Seattle Seahawks: 2014 Quick Takes NFC

Quick Take: 49ers at Seahawks

January, 12, 2014
Jan 12
4:20
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SEATTLE -- Three things to know about next Sunday's San Francisco 49ers-Seattle Seahawks NFC Championship Game at CenturyLink Field:

1.The rubber match: This is the game most people expected to see when the season began, bitter NFC West rivals going head to head for a trip to the Super Bowl. They split in the regular season, with the Seahawks winning 29-3 in Seattle and the 49ers winning 19-17 at Candlestick Park in December. The 49ers have been the big boys on the NFC West block in recent years, but the Seahawks took that crown in the regular season. Now they want to prove they can do it in the playoffs. Playing on the road has not been a problem for San Francisco the past two months. The 49ers have won five consecutive road games, including the past three.

2. An honest hatred: This is the best rivalry in the NFL today and one of the best in professional sports. Most players on both teams will deny it all week, but the truth is these teams can’t stand each other, and that goes for the head coaches, as well. The two fan bases do everything they can to berate each other, and all of that animosity adds to the intrigue and hype for a title game. These are two of the most physical teams in the league. They are going to pop each other right in the mouth on every snap. It won’t be an easy game to officiate, having to find a balance between letting them play with so much on the line and knowing when a player’s actions get out of hand.

3. Dominant defenses: They say defense wins championships, and you certainly can make that argument with both of these teams. Seattle, the No. 1 defense in the NFL this season, has not allowed more than 19 points in any of its past six games, averaging only 11.2 points per game over that stretch. The 49ers, the No. 5 defense in the league, have allowed only 15.2 points per game in its past 11 games.

Quick Take: Saints at Seahawks

January, 4, 2014
Jan 4
11:30
PM ET
SEATTLE -- Three things to know about next weekend's New Orleans Saints-Seattle Seahawks divisional round playoff game at CenturyLink Field:

1. Back where Who Dat was handed its hat: The Saints were 0-5 in road playoff games in franchise history before defeating the Eagles 26-24 in Philadelphia on Saturday night. Now New Orleans returns to the site of its worst defeat this season, a 34-7 victory by the Seahawks in a Monday night game on Dec. 2. Seattle held the Saints to 44 yards rushing, and Russell Wilson had one of his best games of the season, completing 22 of 30 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns.

2. And where the Beast Quake beat them: The last home playoff game for the Seahawks was a 41-36 victory against the Saints three years ago, when Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch rocked the world (literally). His 67-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, when he broke seven potential tackles, was the scamper that came to be known as the Beast Quake after registering seismic activity from the frenzied crowd.

3. Strength versus strength: Saturday's game will match the No. 1 pass defense in the NFL against the No. 2 passing offense. The Saints averaged 307 yards passing per game in the regular season, and had four players with more than 70 catches, an NFL first. The Seahawks led the league in passing yards allowed per game (172), and interceptions (28).

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