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Monday in Hawkville: NFL postseason off to an entertaining start

Posted Jan 6, 2014

The Seahawks had a first-round bye in the playoffs, which gave coach Pete Carroll a chance to watch – and enjoy – the wild-card weekend action that featured final-play field goals and second-half comebacks.

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:

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.”

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

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.”

This week, the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson, Panthers’ Cam Newton, Patriots’ Tom Brady and Broncos’ Peyton Manning join the QB playoff parade as the QBs of the top-seeded teams in the NFC and AFC.

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:

Player, team No. Yards Avg. TD
Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks 28 98 3.5 2
Arian Foster, Texans 21 98 4.7 0
Ahmad Bradshaw, Colts 19 95 5.0 1
Eddie Lacy, Packers 21 81 3.9 0
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars 19 75 3.9 0
Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks 20 72 3.6 1
Zac Stacy, Rams 19 72 3.8 0

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).

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.

Game Rewind: Seattle Seahawks