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November 2, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Saturday links: Defense has come up big in fourth quarter

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A late start to the links this morning. But then that’s sort of fitting as the Seahawk defense has often been at its best late in games this season, as Jayson Jenks pointed out in this story for the Saturday paper.

As Jenks wrote:

Making the final stop is further proof that this unit is different from last year, even if many pieces are the same.

The Seahawks surrendered seven leads in the fourth quarter last season, including the most devastating of all in the playoffs against Atlanta. The Seahawks still ranked as one of the league’s best units last year, but their resume as a great defense had a soft spot: closing games.

The hope tomorrow, of course, is that the game won’t come down to that, as it did last week (that’s Cliff Avril and Chris Clemons making a tackle, above, in a John Lok photo) which is what the oddsmakers think as Seattle remains a consensus 16-point favorite.

IN OTHER NEWS. …

Chris Clemons has been voted by teammates as winner of the team’s Ed Block Courage Award;

— CBSSports.com shows how much Seahawks fans are willing to pay to watch their team play;

— ESPN.com offers three things to watch;

— Seahawks.com looks at the game from a fantasy perspective;

— SI.com’s Doug Farrar makes a case for Earl Thomas being the best safety in football;

— Football Outsiders updates its look at which quarterbacks are feeling the most pressure;

— USA Today says the Seahawks could use Percy Harvin;

 — Seahawks.com profiled Jim Zorn, one of the players who will be honored along with the 1983 team on Sunday;

— Buccaneers.com offers some key matchups to watch;

— ESPN.com details the controversy surrounding the comments of Tampa Bay DT Gerald McCoy saying he’s fine with helping opponents up, even if his coaches are not;

— The Tampa Bay Times digs in to how the Bucs have been using Darrelle Revis.

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