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Monday in Hawkville: NFL postseason off to an entertaining start
Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and tight end Luke Willson competed in a game of the newly-released 'Madden 17' on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at the Microsoft Store in Bellevue Square. The winner took home $5,000 to a charity of their choice and the event helped promote the new Surface Pro 4 NFL Special Edition Type Cover. View
A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Jan. 6, when the players returned from having their playoff bye weekend off to begin preparing for Saturday’s divisional game against the New Orleans Saints at CenturyLink Field: Read
WORD OF THE DAY: COOL
That was coach Pete Carroll’s assessment of the four wild-card playoff games over the weekend, when the NFC games were decided on final-play field goals (Saints over Eagles and 49ers over Packers) and the AFC games featured second-half comebacks (Chargers over Bengals and Colts over Chiefs).
“It was a fantastic weekend,” Carroll said. “The games were extraordinary. And the performance level of the quarterbacks, I thought, across the board was really, really exciting to see. Guys coming through. You saw the hometown comebacks and you saw the road teams kick it.
“It was really a cool weekend of football, I thought.” Read
|YOU DON'T SAY
“We start all over again. It has nothing to do with what happened before. We don’t care about that.”
Coach Pete Carroll, on preparing for Saturday’s playoff game against the Saints after the Seahawks beat them 34-7 in Week 13 Read
The hometown comeback was fashioned by the Colts (45-44) and second-year QB Andrew Luck (29 of 45 for 443 yards, with four touchdowns and three interceptions). The road teams that kicked it were the Saints (26-24) and veteran QB Drew Brees (20 of 30 for 250 yards with one TD and two interceptions); the Chargers (27-10) and veteran QB Philip Rivers (12 of 16 for 128 yards and a TD); and the 49ers (23-20) and third-year QB Colin Kaepernick (16 of 30 for 227 yards with a TD and an interception).
But the quarterbacks for the losing teams, for the most part, also put up numbers that could have given their teams victories: the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers (17 of 26 for 177 yards and a TD); the Eagles’ Nick Foles (23 of 33 for 195 yards and two TDs); the Chiefs’ Alex Smith (30 of 46 for 378 yards and four TDs); and the Bengals’ Andy Dalton (29 of 51 for 334 yards with one TD and two interceptions).
“I really was impressed with the quarterback play,” Carroll said. “I thought those guys came through in so many situations and really lived up to the moments. It was exciting.”
STATS ’N STUFF: RUSSELL WILSON, RECORD-SETTER
|STAT DU JOUR: MARSHAWN LYNCH CAME CLOSEST TO 100 AGAINST 49ERS|
The San Francisco 49ers have not allowed an individual 100-yard rusher this season, but the Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch got as close as anyone, and closer than most. The top rushing-yard performances against the 49ers: Read
Speaking of Russell Wilson, the Seahawks’ second-year QB continued to do his thing this season.
His two-season passer rating of 100.6 is a career-best for Seahawks quarterbacks with a least 500 attempts, ahead of Seneca Wallace (83.1 from 2003-09); Dave Krieg (82.3 from 1980-91); and Matt Hasselbeck (82.2 from 2001-10).
His 101.2 rating this season broke his mark from last season (100.0), which broke Hasselbeck’s mark (98.2) from 2005.
His career completion percentage (.636) tops those of Hasselbeck (.602) and Wallace (.598).
His career average gain (8.09, 800 attempts for 6,475 yards) tops those of Krieg (7.31, 3,576 for 26,132) and Trent Dilfer (7.19, 365 for 2,560 from 2001-04).
His career TD percentage (.650, 52 in 800 attempts) tops those of Krieg (.545, 195 in 3,576) and Warren Moon (.458, 36 in 786 in 1997-98).
His career interception percentage (.238, 19 in 800 attempts) tops those of Wallace (.252, 14 In 556) and John Friesz (.288, 12 in 416 from 1995-98). Read
UP NEXT: “COMPETITION WEDNESDAY” ON TUESDAY
Because this week’s game is on Saturday, everything on the Carroll calendar is moved up a day. The players will begin practicing on Tuesday, which will be “Competition Wednesday.” That will be followed by “Turnover Thursday” on Wednesday and “No Repeat Friday” on Thursday.
The Saturday walkthrough will be held on Friday. Read