Monday Round-Up: NFC Championship set vs San Francisco; Reaction to win over Saints

Posted Jan 13, 2014

A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Good morning, 12th Man.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Monday, Jan. 13 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

What's Next: NFC Championship - Seahawks vs 49ers

Don Banks of says the 49ers might be as prepared as possible to face the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field, where Seattle has gone 16-1 (regular season and postseason) since the start of 2012.

Gregg Rosenthal of has five quick thoughts surrounding Sunday's NFC West rival game in the Emerald City, "This is such a fascinating matchup because there are no secrets between the teams and because they are so similar."

Josh Katzowitz of details 10 things to ponder during this conference championship week, including, "What can be done to hurt the Seahawks secondary?" and "Can Russell Wilson get back on track?"

Terry Blount of outlines three things you should know ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Niners.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times rehashes some San Francisco reaction after their 23-10 win over the Panthers in Carolina, pointing out the 49ers have won eight games in a row overall - a stretch that includes five games on the road.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says Sunday's game is the showdown the NFL and its fans wanted to see.

Don Ruiz of the Tacoma News Tribune was in Charlotte for the Niners' win yesterday, and he says San Francisco is looking forward to a third matchup with the Seahawks.

John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune says you can thank the Houston Texans for this Seahawks-49ers rivalry.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes it's only fitting these two teams meet in the conference championship game.

Art Thiel of says it doesn't get any better than Seahawks vs 49ers for a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII.

Dennis Waszak of the Associated Press has an early preview of next weekend's matchup that will pit two former Pac-10 conference coaches against one another.

Eric Adelson of says this is not the same 49ers team that the Seahawks topped 29-3 in Week 2 at CenturyLink Field.

Brent Stecker of notes next Sunday's conference championship will be the first-ever postseason meeting between the two clubs.

Tim Lewis of KOMO 4 News has his early preview of Sunday's NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field, noting the home team has won in each of the two meetings between the Seahawks and 49ers this season.

And Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth says the Seahawks and 49ers is the postseason matchup that everyone wants to see.

What's Happened: NFC Divisional Round - Seahawks vs Saints

Jim Trotter of details running back Marshawn Lynch's 28-carry, 140-yard, two-touchdown effort against the Saints.

Doug Farrar of says if the Seahawks win a Super Bowl this February it will be on the shoulders of their defense that is, "just about impossible to deal with when firing on all cylinders."

Chris Burke of has several observations from Saturday's Seahawks win over the Saints.

Peter King of shares what we learned from the Seahawks' win over the Saints, highlighting the big days turned in by defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril.

Terry Blount of says the Seahawks keep finding ways to overcome adversity, which has been a theme for the team all season long. Blount also shares his rapid reaction following Saturday's win, noting the impressive play of the Seahawks defense.

ESPN Stats & Information says running back Marshawn Lynch's big day, limiting Saints All-Pro/Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham and keeping New Orleans screen passes in check were the keys to victory for Seattle.

Kevin Seifert of wonders if the Seahawks were too reliant on their dominating defense.

Tom Pelissero of USA Today recaps Saturday's action with postgame reaction from wide receiver Golden Tate.

Mike Silver of says the Seahawks are a force to be reckoned with, peaking when it matters most - with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

Dan Hanzus of says running back Marshawn Lynch is the heart of Seattle's offense.

Marc Sessler of highlights wide receiver Percy Harvin's day against the Saints, noting his recovery from the concussion he suffered on Saturday will be monitored heavily throughout the week.

Gregg Rosenthal of says Saturday's win over the Saints was a prime example of Seahawks football - running and defense.

Former NFL quarterback Hugh Millen breaks down two offensive plays that were key to Seattle's success against the Saints.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says running back Marshawn Lynch was the standout player in a physical contest against the Saints.

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times has his column on the play of the Seahawks defense that coach Pete Carroll described as having "no weakness" at this point of the season.

Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times recaps the relentless play of Seahawks defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril. Jenks also passes along a few quick thoughts on the good and bad to come out of Saturday's Seahawks win.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times has his game story with reaction from a satisfied Seahawks locker room that knows there is still plenty of work left to do.

Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times has reaction from the Saints' locker room after Saturday's Seahawks win.

Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times says wide receiver Percy Harvin showed promise in his return to game-action.

Jack Broom of the Seattle Times has a fan review of Saturday's action from the pregame tailgate to the final whistle.

Danny O'Neil of says Saturday's game embodied the the 2013 Seahawks for better and for worse. O'Neil also reviews Saturday's game, calling out the good, the bad, and the ugly in the Seahawks' win.

Brady Henderson of notes running back Marshawn Lynch set a Seahawks postseason record with his 140 yards on the ground.

Brent Stecker of relays comments from Saints coach Sean Payton, who says Seattle's defensive patience was what made them so hard to score against.

Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune has his game story, noting running back Marshawn Lynch topped 100 yards rushing for the first time since Week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons. Dybas also has his notebook highlighting kicker Steven Hauschka's perfect day in what Hauschka described as the worst kicking conditions he's seen at CenturyLink Field.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune says that for as good as the Seahawks defense was, next week's conference championship gives them an opportunity to push toward "legendary."

John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune looks at how the Seahawks' offensive gameplan was able to counter Saturday's inclement weather.

Christian Caple of the Tacoma News Tribune tells us how the Seahawks were able to take Saints tight end Jimmy Graham out of New Orleans' offensive equation.

Todd Milles of the Tacoma News Tribune has more on the impressive play of defensive end Michael Bennett.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald says the Seahawks are built perfectly to weather the postseason storm.

Art Thiel of breaks down "Beast Quake II" - running back Marshawn Lynch's 31-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run that iced the victory over the Saints.

Scott Sistek of KOMO 4 News says Saturday's game was the wettest ever recorded at CenturyLink Field, with 0.22 inches of rain falling at nearby Boeing Field.

Free safety Earl Thomas - a Team Jordan athlete - wore a pair of Air Jordan VI cleats against the Saints. The shoe is the same model that Michael Jordan wore when he won his first NBA title back in 1991. shares some of the best photos from divisional weekend.

Here at, I put together some Twitter reaction to Saturday's win and recapped the findings of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network's "earthquake" experiment.

Our team photographers have several snaps from Saturday's game action.

And Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth has his game story and names running back Marshawn Lynch and defensive end Michael Bennett his players of the game in his game at a glance column.

Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto