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Today, our Dave Boling wrote about what the Seahawks might ultimately stand to gain from losing to the 49ers in San Francisco. From Boling:
Late last week, Seattle Seahawk defenders still grumbled about the last San Francisco scoring drive that secured a narrow win for the 49ers the previous Sunday.
Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said the disappointment would “stay with us.” He added his belief that the sting of it caused their “mindset and attitude (to be) exactly what you’d want it to be in terms of effort and focus.”
Was it ever.
On Sunday, the Seahawks defense treated the New York Giants like they were little brothers in a backyard game, holding them to 25 yards rushing and intercepting Eli Manning five times.
It was the Seahawks’ best defensive effort and enhanced their status as the best defense in the NFL.
And if the Seahawks continue to roll into the playoffs, they might look back at the loss to the 49ers as the jolt that got them revving back up to the competitive red-line.
Here’s a notebook from yesterday’s happenings out in Renton talking about Clinton McDonald filling in for Tony McDaniel on Sunday.
> 710 ESPN with a look at what we learned in the Seahawks win over the Giants.
> Russell Wilson set some more records Sunday. I’m not big on the win total number for a quarterback because so much is dependent on the rest of the team. If the defense was terrible, Wilson could be the same and have a .500 record as a starter. I’m not trying to knock him, because he’s obviously played very well his first two seasons. But, I take any win total stat attributed to a single player — even the quarterback whose had to survive much of the year behind a mediocre to terrible offensive line – with a large grain of salt.
> Another five things we learned, this time from the Everett Herald.
> A focus on Wilson over at Seahawks.com.
> The Seahawks have overtaken the Broncos as the betting favorite to win the Super Bowl.
> Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald passed a first round of concussion tests and says he feels good, but is far from being cleared for this Sunday. Arizona coach Bruce Arians said Carson Palmer and RB Andre Ellington are fine.
> Arizona veterans were to quick to start thinking about the Seahawks.
> Arizona could finish with 11 wins and miss the playoffs.
> Houston RB Ben Tate has played through four broken ribs knowing he’s a free agent at the end of the season.