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Seahawks 20, Rams 13 — postgame playoff party

Well, that was interesting. The Seahawks have played better games, but maybe it’s important to win games when you don’t necessarily have everything clicking.  Obviously, now all eyes turn to the Sunday night game.

1. Be honest, were you worried?

2. How much does this sluggish performance concern you?

3. Which aspect needs to be addressed most going into the playoffs?

4. Game ball goes to?

5. Who do you want to win tonight? Dallas or Washington and why?


Final: Seahawks 20, Rams 13

Seattle Seahawks' Michael Robinson heads for the end zone as Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll signals the touchdown in the background at left in the second half of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Seattle Seahawks held onto a 20-13 win over NFC West rival St. Louis (7-8-1) this afternoon to finish undefeated at home for the first time since the franchise’s 2005 Super Bowl season.

Seattle (11-5) already clinched a playoff spot last week, and will travel to the Dallas (8-7) at Washington (9-6) winner next week in the first round of the NFC Wild Card playoffs.

The winner of tonight’s Dallas-Washington contest will claim the NFC East division crown and No. 4 seed in the NFC playoffs, while the Seahawks held onto the No. 5 seed.

Check out the results here.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson completed 15 of 19 passes for 250 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown pass to fullback Michael Robinson to tie Peyton Manning for the rookie touchdown record. Wilson finished with 26 passing touchdowns on the year, the same number Manning totaled in his rookie season of 1998.

The Rams did a nice job of getting after Wilson, finishing with six sacks on the day.

Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch rushed for 100 yards on 18 carries, becoming the third player in team history to rush for over 1,500 yards in a single season. Lynch (1,5xx) joins Chris Warren (1,545 in 1994) and Shaun Alexander (1,696 in 2004 and 1,880 in 2005).

Lynch also ran for 100 yards for the 10th time this season.

The Seahawks took the lead for good on an 10-play, 90-yard drive that ended in a Wilson 1-yard touchdown run with 1:39 left to play.

Seattle receiver Golden Tate kept the drive alive by recovering a Lynch fumble at the St. Louis 22-yard line. Two plays later, Wilson found Tate for a 44-yard pass play down the right sideline, putting the Seahawks in scoring position.

Tate finished with three receptions for 105 yards.

Richard Sherman picked off his team-leading eight interception on 4th and 10 from Seattle’s 29-yard line with 40 seconds left to seal the victory.


Hawks vs. Rams live game chat

Ryan Divish will be your host this afternoon.


Seahawks inactives: Leroy Hill out

Linebacker Leroy Hill was not healthy enough to make it through is workout this morning, which means the veteran linebacker will be inactive for today’s game with a hamstring injury.

With Hill out, Malcolm Smith will get his third start at outside linebacker, and backup linebacker Allen Bradford will be active for the first time this season.

Offensive lineman John Moffitt also was a healthy scratch for a second straight week, with rookie J.R. Sweezy getting his third start at right guard this season.

Here’s the full list.

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Morning links: 5 keys for Hawks vs. Rams

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson (Jeff Roberson/AP).

Good morning. The weather for the Seattle Seahawks regular-season finale at CenturyLink Field is expected to be cold, but dry this afternoon, so you might want to break out that winter jacket.

Here are my five keys for the Seahawks as they try to finish 8-0 at home for the first time since 2005.

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The 5 spot: Rams in focus

St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins (21) knocks the ball loose as he hits Washington tight end Fred Davis during fourth quarter action of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)

Howard Balzer, one of the first NFL draft gurus who regularly covers St. Louis sports, has been gracious enough to answer five questions on the Rams heading into this weekend’s big matchup.

You can follow Howard’s coverage of the Rams on the web and via Twitter.

Check out the Q&A below.

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Morning links: Trufant back in the fold

Marcus Trufant celebrates with Jeron Johnson after recovering a fumble against the Minnesota Vikings in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

In my story today, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant will return to the field on Sunday after missing four weeks with a hamstring issue.

Trufant practiced fully this week without any setbacks, and likely will return to being used as Seattle’s fifth defensive back in passing situations, with rookie Jeremy Lane set to start his third straight game in place of Brandon Browner.

“I’m getting pretty comfortable in there,” Trufant said. “I’ve had a lot of reps at it. I’ve had a lot of great coaching at it, and I’ve spent a lot of extra time because it’s a whole different world. But it’s a lot of fun inside. I’m enjoying it, and I’m still trying to get better. I feel a lot more comfortable now.”

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Thurmond out, Hill questionable vs. Rams

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that Walter Thurmond has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against St. Louis because of a lingering hamstring injury.

This is the third game Thurmond will miss, and Carroll seemed to indicate that he could miss Seattle’s first playoff game the following week as well.

“It hasn’t been as smooth as we’d like,” Carroll said about Thurmond. “He’s really been pushing, he just hasn’t been able to get out of the discomfort. With a hamstring you’ve got to come back feeling nothing. You can’t be nursing it, or you’re too vulnerable.

“But he’s still feeling it, and that’s not a good sign for this week obviously. It’s going to be hard for him to get back next week I would think.”

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