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Seahawks clinch playoff spot with rout of 49ers

Seahawks clinch playoff spot with rout of 49ers

ESPN.com profootballtalk.com CNNSI.com Updated Dec 23, 2012
Russell Wilson threw four touchdown passes to move into second place for TD passes by a rookie, Marshawn Lynch scored twice, and the Seahawks clinched a spot in the NFC playoffs with a 42-13 rout of San Francisco on Sunday night.
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  • It's Easier To Rout A Team When You're Making Catches Like This…

    It's Easier To Rout A Team When You're Making Catches Like This: Sunday Night Football, In Four GIFs

    deadspin.com Dec 23, 2012
    Seattle 42, San Francisco 13: In a battle of what Cris Collinsworth called two "top-end throwers"-i.e, two NFL quarterbacks, in this case Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick-it was Wilson who was the topper-end thrower; he looked like he had roughly t
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  • Peter King: Megatron the headliner, but history was made all ov…

    Peter King: Megatron the headliner, but history was made all over Week 16

    CNNSI.com Dec 23, 2012
    The Bengals have done something this year that hadn't been done since Boomer Esiason was a junior at Maryland.
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  • Seahawks crushing 49ers at halftime, 28-6

    Seahawks crushing 49ers at halftime, 28-6

    profootballtalk.com Dec 23, 2012
    When David Akers is the thing going right, you know things are going all wrong for the 49ers. Akers made a 54-yard field goal just before half, which allowed the 49ers to carve the Seahawks lead to 28-6. The Seahawks have now scored 136 points in their …
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  • Don Banks: Critical win proves Vikes are more than a one-man sh…

    Don Banks: Critical win proves Vikes are more than a one-man show; more Snaps

    CNNSI.com Dec 23, 2012
    PITTSBURGH -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a Week 16 that saw the NFL's playoff field taking shape in almost-finalized fashion...
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  • Smith out for 49ers, ending starts streak at 185

    Smith out for 49ers, ending starts streak at 185

    The San Francisco 49ers will be without defensive tackle Justin Smith because of an elbow injury, ending his streak of consecutive starts at 185.
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  • Mariucci has interest in the Chargers

    Mariucci has interest in the Chargers

    profootballtalk.com Dec 23, 2012
    With San Diego moving closer to what G.M. A.J. Smith called in October a “new era of Chargers football,” a guy who was part of the old era of 49ers and Lions football is interested. Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported during Football Night in Am
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  • Manningham active vs. depleted secondary

    Manningham active vs. depleted secondary

    ESPN.com Dec 23, 2012
    SEATTLE -- The Seattle Seahawks had hoped to have cornerbacks Walter Thurmond or Marcus Trufant available to face the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night. Neither is active. The 49ers, meanwhile, are getting receiver Mario Manningham back from a shoulde…
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  • The early feel from CenturyLink Field

    The early feel from CenturyLink Field

    ESPN.com Dec 23, 2012
    2012 49ers-Seahawks Comparison SEATTLE -- There's a playoff-type feel at CenturyLink Field while the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks are warming up for their prime-time matchup. The pressbox is abuzz with activity as a larger-than-usual media c…
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  • Countdown Live: 49ers-Seahawks

    Countdown Live: 49ers-Seahawks

    ESPN.com Dec 23, 2012
    Join our ESPN.com NFL experts for the NFC West throw down between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. Contribute your thoughts and questions beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET. See you there. Countdown Live: 49ers-Seahawks
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  • Patriots come out sleepwalking in Jacksonville

    Patriots come out sleepwalking in Jacksonville

    profootballtalk.com Dec 23, 2012
    Apparently the Patriots needed more than a week to recover from their hard-fought loss to the 49ers. In a game against the Jaguars that on paper looked like it should have been an easy win, the Patriots came out sleepwalking. Jaguars quarterback Chad He…
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  • “Safe to say” Sherman will play

    “Safe to say” Sherman will play

    profootballtalk.com Dec 23, 2012
    As the Seahawks prepare to host the 49ers on Sunday night, the home team most likely can count on the presence of one of their best defensive players in the lineup. Cornerback Richard Sherman, whose appeal on a four-game suspension for violating the lea…
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  • Video - GameDay: San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks highlights 04:04

    GameDay: San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks highlights

    Dec 23
    The Seattle Seahawks continue their dominance, knocking off the San Francisco 49ers 42-13 behind QB Russell Wilson's four touchdown passes.
  • Video - San Francisco 49ers TE Delanie Walker 18-yard TD catch 00:33

    San Francisco 49ers TE Delanie Walker 18-yard TD catch

    Dec 23
    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick finds TE Delanie Walker for an 18-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
  • Video - San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis picks off Wilson 00:27

    San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis picks off Wilson

    Dec 23
    San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis picks off a pass from QB Russell Wilson in the second quarter.
  • Video - Parting Shot: Time Will Tell On Young QBs 00:54

    Parting Shot: Time Will Tell On Young QBs

    Dec 23
    William C. Rhoden is enjoying watching the new crew of young quarterbacks in the NFL but wonders who among them will stand the test of time.

Sports Columnists

  • Peter King: Megatron the headliner, but history was made all over Week 16

    Dec 23
    The Bengals have done something this year that hadn't been done since Boomer Esiason was a junior at Maryland.
  • Don Banks: Critical win proves Vikes are more than a one-man show; more Sn…

    Dec 23
    PITTSBURGH -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a Week 16 that saw the NFL's playoff field taking shape in almost-finalized fashion...
  • Don Banks: After 45 seasons, Bengals finally find some history in repeatin…

    Dec 23
    PITTSBURGH -- Heinz Field felt like history central Sunday in the NFL. But maybe not the way many would have expected.
  • Adrian Peterson held to 86 yards, but Minnesota Vikings topple Houston Tex…

    Dec 23
    Adrian Peterson held to 86 yards, but Minnesota Vikings keep playoff hopes alive with win over Houston Texans