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Monday, December 15, 2008
Around the NFC West: Wallace rallies Hawks

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks needed an inspired second half to edge the Rams, but they'll take it.

Also from Farnsworth: Seneca Wallace bounced back from the pounding he took in the first half.

More from Farnsworth: Rookie John Carlson moved into the Seattle record books with more catches in a season than any tight end in Seahawks history. Also, tackle Sean Locklear suffered a dislocated toe late in the game. Finally, Jordan Babineaux scored his second touchdown of the season.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks were more relieved than celebratory following their first victory since October.

Also from O'Neil: Steven Jackson was the Rams' player of the game with 107 yards, but Seattle held him to 20 after halftime.

More from O'Neil: Carlson downplays his individual achievements.

More still from O'Neil: Winning this game was more important than moving up in the 2009 draft, in his view.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says Deion Branch predicted his big reception late in the game, even though the Rams apparently thought he was joking.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune was there when Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren began his postgame news conference by suggesting he'd forgotten how to analyze a victory.

Also from Hughes: A detailed explanation for how the Seahawks set up the pivotal pass to Branch late in the game. Getting safety Oshiomogho Atogwe out of position was key.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune says an impassioned Wallace rallied the Seahawks after ripping into them at halftime.

Also from Boling: Carlson has become adept at finding openings in coverage when plays break down.