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Earl Thomas headed to Hawaii for Pro Bowl

Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas (29) reacts after recovering a fumble by Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox (13) in the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. Knox was injured on the play. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Pro Bowl drought for the Seattle Seahawks is over.

For the first time since 2008, a Seattle player will travel to Hawaii to play in the annual NFL all-star game.

With the Pro Bowl team announced this afternoon, Seattle second year pro safety Earl Thomas has been voted onto the team. Thomas was named as an alternate in his rookie season last year.

Thomas is second on the Seahawks in tackles with 92, has two interceptions on the year and anchors a secondary that ranks fourth in the NFC in total pass defense.

Thomas is the first Seattle safety voted to the Pro Bowl since Darryl Williams made the team in 1997.

The Seahawks also have five players who are alternates: cornerback Brandon Browner (first), safety Kam Chancellor (first), fullback Michael Robinson (first), running back Marshawn Lynch (second) and punter Jon Ryan (third).

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Seahawks-Cardinals stats

2011 Stats Seahawks Cardinals
Record 7-8 7-8
Total Yards Gained 4,494 4,804
Total Offense (NFLRank) 299.6 (28) 320.3 (23)
Rush Offense 105.3 (21) 99.6 (25)
Pass Offense 194.3 (24) 220.7 (17)
Points Per Game 20.1 (24) 19.3 (25)
Total Yards Allowed 4,927 5,313
Total Defense 328.5 (9) 354.2 (19)
Rush Defense 111.1 (13) 120.5 (18)
Pass Defense 217.4 (13) 233.7 (18)
Points Allowed/Game 19.5 (5) 21.9 (T17)
Possession Avg. 28:01 27:59
Sacked/Yds. Lost 45/308 52/373
Sacks Made/Yds. Lost 31/218 38/273
Interceptions By 21 9
Penalties/Yds. 131/992 97/928
Punts/Avg. 87/46.8 85/44.9
Turnover Differential +7 (T5) -12(T28)

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Morning links: Unheralded Hawks making waves

Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner, center, celebrates his interception return for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears on Dec. 18 with teammates Richard Sherman (25) and Doug Baldwin. (NAM Y. HUH/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider’s eye for spotting little-known talent and giving them an opportunity to shine has been on display again this season, as I point out in my story today.

Players like undrafted rookie free agent receiver Doug Baldwin, CFL standout cornerback Brandon Browner, 2010 fifth round draft pick safety Kam Chancellor, and this year’s fourth-round pick K.J. Wright have emerged to play major roles this season.

“They haven’t really changed our opinion much,” Carroll said. “We’re just thrilled that they’ve just been consistent factors for us. We thought that they could play a role, so we gave them opportunities. And that’s happened for us, and it’s been a big part of this season.”

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Carroll won’t empty bench for Arizona game

If you’re looking for guys on the end of the roster like third team quarterback Josh Portis, offensive lineman Jarriel King and safety Jeron Johnson to get more playing time this week with Seattle officially out of the playoffs, you might have to wait to see those guys again next preseason.

“We don’t plan on changing,” Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said. “We want to see if we can finishing this thing off right and get a win there. It’s going to be very difficult. Arizona’s playing great football right now. But we’re going for it. We’re not shifting gear or changing. We’re not going to try and learn a whole bunch in one game of new things. We’re going to try and continue to finish this year out the way we’ve set a pace here now.”

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Monday Morning QB live chat replay

We’ll get started at noon today.


Morning links: Hawks headed in right direction

Marshawn Lynch runs into the end zone against San Francisco. (AP Photo).

In my story today, although disappointing in a 19-17 loss to San Francisco over the weekend, the Seattle Seahawks still have something to play for in the last game of the season at Arizona.

Seattle has a chance to finish a game better than last season’s 7-9 regular-season record and finish with a nonlosing record for the first time since 2007.The Seahawks travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals on Sunday in their finale.

“I feel like it’s an important game because it’s the next game,” Bryant said. “You always want to finish strong, and we know those guys are fighting for the same thing. I believe they are 7-8 as well, and they’re playing at home. So it’s going to be another great game.

“It will be two teams going at it, and it will come down to who can make a play, and who can’t.”

There’s little doubt that heading into the final week of his second season in Seattle, coach Pete Carroll has the Seahawks on an upward trend. They are No. 10 in the NFL in total defense this season, up 17 spots from last year.

The Seahawks are averaging 105 rushing yards a game – 21st in the league and up 10 spots from 2010, when they gained an average of 89 yards a game.And Seattle has a plus-7 turnover differential this year, good enough for a tie for fifth in the league. The Seahawks had a minus-9 turnover differential in 2010, tied for 27th overall.

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Hawks say they gave one away

To a man, the Seattle Seahawks believed they should have beaten the San Francisco 49ers here tonight.

“It’s just a tough one to swallow,” Seattle defensive back Roy Lewis said. “I feel like we had control of the game early. And then they kind of rallied back, and that’s what we expected because they’re a good team.

“And then we rallied back, and we started to make our surge in the second half. We came up short – the ball really, truly didn’t bounce are way. And that’s the toughest one to swallow. Those are the ones that are going to sting, and leave a nasty taste in our mouth.”

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Final: Niners 19, Hawks 17

Seattle receiver Richardo Lockette catches a 44-yard pass in the opening quarter against San Francisco. (AP Photo/Kevin Casey)

The San Francisco 49ers escaped with a 19-17 win on the road on Christmas Eve over NFC West division rival Seattle at CenturyLink Field.

The win eliminates Seattle from playoff consideration at 7-8 overall with one game left next week at Arizona.

The Niners moved to 12-3 on the year, and still have a shot at earning the No. 2 overall seed in the NFC depending on what happens between New Orleans and Atlanta on Monday night.

Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch provided the offensive spark for the Seahawks, finishing with 107 yards on 21 carries.

Seattle linebacker Heath Farwell put Seattle in position to take the lead at the end of the game, blocking San Francisco punter Andy Lee’s punt, with the Niners recovering at the 4-yard line.

Lynch broke San Francisco’s streak of not allowing a rushing touchdown this season on a 4-yard jaunt around the right side into the end zone, giving Seattle a 17-16 lead with 6:41 left.

But the Niners came right back to take the lead for good, marching six plays on 39 yards, with kicker David Akers punching in the game winner from 39 yards out, one of four field goals on the day.

Lynch also broke San Francisco’s 36-game streak of not allowing a 100-yard rusher – the last running back to do that before the Seattle runner was Green Bay’s Ryan Grant in November 2009.

Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson had two opportunities to get Seattle into the end zone in the final three minutes, but was unsuccessful.
Check out the stats here.

And let me know your thoughts on the game in the comments section.

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