Good afternoon, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, Dec. 22 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Which Team's More Likely To Return To The Super Bowl?
The Seahawks clinched a playoff spot this past Sunday with their 30-13 win over the Cleveland Browns, the team's fourth consecutive trip to the postseason and fifth in six seasons under head coach Pete Carroll and Executive VP/General Manager John Schneider. In the AFC, the New England Patriots clinched a first-round bye this past weekend with a win over the Tennessee Titans.
With the two teams that met in last year's Super Bowl back in the playoffs, five former players debate which team is more likely to return to this season's big game in a feature at NFL.com. Despite needing to go on the road to start postseason play as one of the NFC's two wild-card spots, two of the five former NFL players think the Seahawks have a better shot than the Patriots to make it to Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif.
Nate Burleson, a former Seahawks wideout, says, "The timing is bad for the Patriots with all of their injuries. Seattle is finding a rhythm at the right time, which is what the 'Hawks have done the last couple of years when they've gone to the Super Bowl. The offense is clicking, Russell Wilson is playing arguably the best football of his career and the defense once again is playing like the Legion of Boom we're used to seeing."
And Bucky Brooks, a former NFL cornerback, writes, "Even though the Seahawks have to go on the road in the playoffs and win three games, I'd say Seattle. Russell Wilson is playing at an MVP level over the last five weeks, and the defense is finding its rhythm and identity. Poring over the matchups of the teams the 'Hawks could face in the playoffs, I don't see one opponent Seattle would fear."
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from us - @Seahawks, as we remind 12s to keep using the #ShermanWPMOYChallengehashtag on social media to help Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman earn $20,000 for his charity in the Walter Payton Man of the Year Challenge. Sherman is one of 32 nominees - one per NFL team - for this year's Man of the Year award.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle shares four key takeaways from coach Pete Carroll's Monday press conference, including where running back Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) is at in his rehab process. Boyle also details the snap counts from Sunday's win and recaps Carroll's Monday morning segment on 710 ESPN Seattle.
Here's how Seahawks players reacted on social media to Sunday's win over the Browns.
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians donated $550,000 to the Seahawks Spirit of 12 Partners, funds that will help benefit eight local charities.
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman hosted 25 local families at team headquarters last night, helping them celebrate the holiday season.
Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com identifies five numbers that help explain quarterback Russell Wilson's historic stretch.
Adam Schein at NFL.com says Russell Wilson is an elite quarterback.
Jayson Jenks at the Seattle Times writes about running back Christine Michael's demeanor in his second stint with the Seahawks.
Danny O'Neil at 710Sports.com shares three things we learned and three things we're still trying to figure out after Sunday's Seahawks win.
Art Thiel at SportsPressNW.com takes a closer look at what happened during the final 16 seconds of the first half of this past Sunday's Seahawks win.
And Steve Rudman at SportsPressNW.com puts wide receiver Doug Baldwin's historic touchdown splurge in context.
See the Seahawks close-up with these sideline portraits from their Sunday faceoff against the Cleveland Browns, which ended with a 30-13 win that secures the home team a spot in playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.
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