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Monday, December 22, 2008
Around the NFC West: Holmgren's sendoff

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks were determined to send out Mike Holmgren as a winner in his final game at Qwest Field.

Also from Farnsworth: Holmgren disdains penalties, but he won't complain too loudly about Josh Wilson's late celebration.

Greg Johns of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks' offensive line held up better than expected despite five empty seats at a team meeting.

Jim Moore of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer checks in with Holmgren's family. Wife Kathy says Holmgren needs a year off, and he knows it.

Art Thiel of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer finds meaning in the postgame interaction between Holmgren and more than 40,000 fans.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks' defense played its best game of the season in holding the Jets to a field goal.

Also from Romero: Seattle players reflect on what Holmgren has meant to them. Seneca Wallace appreciates how Holmgren stood up for him as a quarterback instead of pressuring Wallace to play another position.

More from Romero: John Carlson's short touchdown reception was the play of the game.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Wilson has four of the Seahawks' eight interceptions, two courtesy of Brett Favre.

More from O'Neil: The Seahawks' offensive line beat expectations, and the Jets.

Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times doesn't want the Holmgren era in Seattle to end. But if there's going to be a sendoff, this was the way to do one.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune saw a "confluence of theatrics" for Holmgren's final home game as Seahawks coach.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says Holmgren's postgame victory lap was fit for a storybook.

Also from Williams: Holmgren might not have been the only one enjoying his final game as a Seahawk at Qwest Field. Bobby Engram felt a little wistful, too.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune saw good things from some of Seattle's younger players, from Brandon Mebane to Will Herring to Courtney Taylor.

John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks' performance wasn't perfect, but it was close.