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Saturday Round-Up: Welcome to Wild Card Weekend

Posted Jan 4, 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 - Saturday, Jan. 4 - about your Seattle Seahawks as the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs is set to begin.

Wild-Card Watch

This afternoon the Kansas City Chiefs visit the home of the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles. Chiefs-Colts gets going at 1:35 p.m. PT on NBC and the Saints-Eagles follow suit at 5:10 p.m. PT, also on NBC. You can stream both of today's matchups right here.

If the No. 6-seeded Saints top the No. 3-seeded Eagles, then the Seahawks' Jan. 11 divisional-round opponent is set. If not, Seattle will play the winner of Sunday's wild-card game between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers, which starts at 1:40 p.m. PT on FOX. Sunday's AFC wild-card matchup pits the San Diego Chargers against the Cincinnati Bengals at 10:05 a.m. PT on CBS - a game you can also catch online right here.

To get you ready for this wild weekend, Andy Benoit of TheMMQB.com breaks down play-calling tendencies, key matchups and schemes for the Chiefs-Colts, Saints-Eagles, Chargers-Bengals, and 49ers-Packers matchups.

Doug Farrar of SI.com analyzes a key contributor from each NFC wild-card club to pay close attention to during this weekend's games. Farrar also provides a deep statistical breakdown of each wild-card matchup.

Mike Silver of NFL.com says Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' return from injury gives Green Bay a mental edge over the Niners.

Judy Battiista of NFL.com offers 10 things to watch for this weekend.

NFL.com's Around the League writers detail four players who could surprise in the wild-card round.

John Clayton of ESPN.com lays out the top 10 trends from the wild-card round.

Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reminds you to expect the unexpected as the NFL playoffs get rolling this weekend.

And Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com previews Saturday's matchups here and offers a look at Sunday's matchups here.

About Your NFC West Champion Seahawks

Cornerback Richard Sherman - fresh off earning AP All-Pro honors for the second straight season - tells us who he thinks are the NFL's Top 5 Smartest QBs in his latest feature for TheMMQB.com. Teammate Russell Wilson checks in at No. 4 on Sherman's list.

Sherman also congratulates fellow Legion of Boom members Earl Thomas (first-team) and Kam Chancellor (second-team) on being named 2013 AP All-Pro and tells us what he can take away from this weekend's wild-card games.

All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas has a new post up on his website, sharing his thoughts on winning the Steve Largent Award, being named to the Pro Bowl, clinching the NFC's No. 1 seed, managing the bye week, and this weekend's wild-card round.

NFL.com Around the League writer Gregg Rosenthal has his analysis of the 2013 AP All-Pro team.

Terry Blount of ESPN.com looks at the playoff experience present on the Seahawks roster, catching up with wide receiver Doug Baldwin and linebacker Bobby Wagner on what having that experience can mean.

Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com polls 10 NFL players who missed the playoffs this season on who they think will win Super Bowl XLVIII.

Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com has an update on wide receiver Percy Harvin's status after Friday's "Bonus" practice. An injury report won't be issued until next week, but Carroll said Harvin was able to participate in everything except the team's two-minute drill.

Jim Moore of 710Sports.com says if he had his choice he would take the New Orleans Saints as Seattle's divisional-round opponent next weekend.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times talks with cornerback and special teams ace Jeremy Lane on the Seahawks' success covering punts this season.

Tim Booth of the Associated Press has an informative recap of the Seahawks playoff bye week.

Adam Lewis of SportsPressNW.com has injury updates on tight end Luke Willson (high ankle sprain) and linebacker K.J. Wright (foot) in recapping Friday's practice at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

Bill Swartz of CBS Seattle details how the Seahawks are taking advantage of their first-round playoff bye.

Jamie Skorheim of MyNorthwest.com says the Seahawks are maintaining their every-week-is-a-championship-week mentality as the playoff preparation gets underway.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has a letter to fans thanking them for their support throughout the 2013 season.

Here at Seahawks.com, team photographers Rod Mar and Corky Trewin have several snaps from Friday's practice.

And Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth delves into what makes the Seahawks' No.1-ranked defense so successful, puts the focus on wide receiver Percy Harvin's Friday at practice, and highlights the All-Pro Legion of Boom trio.

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

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