seahawks facility] all the time. He works hard at it, so we just want him to be himself.”

Why Seahawks, 49ers fans should embrace victory & defeat | Seahawks Draft Blog
No doubt most of you will be coming together this Sunday in your living rooms to see if the Seahawks can punch their ticket to the team’s second Super Bowl appearance in history. Do you have everything you need for the biggest game of the year so far? Beer? Check! Pizza? Check! An ungodly amount of chips and pretzels? You bet!

Seahawks DB Richard Sherman calls former NY Giants OC Kevin Gilbride ‘bitter’ - NY Daily News
'I think he’s a guy that’s a little bit bitter, and his team didn’t score,' Sherman said, recalling the Seahawks’ 23-0 shutout at MetLife Stadium last month.

How the Seahawks' defense eliminated New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham: Film Study |
Jimmy Graham started with a bang before the NFC divisional playoff game, getting into an altercation with Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin. But the New Orleans Saints' tight end didn't show up again until 24 seconds remained in the Saints' 23-15 loss.

Niners-Seahawks rivalry: We hate each other because we're so alike - San Jose Mercury News
The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks are two powerful football teams that represent glittery cities crazy about high-end coffee, West Coast cuisine and high-tech. So what's all the hate about?

Can Seahawks, 49ers keep poise, avoid penalties? | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks and 49ers like to do a lot of talking after the whistle. A key in Sunday’s NFC title game could be which team will stay calm and refuse to be baited into personal-foul penalties.

Notes from NFL Divisional Round Games | NFL Philosophy
I want Jermaine Kearse on my team, and if I were a GM, I’d be paying attention to what the Seahawks do with RFA Doug Baldwin and UFA Golden Tate. If Seattle keeps both Baldwin and Tate, I’d make a call to them asking what they’d want for Kearse. He’s a terrific route runner with solid hands, but what I love about Kearse is his run blocking. It’s something I’ve noticed all season in his limited snaps but it really shined against the Saints.

Cap Space Versus Production For DEN/NE/SF/SEA
It’s not much of a stretch to say that the Patriots, Broncos, 49ers, and Seahawks, and are four of the best organizations in the NFL. Over the last two years, these four teams are the only to win 23 games in the regular season or 26 games if you include the playoffs. In the salary cap era, being an excellent team means managing the salary cap well. And, broadly speaking, managing the cap well means finding good values for cheap and making sure the players you spend a premium on deliver commensurate production.

Picking winners for Championship Sunday -
The Broncos, Patriots, Seahawks and 49ers will all fight for a spot in the Super Bowl on Sunday. Find out who the Around The League crew picked in the two games on Championship Sunday.

Pete Carroll on his relationship with Jim Harbaugh; plus updates on Harvin and Wright | - Seattle Sidelines
Pete Carroll, as he often is, was asked about his relationship with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and their alleged bad blood, which stems back 2009 when Harbaugh's Stanford Cardinal blew out Carroll's USC Trojans, and decided to go for a two-point conversion late in the game. That led to the famous "what's your deal?" postgame handshake, but since the two have taken over rival teams in the NFL, both continue to downplay the idea that there's animosity between the two.

RENTON: Dave Boling: To know Marshawn Lynch is to watch him play | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Soft-spoken Seahawks running back does most of his talking with his hard-nosed running style

'Sound FX': Saints vs. Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks defeated the New Orleans Saints 23-15 in the divisional round of the playoffs. Get an inside look at all the best sights and sounds from the game.

Pantsform: Jim Harbaugh's pants, reviewed -
Spencer Hall found Jim Harbaugh's Victory Khakis (around $10 at Walmart) and took them for a test drive. How'd they hold up?

City mags in S.F., Seattle trash-tweet ahead of Niners-Seahawks game - San Francisco Business Times
Who says journalists are objective? With anticipation of Sunday's 49ers vs. Seahawks game reaching new highs, the scribes at San Francisco magazine engaged in a bare-knuckles Twitter brawl with their counterparts at Seattle magazine.

49ers legend Joe Montana’s wife, jewelry designer, partners with Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
You’d think the wife of legendary San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana would perhaps choose a 49er to partner with for her newest jewelry project.

Seahawks WRs don't mind the lack of respect or attention, content to let play speak for them |
Jermaine Kearse had to stop and think about it for a second. He tried counting them off without looking but there were too many, and he didn’t want to shortchange anyone by forgetting them Wednesday. So the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver stood up, faced the bank of lockers in the team’s training facility and took inventory.

Sidney Rice: NFL free agents want to play for Seahawks -
"When I first arrived, we never really got any respect over here, and we felt like people kind of ignored us," wide receiver Sidney Rice said this week, via NFL Media columnist Michael Silver. "As you see now, more and more people are coming in this direction ... It's basically word of mouth. This is where you want to be. And when guys get here, they always end up asking, 'Why didn't I come here earlier?' And then they never want to leave."

Phone Tap PODCAST: 49ers Fan Tickets Revoked | The NEW MOViN 92.5 - - All The Hits!
Jubal pretends to be from the Seahawks ticketing office and calls a 49ers fan to tell them that she won't be allowed into Century Link field for the NFC Championship Game... That is, UNLESS she does EXACTLY what Jubal says. Listen to her freak out in the PHONE TAP!

