Wrapping it up here in Jersey, where the Seahawks (and Richard Sherman, above making an interception in a John Lok photo) may well be returning in six weeks or so.
Before getting to some links, let’s recap where things stand in terms of the playoffs.
Here’s the absolute simplest way of looking at it — one more Seahawks win or one more 49ers loss and Seattle takes the No. 1 seed into the NFC playoffs.
The only way Seattle doesn’t get the No. 1 seed is if its loses both remaining games — at home to Arizona and St. Louis — and the 49ers win both (vs. Atlanta and at
Arizona). That would make each team 12-4 and since they split the tiebreaker would then go to division record, which would go to the 49ers at 5-1 vs. 4-2 for Seattle.
If that happened, then the Seahawks would be the No. 5 seed.
So, for now, no real celebrating from the Seahawks, who still have some work to do (or work to be done for them) even if it’s work that they will be heavily favored to finish.
Now for a few links, though given an absurdly early wakeup call, these will be a little truncated.
— You can find all of our coverage here;
— To highlight a few items from our coverage: Here’s Jerry Brewer’s column on the defense; here’s the game story; here’s Jayson Jenks’ sidebar on Byron Maxwell; Jenks on Kam Chancellor’s big day; and the notebook with items on Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin taking offense at a USA Today;
— NFL.com with a story and some highlights;
— Here’s the game story from Seahawks.com;
— Seahawks.com also offers a Game at a Glance;
— ESPN with the news that a Federal Way car dealership will have to pay up big thanks to a promotion tied to Seattle pitching a shutout today;
— Lots of post-game Giants quotes here;
— USA Today on Seattle’s dominant defense;
— USA Today also says the Seahawks remained business-like after the win;
— The New York Times notes that the Giants are now assured a losing record;
— The Times also writes about Wilson having his eyes set on snow and the Super Bowl;
— The New York Daily News says Eli Manning and the Giants came up small;
— The Daily News also says the Seahawks left in super (get it?) spirits;
— The Newark Star-Ledger says tempers flared in the Giants’ locker room afterward;
— The Wall Street-Journal says the Seahawks looked comfortable at MetLife Stadium.