It wasn’t the most artistic day for the Seahawks, but they are moving on to the NFC title game.
Saturday had everything people have come to expect from Marshawn Lynch: hard running and little talking. He did a brief postgame press conference at his locker before ducking into the back.
Lynch was again ferocious on the field. His 28 carries tied a season-high and his 140 rushing yard were a franchise-record in the playoffs.
Lynch’s locker was littered with Skittles wrappers after he ducked out. His teammates, per usual, spoke on his behalf.
“He’s a guy, like most NFL football players, who is pretty quirky,” center Max Unger said. “We all have our issues.
“The dude runs hard. Anyone who runs as hard as he does is just going to be crazy.”
Lynch is the baseline for everything the Seahawks do. Breno Giacomini told the TNT he wishes they could run on every down. Kam Chancellor said seeing Lynch pound away gets him fired up and vice-versa, those two being menacing alter egos on each side of the ball with their dark visors and physical style.
“One word, tenacious, man, tenacious,” Russell Okung said. “He’s an embodiment of who we are as a team. We’re about being tough, physical, smart, relentless. All those things. It shows every day.
“He’s the best teammate you could ever ask for. A guy who speaks through his actions. You know every time he touches the ball, he’s going to fight for every inch.”
We should know by 1 p.m. or so who the Seahawks will be hosting next Sunday at 3:30 p.m. for the right to go to the Super Bowl.
Tickets for the NFC title game go on sale Monday at 10 a.m.
Here’s our coverage from the game:
> My game story centered around Marshawn Lynch.
> Dave Boling says the Seahawks’ defense earned another chance to achieve “limitless” goals.
> John McGrath says the balanced Seahawks survived the unbalanced wind.
> Percy Harvin was back, but just for a half after taking two shots.
> Another big day for Michael Bennett against the Saints.
> Steven Hauschka had a kick dealing with Mother Nature.
> Once again, the Seahawks took Jimmy Graham out of the game.
> A trio of mistakes hurt the Saints.
Other Seahawks links:
> CBS’ Gregg Doyel says the Saints tried to come into Seattle and punk the Seahawks. Big mistake.
> Sports Illustrated says the Seahawks’ Super Bowl hopes rest on the defense.
> Also from SI, Jim Trotter writes Marshawn Lynch made a loud statement Saturday.
> The Everett Herald says the Seahawks are perfectly built.
> Some game grades from the Herald.
> Highlights of the game.
> ESPN’s Kevin Seifert says the Seahawks offense pulled a disappearing act.
> Mike Sando says Percy Harvin holds the key to the Seahawks’ Super Bowl hopes.
> Bruce Irvin explains to 710 ESPN the pregame conversation he had with Jimmy Graham that resulted in an altercation.
> 710 ESPN also writes you can exhale now.
> Here’s the game story from USA Today.