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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.Upvote Share Tweet
It's Easier To Rout A Team When You're Making Catches Like This: Sunday Night Football, In Four GIFsSeattle 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 tUpvote Share Tweet
Peter King: Megatron the headliner, but history was made all over Week 16The Bengals have done something this year that hadn't been done since Boomer Esiason was a junior at Maryland.Upvote Share Tweet
Seahawks crushing 49ers at halftime, 28-6When 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 …Upvote Share Tweet
Allen showing a propensity to go for itsfgate.com Updated Dec 23, 2012Allen 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…Upvote Share TweetPITTSBURGH -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a Week 16 that saw the NFL's playoff field taking shape in almost-finalized fashion...Upvote Share TweetOn 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 outUpvote Share TweetThere 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…Upvote Share TweetThe San Francisco 49ers will be without defensive tackle Justin Smith because of an elbow injury, ending his streak of consecutive starts at 185.Upvote Share TweetWith 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 AmUpvote Share TweetSEATTLE -- 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…Upvote Share Tweet
The early feel from CenturyLink Field2012 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…Upvote Share Tweet
"Hallelujah, Holy Shit! Where's The Tylenol?": Your Sunday NFL GIF RoundupWe'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 »Upvote Share TweetJoin 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-SeahawksUpvote Share TweetRaiders quarterback Carson Palmer has left Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers with a back injury and will not return, the team announced.Upvote Share Tweet
The Raiders Cost Oakland 200 Police Officers In A Startlingly Direct WayWe 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 spUpvote Share Tweet
Welcomed Return: Steve Nash's return paid immediate dividends for …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.Upvote Share TweetApparently 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Raiders-Panthers underwayinsidebayarea.com Updated Dec 23, 2012Sebastian Janikowski kicks off to the Carolina Panthers with the stadium about half-full . . . it’s a touchback . . .Upvote Share Tweet
Systems Matter: Lakers 118 Warriors 115feltbot.com Updated Dec 23, 2012There 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 yetUpvote Share TweetMiddle 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…Upvote Share TweetEvery 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: QUpvote Share Tweet
The path of east resistanceinsidebayarea.com Updated Dec 23, 2012The 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. …Upvote Share TweetAs 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…Upvote Share TweetThe 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…Upvote Share TweetKobe 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.Upvote Share Tweet
GameDay: San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks highlightsDec 23The Seattle Seahawks continue their dominance, knocking off the San Francisco 49ers 42-13 behind QB Russell Wilson's four touchdown passes.
San Francisco 49ers TE Delanie Walker 18-yard TD catchDec 23San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick finds TE Delanie Walker for an 18-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis picks off WilsonDec 23San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis picks off a pass from QB Russell Wilson in the second quarter.
Sunday Blitz: Raiders-Panthers RecapDec 23Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Panthers' 17-6 win over the Raiders.
Peter King: Megatron the headliner, but history was made all over Week 16Dec 23The 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 23PITTSBURGH -- 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 23PITTSBURGH -- 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 CallDec 23There's still plenty of intrigue regarding the NFC playoff race, writes John Clayton.