Good morning. We’ll have our regular Monday Morning QB chat at 11 a.m. today, so stop by if you have time.
In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, the Seahawks will travel to Washington to face the Redskins in the first round of the NFC Wild Card on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The game will be televised on FOX.
That said, let’s take a spin around the web to get some reaction from Seattle’s 20-13 win in the team’s final regular season game over St. Louis on Sunday.
Here’s my game story. The Seahawks finished at 11-5, which is the third-best record in franchise history and Pete Carroll’s best record in his pro career.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune argues that Russell Wilson’s rookie season rises above Peyton Manning’s rookie year of 1998. Wilson tied Manning for the rookie touchdown record with 26.
Ryan Divish of The News Tribune writes that Golden Tate once again made one of the biggest plays of the game for the Seahawks – recovering Marshawn Lynch’s fumble to keep the game-winning drive alive.
Don Ruiz of The News Tribune writes that the Seahawks had to figure out how to stop a Rams pass rush that sacked Wilson a season-high six times on Sunday. “Our whole D-line really just pushed the pocket and kept (Wilson) in the pocket,” said St. Louis defensive lineman Chris Long, who had three sacks on the day. “For the most part we took advantage of our opportunities. We got him down for the most part when we had the opportunity. He’s tough to get down. It was a group effort.”
John McGrath of The News Tribune writes that the hard-nosed game between the Seahawks and the Rams is a preview of what’s to come in the NFC West. McGrath: “The toughness of the NFC West, officially clinched Sunday by the 49ers in San Francisco, is a concern better left for next season. So are the Rams, who competed against the Seahawks as if the conference championship were at stake. Sooner or later, that scenario could determine a Super Bowl berth. My hunch is on the sooner.”
Steve Kelly of The Seattle Times writes the Seahawks regularly practicing the fumble drill came in handy on Golden Tate’s recovery of a Marshawn Lynch fumble.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com offers an initial preview of the Seattle-Washington matchup.
ESPN’s Mike Sando details what makes the Seahawks a tough out in the playoffs – Russell Wilson’s decision-making ability.
Mike Jones of the Washington Post offers some observations from Washington’s win over Dallas, along with their chances in the playoffs. Jones: “Seattle will be better than Dallas was, that’s a fact. But at this point, it’s hard to pick against the Redskins. They’re playing at such a high level and with a healthy confidence and stone-cold focus that you definitely get the sense that they have a chance to do something special and continue this run.”
Bob Young of The Seattle Times reports a lot of beer drinking and trash talking attending the Seahawks-Rams game as a fan, but that he never felt threatened.
Black Monday already is underway, with head coaches Chicago’s Lovie Smith, Cleveland’s Pat Shurmur, Kansas City’s Romeo Crennel, Buffalo’s Chan Gailey and Philadelphia’s Andy Reid already receiving pink slips. New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum has been fired, and general manager Gene Smith suffered the same fate in Jacksonville. Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated is doing a nice job tracking the changes here.