Good morning, 12th Man. The playoff field is set, and your Seahawks are No. 1 in the NFC.
Here's a look at what's "out there" about the Seahawks for today - Monday, December 30 - one day after the team's 27-9 NFC West-clinching victory over the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field.
Terry Blount of ESPN.com says a level-headed Seahawks squad showed up just in time to emerge as division champions over the Rams. Blount also has the stock of Seattle's rush-defense on the rise in his "Rapid Reaction" review, as the unit gave up just 13 yards on the day - tying the franchise-record for a single-game low.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times has his game story, noting the Seahawks took it personal when the Rams piled up 200 rushing yards on them in Week 8.
Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times looks at how Seahawks linebackers set the tone for Sunday's defensive performance against the run. Jenks also showcases wide receiver Golden Tate's eight-catch, 129-yard, 1-TD day.
Larry Stone of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks showed "Championship Poise" on Sunday against a Rams team that lost their cool.
Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times has reaction from the Rams locker room following yesterday's defeat.
Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com reviews Sunday's action, naming wide receiver Golden Tate his player of the game. O'Neil also provides divisional-round playoff scenarios for the Seahawks and says the team's biggest question mark moving forward is whether or not they have enough offense.
Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com has his notebook from Sunday's game, highlighting wide receiver Golden Tate's career day.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald says the Seahawks may not have been the best version of themselves on Sunday, but they were the truest version. Boyle also has an update on rookie tight end Luke Willson, who was carted off the field during Sunday's game with what head coach Pete Carroll called a high-ankle sprain. And as the NFC's No. 1 seed, Boyle notes the Seahawks will play either the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, or New Orleans Saints on January 11, 2014 at CenturyLink Field.
David Krueger of the Everett Herald looks at wide receiver Golden Tate's big day. Krueger also notes the Seahawks were able to keep their cool while the Rams were losing theirs in Sunday's NFC West rivalry game.
Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune recaps Sunday's action in his game story.
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune says this year's NFC West championship was built one game at a time.
John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune details how the Seahawks were able to ignore the noise during yesterday's chippy competition with the Rams.
Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com says for the Seahawks, owning the NFC West and claiming home-field advantage throughout the playoffs is what it's all about.
Steve Rudman of SportsPressNW.com has his take on a championship Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
Joel Moreno of KOMO 4 News looks at what home playoff games will mean for the local economy.
Mike Coppinger of NFL.com has six things we learned from Sunday's Seahawks win.
Chris Wesseling of NFL.com offers early previews of the wild-card matchups around the League.
John Clayton of ESPN.com asks and answers 10 questions he deems worth a look ahead of the NFC playoffs.
For a look beyond this season, Mike Sando of ESPN.com says the Seahawks are the NFL's No. 1 best-positioned team to find success in 2014. It's an Insider feature, but here's a bit of what Sando had to say about the Seahawks, "General manager John Schneider has arguably done the best job of any GM in the league since taking over in 2010. Draft choices Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman, Russell Okung and Wilson have already become Pro Bowlers at high-impact positions. The Seahawks famously made 284 transactions in Schneider's first season, churning the bottom of the roster to improve the personnel. Schneider acquired Marshawn Lynch for two midround picks. He was also the driving force behind the team’s decision to select Wilson in the third round of the 2012 draft.
Thanks to those and other moves, including the bargain signings of free-agent defensive linemen Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett this past offseason, the Seahawks matched Denver for the best record in the NFL. They should return next season largely intact. One key variable will be whether Percy Harvin can return and contribute at a high level. The Seahawks didn't need him to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs this season, but their personnel issues at receiver caught up to them late in the year. Teams equipped to take away Golden Tate put Wilson in a bind."
And playoff tickets for January 11th's NFC Divisional Playoff game go on sale on Tuesday, December 31 at 10 a.m. PT.Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto