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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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  • Allen showing a propensity to go for it

    Allen showing a propensity to go for it

    sfgate.com Dec 23, 2012
    Allen showing a propensity to go for it CHARLOTTE -- , N.C. - For the second time in four games, Raiders head coach Dennis Allen chose to go for a touchdown when kicking a field goal late in the game might have improved his team's chances of winning. Al…
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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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  • Raiders notes vs. Panthers

    Raiders notes vs. Panthers

    On Carolina’s first touchdown, a 23-yard pass from Cam Newton to Steve Smith, left tackle Byron Bell appeared to be holding Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston. No flag was thrown. Much later, when Darren McFadden ran into the end zone from 3 yards out
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  • Oakland’s Tommy Kelly: We went after Cam Newton after Carson Pa…

    Oakland’s Tommy Kelly: We went after Cam Newton after Carson Palmer was hurt

    There wasn't much to the Carolina Panthers' 17-6 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday from a competitive perspective -- the Panthers were eliminated as a serious postseason concern a while back, and the Raiders may already be eliminated from next seas…
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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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  • "Hallelujah, Holy Shit! Where's The Tylenol?": Your S…

    "Hallelujah, Holy Shit! Where's The Tylenol?": Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundup

    deadspin.com Dec 23, 2012
    We'll be putting all our GIFs for the day here, from London Fletcher losing his lunch to sad Tom Brady. We'll update the post as the later games conclude, so stay tuned. More »
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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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  • Palmer injures back, won't return vs. Panthers

    Palmer injures back, won't return vs. Panthers

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Dec 23, 2012
    Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer has left Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers with a back injury and will not return, the team announced.
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  • The Raiders Cost Oakland 200 Police Officers In A Startlingly D…

    The Raiders Cost Oakland 200 Police Officers In A Startlingly Direct Way

    deadspin.com Dec 23, 2012
    We looked at the steady increase in taxpayer-funded stadium construction recently, and Sports on Earth wrote about what they term "sports welfare"-this week, Bloomberg explained a combination of those phenomena, and a notably clear example of the way sp
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  • Welcomed Return: Steve Nash's return paid immediate dividends f…

    Welcomed Return: Steve Nash's return paid immediate dividends for …

    CNNSI.com Dec 23, 2012
    Steve Nash's return paid immediate dividends for the Lakers, fueling a 118-115 OT win over the Warriors. Ben Golliver examines Nash's first game back and reactions to his return.
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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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  • Raiders-Panthers underway

    Raiders-Panthers underway

    insidebayarea.com Dec 23, 2012
    Sebastian Janikowski kicks off to the Carolina Panthers with the stadium about half-full . . . it’s a touchback . . .
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  • Systems Matter: Lakers 118 Warriors 115

    Systems Matter: Lakers 118 Warriors 115

    feltbot.com Dec 23, 2012
    There was much to praise in Mark Jackson’s game plan last night, but he simply had the wrong lineup on the court in the fourth quarter and overtime. Landry proved that Howard couldn’t guard him in the first half, forcing Howard’s third foul. And yet
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  • McClain, Tollefson inactive

    McClain, Tollefson inactive

    Middle linebacker Rolando McClain and defensive end Dave Tollefson were among the inactives Sunday for the Raiders against Carolina Panthers. McClain appears likely to finish the season inactive for the last three games after serving a two-game suspensi…
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  • Week 16 early inactives

    Week 16 early inactives

    profootballtalk.com Dec 23, 2012
    Every week we’ll bring you all the inactives from the early games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information. So check back often to see the full list as it becomes available. Raiders at Panthers Raiders: DT Richard Seymour Panthers: Q
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  • The path of east resistance

    The path of east resistance

    insidebayarea.com Dec 23, 2012
    The last time the Raiders won a game in an eastern time zone, and the nine consecutive losses that followed: by average score of 35-17: Dec. 6, 2009: Raiders 27, Steelers 24 Dec. 27, 2009: Browns 23, Raiders 9 Nov. 21, 2010: Steelers 35, Raiders 3 Dec. …
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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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  • Mark Davis says Immaculate Reception is still a “dagger”

    Mark Davis says Immaculate Reception is still a “dagger”

    profootballtalk.com Dec 23, 2012
    The late Al Davis hated the play that allowed the Pittsburgh Steelers to swipe a playoff win from the Raiders 40 years ago today via a deflected pass that Franco Harris plucked out of the sky on the fly and ran into the end zone. Current Raiders owner M…
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  • Nash returns, Kobe nets 34 as Lakers win in OT

    Nash returns, Kobe nets 34 as Lakers win in OT

    ESPN.com dimemag.com Dec 23, 2012
    Kobe Bryant had 34 points and 10 rebounds, Steve Nash finished with 12 points and nine assists in his first game in almost two months, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from 14 points down in the fourth to beat the Golden State Warriors 118-115 in OT.
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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 - Sunday Blitz: Raiders-Panthers Recap 01:47

    Sunday Blitz: Raiders-Panthers Recap

    Dec 23
    Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Panthers' 17-6 win over the Raiders.

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.
  • NFL Week 16 review: John Clayton's Last Call

    Dec 23
    There's still plenty of intrigue regarding the NFC playoff race, writes John Clayton.