Seahawks' Cliff Avril To Face Former TeamAvril's past and present will clash this week when the Seahawks host the Lions in the wild-card round of the NFC playoffs.
Team Grades: Seattle Dismantles Minnesota 38-7, Moves To 7-5Winners of three of their last four games, the Seattle Seahawks went over and then-some on the host Minnesota Vikings Sunday afternoon, rolling to a 38-7 victory. With the win, Seattle raised its record to 7-5.
Injury Report: Seahawks Must Contain Peterson To Have A Chance At Beating VikingsWith a big home win over Pittsburgh last weekend, the Seahawks were able to climb above the .500 mark (6-5) for the first time this season. As a result, Seattle is in the playoff hunt and then some. If the season ended today, Seattle would be one of the two NFC Wild Card teams (Green Bay) in the conference playoffs. That said there are still five games to go in regular-season play, so much is yet to be decided.
Road To Home-Field AdvantageThe Seattle Seahawks have a chance to secure home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with two more wins.
Rant Sports: 5 Key Matchups For SaturdayAs reported earlier, it's hard to imagine Saturday's matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks will be anything like the Week 13, Monday Night Football blowout that ended with a 34-7 win for Seattle.
Hawks Can't Expect Similar Game Against SaintsPete Carroll and the Seahawks will face New Orleans on Saturday in the second round of the playoffs less than six weeks after Seattle routed the Saints 34-7 in early December.
49ers Lean On Experience In NFC PlayoffsLast year, the 49ers made an improbable run to the Super Bowl, before falling one play short of reaching the ultimate team goal. They lost to the Baltimore Ravens, a more experienced team that rode momentum all the way to a Championship. This year it's San Francisco who fits this description and unlike last year, the Niners have everything in place to get past the rest of the NFC.
For Seattle Seahawks, Consistency Is The Name Of The GameIt’s amazing how much teams can change from season to season, even without a huge personnel overhaul. But unlike most teams in the NFL, Seattle has been surprisingly consistent over the past couple of years.

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