Good morning. At the end of the day, we’ll know if the Seahawks are Super Bowl champions.
What a season to get here. Earl Thomas punching the ball out in the opener. Richard Sherman’s interception against Houston. Jermaine Kearse’s huge touchdown catches. Marshawn Lynch’s power and silence. Angry Doug Baldwin. Russell Wilson’s escapes and growth. Suspensions and offensive line injuries. The Percy Harvin saga. Christine Michael’s huge runs. Michael Bowie parting of the Red Sea. … Just to name a few.
So, 60 minutes left. Buckle up.
> I wrote about the prevailing topic today: The No. 1 offense versus the No. 1 defense. As always, the Seahawks will try to keep the lid on over the top.
> Dave Boling says the Seahawks will win the Super Bowl, and there’s even more in store for Russell Wilson.
> We linked to it yesterday, but again, here is Dave Boling’s column on Walter Jones being named to the 2014 Hall of Fame class.
> Byron Maxwell has earned was his into the Legion of Boom.
> John McGrath writes to look for a blizzard of Skittles in the Seahawks’ victory parade.
> More from John McGrath on Jones’ pending induction.
> The Seahawks hope to keep Pot Roast from cooking.
> Erin Andrews wants the focus of Sherman’s rant and back on the game.
> A Super Bowl win could help change the perception of Seattle as a sports town.
> Need help rooting against Denver?
> Jim Moore says the Seahawks’ offense has the edge over the Denver defense.
> The Everett Herald writes regional sports fans need this one.
> Wilson is living his father’s dream.
> Five keys for the Seahawks from ESPN.
> ESPN finds Hank Goldberg on some deserted island and he gives his prop bets:
> Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey is ready to be a champion.
> Woody Paige with the reasons the Broncos will win the Super Bowl. Inexplicably, Paige says one reason is that the Broncos have a decided advantage on punt and kick returns, despite having the worst coverage units in the league and the Seahawks being second-best against punts.
> A nice column from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post on what it means to players to win the Super Bowl.
> A look at the stout Broncos offensive line.
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The only Seattle title in the four major sports seems fitting.
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