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Dec.
28th

Latest win, this season exemplify Pete Carroll’s second NFL life with Seahawks

Today’s win, this season’s rally from 3-3 and out of the supposed post-Super Bowl hangover, exemplify Pete Carroll’s second life as an NFL head coach.

Marshawn Lynch did it again today. He bulled into the end zone with the decisive touchdown.

But this time, the only things he grabbed were the NFC West title and home-field advantage for the Seahawks throughout the conference’s playoffs. Those begin next weekend with the once-3-3 Super Bowl champions enjoying a bye.

“Heck, yeah!” Carroll said Sunday night. “All you guys kept talking about how

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Dec.
23rd

Seahawks’ chances for top NFC seed hinge on winning, GB-DET not tying. There have only been 20 ties in 40 NFL years.

The NFL issued the following Monday, and all of it comes down to one fundamental truth: If the Seahawks, who are already in the playoffs, beat the Rams at home on Sunday they will have achieved everything they set as their goal for this regular season defending their Super Bowl title.

If they lose — or if on the one in-almost-500 chance Green Bay and Detroit tie — the Seahawks could be the second, third, fifth or sixth seed.

 

There have been exactly 20 ties in the NFL in 9,556 regular-season games over the last 40 seasons, since the

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Dec.
21st

Seahawks rise for game day in Arizona, NFC West title at stake tonight

Game day has dawned sunny and cool here in the desert — though Seattle’s kickers were saying this week their hunch is the retractable roof will be closed at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale for tonight’s showdown of Seahawks and Cardinals essentially for the NFC West title.

Philadelphia’s face-plant at Washington yesterday means the Seahawks will clinch a playoff berth today with a either a win or a Dallas win at home over Indianapolis. In the bigger picture, the potential for Seattle (10-4) to earn the top seed in the NFC in next month’s postseason, the Seahawks would like

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Dec.
14th

Seahawks’ key today: Start strong to pile on 49ers’ woes

Still smarting over that Navy timeout call as my Army team was about to go up 14-0 yesterday. Man, 13 years in a row now.

Game day in Seattle has dawned sunny and cool, some of the best conditions for a Seahawks home game in December in years.

News Tribune columnist Dave Boling writes how dangerous this 49ers team can be to Seattle today.

Here is my game advance story that appears in today’s News Tribune, leading with Pete Carroll calling this home stretch of the regular season for Seattle in the NFC West race “as good as

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Dec.
12th

Nothing’s changed for Seahawks; another tag for Doug Baldwin: savvy

As excruciating as it was for you — and the Seahawks — to watch the Rams slink off their home field without scoring a touchdown and losing 12-6 to first-place Arizona last night, nothing’s changed for Seattle.

Even if Timm Rosenbach comes back next to quarterback the Cardinals — Ryan Lindley, c’mon down! — the Seahawks’ task remains unchanged this morning: Beat the 49ers at home Sunday, beat Arizona for the second time in a month next week in the desert and beat the Rams at home in the regular-season finale and they will win the NFC West — no

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Dec.
5th

Refreshed Kam Chancellor a big reason for resurgence of Seahawks’ defense

You have to go back to 2005, Seattle’s first Super Bowl season, for the last time the Seahawks have allowed fewer points in consecutive games than the six total they’ve surrendered to Arizona and San Francisco the last two games. (Dec. 5 and 11, 2005, Seattle won 42-0 at Philadelphia and 41-3 over the 49ers).

Kam Chancellor being refreshed and Bobby Wagner returning at middle linebacker have coincided with the defense’s revitalization.

Chancellor made a rare podium appearance yesterday before practice. I teasingly asked the strong safety if he lost a bet to

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Dec.
1st

Seahawks feeling renewed while beginning preparations for Sunday’s game at Philadelphia

Seeing Arizona lose again yesterday further reinforced what Pete Carroll more than two weeks ago, before the Seahawks’ surge and the Cardinals’ swoon left Seattle (8-4) one game out of first place in the NFC West with four games remaining in the regular season:

“Everything’s still out there” for his team,” Carroll said on Nov. 19.

Wins over the Cardinals and 49ers later, the Seahawks begin preparations for Sunday’s game at the Eagles (9-3) knowing they still have a game to play at Arizona in three weeks. Many are focusing on Arizona’s offense after Drew Stanton threw two more interceptions

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Nov.
21st

Seahawks’ Bennett: “Everything is in our hands. If we play the way we’re capable of, we should be happy”

The champs still have a sense of control over their playoff fates.

At least Michael Bennett does.

The Seahawks have made the talkative defensive end the newer “podium” guy replacing safety Earl Thomas the player that follows Russell Wilson out in front of the television cameras for a more formal press briefing than our usual talks in front of the players’ lockers. Yesterday Bennett addressed the fact Seattle (6-4) trails Arizona (9-1) in the NFC West by half as many games as they have left (six) entering Sunday’s meeting at CenturyLink Field.

“I think it’s a tough challenge to be

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