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January 17, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Pro Football Focus previews NFC title game

Here’s our weekly look at some of what Pro Football Focus is saying about the game.

First, here is its preview. Now, a bunch of other stats, notes and observations:

On the site this week:

- Seattle finished with PFF’s 26th ranked o-line in the 2013 Offensive Line Rankings.

- Michael Bennett shows up again in Pass Rushing Productivity: Edge Rushers.

- Now that only four teams remain, we have eight different notes on the Seahawks in this week’s 32 Observations.

- Proving to be more than just a run stopper, Brandon Mebane showed well in Pass Rushing Productivity: Interior Defenders.

- Tony McDaniel’s production hasn’t gone unnoticed. He makes an appearance in Secret Superstars: Championship Round.

- Marshawn Lynch, the Legion of Boom, and Seattle’s home field will all play key roles this week according to our Three to Focus On.

PFF Seahawks Stats

- Of the 12 playoff quarterbacks, Russell Wilson currently has the lowest postseason PFF QB Rating at 72.92.

- Seattle’s 68.8 Pass Blocking Efficiency ranks 9th of the 12 playoff teams.

- Of the eight qualifying 4-3 OLBs, Malcolm Smith and Bruce Irvin occupied the bottom spots in Yards per Cover Snap Allowed. Much of their yardage given up occurred late in the game while the Saints attempted to mount a comeback.

- Through the playoffs, Richard Sherman (39.6) and Byron Maxwell (44.8) have given up the 3rd and 5th lowest QB Ratings among 26 targeted corners.

Upcoming Opponent: San Francisco 49ers

- So far in the postseason, Vernon Davis has just 0.60 Yards Per Route Run, placing him 8th among nine qualifying tight ends.

- San Francisco has the 2nd best Pass Blocking Efficiency of any of the playoff teams this postseason, with a mark of 86.4.

- Justin Smith leads all playoff 3-4 DEs with his 13.9 Run Stop Percentage, and ranks 2nd in Pass Rush Productivity at 11.7.

- With four playoff sacks and seven hurries, Ahmad Brooks leads all 3-4 OLBs in Pass Rush Productivity with his score of 19.3.

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