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Seahawks clinch NFC’s top seed with win
- Updated: Dec 30, 2013
Seahawks Clinch Prime Seed In NFC
Seahawks Clinch High Seed In NFC
SEATTLE – Once the doorways to the Seattle Seahawks' locker room opened, the music got here blaring out. Players danced whereas nonetheless in uniform and donned hats studying "NFC West Champions."
On their third attempt, the Seahawks lastly bought to rejoice after wrapping up the division title and residential-discipline benefit within the playoffs with a 27-9 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
Having failed two occasions previously, Seattle ensured the highway to the Tremendous Bowl in the NFC goes via the Pacific Northwest.
"We will test the NFC West off our record," quarterback Russell Wilson said, "but we still have much more to do."
Malcolm Smith returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter to get Seattle began, Marshawn Lynch added a 2-yard scoring run in the second half and the Seahawks (13-3) matched the franchise document for wins in a season.
By doing so, the favorites within the NFC for most of the season finally wrapped up the No. 1 seed after losses to San Francisco and last week to Arizona, which snapped a 14-game residence profitable streak.
Seattle gained the hardest division in the NFL behind the league's finest protection. The Seahawks' house area remains to be feared, and they're going to host Green Bay, New Orleans or San Francisco within the divisional round in two weeks.
Seattle's mixed record at residence the past two seasons in opposition to those three teams: four-0.
"It is more of a sense of accomplishment," Smith said. "It might have been actually sad if we didn't get that finished, however we're completely satisfied to be within the position that we're in."
Wilson finished 15 of 23 for 172 yards. Lynch finished with ninety seven yards on 23 carries, his finest game since running for a season-greatest one hundred forty five yards against Atlanta in Week 10
Seattle capped the victory with a forty seven-yard landing pass from Wilson to Golden Tate early within the fourth quarter that lacked the unsportsmanlike wave that bought Tate flagged on an identical TD reception in St. Louis earlier this season. Tate finished with eight catches for 129 yards, both profession highs in his closing common-season game before he becomes a free agent.
But with house-area advantage wrapped up, there could be a few postseason video games still to come for Tate and the Seahawks.
"It is an superior feeling. It is an incredible feeling to really feel like you really helped in this game," Tate stated.
The one different time Seattle had house-field advantage was 2005, the only time the Seahawks have reached the Super Bowl. They'll get every week of relaxation before hosting in the divisional spherical, they usually may need the time off after a pair of key injuries Sunday to defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (groin) and tight end Luke Willson (leg).
Willson was taken off the sphere on a cart in the fourth quarter with an air solid on his leg. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the staff believes it's not broken. Still, the upcoming week off is required.
"I positively need it. I was getting smacked right now," Tate said.
Seattle's defense closed the season with one among its most interesting performances. It began with Smith's interception return for a landing per week after he was tackled at the 3-yard line trying to score on an interception return.
Nevertheless it went past simply the two interceptions Seattle grabbed to finish the season with a league-main 28. Led by Mebane, Seattle's line of defense flustered Kellen Clemens. Zac Stacy, who needed forty two yards speeding to achieve 1,000 on the season, was held to fifteen yards on 15 carries. The Rams had thirteen yards dashing, tied for the fewest allowed in Seattle history.
"They had about 9 guys down there within the box," Clemens said. "You solely have about seven or eight to block they usually did a good job."
Seattle also saved its cool while St. Louis was shedding its composure.
The Rams (7-9) have been penalized 12 instances for 87 yards. St. Louis was flagged for four personal foul penalties in the span of two performs late in the third quarter – two on Alec Ogletree and two on Kendall Langford.
Langford was flagged for making contact with an official, which appeared inadvertent. Langford was ejected and have become incensed, slamming his helmet to the turf as he left the sphere.
Two performs later Lynch walked in from the two, Seattle led 20-3 and the celebration was just getting began.
"This entire factor simply looks like a dream to me," Seattle safety Kam Chancellor mentioned. "It feels good proper now simply to see my brothers joyful."
Tate became the first Seattle player with at the very least eight receptions in a recreation since
in 2011… Rams P
set an NFL record for web yards punting for a season. Hekker had a forty four.2 web average. The earlier report was 44.zero by San Francisco's
in 2011… St. Louis DE
had one sack and completed with 19 for the season.
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