The Notebook: Lessons from the Panthers' loss to the 49ers -
Beating the 49ers defense requires a top notch game plan from an offense. The Panthers didn't have that. Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White takes a closer look.

Shrine Game Winners: Day 3
St. Petersburg, FL -- Wednesday was the final day of full-pads practice as the East and West squads prepare for Saturday's contest. It was also the first time both teams participated in full contact drills on the same day. The majority of the stars from this day of practice were found on the defensive side of the ball.

Boldin takes Moss' role, gives 49ers a second No. 1 WR | CSN Bay Area
A year ago at this time, the 49ers’ No. 2 wide receiver was Randy Moss. In 2011, Kyle Williams served that role in the NFC Championship game.

AFC Championship: Matchups to watch - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will get the headlines leading up to Sunday’s AFC Championship game, but in the Week 12 meeting between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos, the teams combined for 396 rushing yards.

Kaepernick, Wilson haven't brought out each other's best - SFGate
In three career starts against the Seahawks, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has thrown two touchdowns, five interceptions and posted an anemic passer rating of 53.4.

Person of Interest: 49ers' Frank Gore -
Taking a closer look at three players who figure to factor heavily into Sunday's NFC title game between the Seahawks and 49ers, beginning with San Francisco's Frank Gore:

The All-22: Keys to victory in the conference championships | Audibles -
And then there were four. On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots will find out who will have the honor of playing in Super Bowl XLVIII. Key performances are more important than ever, and schemes must be as tight as they've ever been.

Les Snead says St. Louis Rams don't need No. 1 receiver -
The Rams haven't had a wide receiver cross the 700-yard mark since Torry Holt did the deed in '08, but GM Les Snead doesn't believe St. Louis needs to shop for a No. 1 pass-catcher this offseason.

Perrish Cox says neither Seahawks or 49ers asked for intel on other | ProFootballTalk
“Little does anyone know is neither team ever came to me to ask about anything about the other team,” Cox said, via Ross Jones of “It was more of me being focused on my playbook and trying to get stuff done in a short period of time that I was there and learning a whole new playbook is very, very difficult.”

Bell: Joe Montana has some advice for 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick
"I think they've got a great opportunity to get back and even win it," he said. "I like their chances with (wideout Michael) Crabtree back. Now they just need to feed the ball to (tailback Frank) Gore a little more — if he doesn't take himself out of the game."

Ahmad Brooks said his flying leap was by design | ProFootballTalk
“I told him that if the ball got inside the 1 that he had to be ready for the quarterback sneak, and that’s what he was anticipating and he jumped the gun a little bit,” defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. “I told him if the quarterback goes up high, you’ve got to go up with him.”

NFL Playoff Preview: Anquan Boldin will key the 49ers' attack | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
Sunday's NFC championship will be the matchup we've all been expecting since the start of the season, with the absence of a few short weeks early on when we thought the Saints were going to be Seattle's main rival. Everything we've seen in the NFC has led to this point, and while Seattle remains the favorite, no team is entering this weekend with a stronger body of recent work than the 49ers.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Film Room: LeGarrette Blount and Montee Ball
It's Peyton Manning versus Tom Brady again. A clash between two giants on one of the biggest stages the NFL can boast. Of course, it's not really that at all.

Patriots, Broncos excel at running pick plays, which are mostly legal | The MMQB with Peter King
At several points during Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, fans undoubtedly will scream or tweet some version of the following statement: “That was a pick play!” No team incorporates picks or rub routes into its offense more than the Broncos and Patriots.

NFL financial talk on playoff pay, concussion settlement, QB contracts | The MMQB with Peter King
We have reached the time of year where the business of the NFL exists in a state of limbo, sandwiched between the end of the 2013 season and the start of the 2014 league year, beginning in March. The 20 teams that played their last game on Dec.

AFC Championship Game is a case study of how NFL defenses are evolving | The MMQB with Peter King
The days of strong safeties lining up receivers over the middle and delivering knockout hits are over. But that’s not the only reason why zone concepts are being replaced by man coverage. The AFC Championship Game is a case study of how NFL defenses are evolving

NFL concussion protocol: League could fine players for violating policy | Audibles -
If an airline decided to sue its passengers after they were involved in various plane crashes, or a tobacco company thought that it would be nifty to extract some sort of financial penalty from its consumers after those consumers developed cancer, it would be no less vile than what the NFL appea...

Big Board: Underclassmen, especially QBs, make draft class deep - NFL, NFLDRAFT - -
An influx of underclass talent, including Jadeveon Clowney and four of the top five players, make the 2014 class deeper and better than 2013.

Championship Game Rankings: It doesn't get any better than this -
No flukes here. Just the best four teams renewing fierce rivalries -- Brady vs. Manning, Harbaugh vs. Carroll -- with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

NFL Picks - Straight Up - Week 20 -'s host of NFL experts provides expert picks, grades and analysis for each game during the season.