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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reaches up to grab a throw as he works out with the Texas Rangers during spring training baseball practice, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reaches up to grab a throw as he works out with the Texas Rangers during spring training baseball practice, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson opened up about why he wanted to join the Yankees, saying he was able to fulfill a promise to his father in doing so.

"The reason this is so special to me," Wilson told The MMQB's Peter King, "is that I used to always tell my dad I always wanted to be a Yankee. I said to him, 'Some day, Dad, I will be a Yankee.' And so now that dream has come true -- a little bit. My main, No. 1 focus is winning Super Bowls and winning football games. But the reality is that baseball has always been a major part of my life, and I couldn't be happier to be keeping that alive with the Yankees."

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning lines up behind center during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning lines up behind center during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It is already another lost season late in his career, undone by a startling lack of talent around him, and no one would blame Eli Manning if he finally let his frustrations boil over. Yes, he could play better, but it still might not matter when so much around him is going so unbelievably wrong.

It has to be agonizing, frustrating, infuriating. Yet there Manning was Sunday night, after one of the worst offensive performances of his career, the same picture of calmness as he's always been. He didn't lament the fact that he's lost four of his top five receivers, that his team can't run the ball consistently, or that his offensive line might get him killed.

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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson catches a touchdown pass over New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson catches a touchdown pass over New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- This is all that mattered to Landon Collins: On a throw from Russell Wilson in the fourth quarter, deep into the end zone, the Giants safety went up for the ball and came down with the ball.

"It was an interception," Collins said.

Except it wasn't.

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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman blocks a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Tavarres King in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman blocks a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Tavarres King in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Eli Manning and the New York Giants recorded 177 yards of total offense as they fell to 1-6 with a 24-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium.

A week after totaling 148 rushing yards against the Denver Broncos, New York's ground game recorded 46 rushing yards, led by Orleans Darkwa's 35. 

Russell Wilson threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns, including a 38-yard pass to Paul Richardson on a fourth-quarter flea flicker after Manning lost a fumble.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Giants (1-5) vs. the Seattle Seahawks (3-2) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 4:25 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It might actually feel a little like fall by kickoff: a day with temperatures in the low 70s with partly cloudy skies and some moderate Meadowlands winds should be in the 60s by kickoff, heading down from there.

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New York Giants offensive lineman D.J. Fluker (76) during a preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive lineman D.J. Fluker (76) during a preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard and G D.J. Fluker are expected to play despite their injuries, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Fluker was a late addition to the Giants' injury report as he has a knee injury. However, it isn't that severe to have him sidelined against the Seahawks.

Fluker has played in five of six games this year (starting in two) and helped the Giants run for 148 yards last week against the Broncos.

Shepard, who was out last week with an ankle injury, is ready to give the Giants the boost they need at wide receiver. Being the only Opening Day starter on the field, he should be targeted by QB Eli Manning throughout the game. 

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Sheldon Richardson (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Sheldon Richardson (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Jets' defensive linemen are adjusting to life without Sheldon Richardson after the franchise traded him to the Seattle Seahawks for wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, a 2018 second-round pick and swapped seventh-round picks.

Though Richardson was a former Pro Bowler, hesd coach Todd Bowles said the Jets' depth up front was a reason they could afford to trade the 26-year-old Richardson.

"That was our deepest position at the time," Bowles said, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. "Obviously, we have three other guys that can play and we have [Mike] Pennel that can play and we have Claude [Pelon] that can play. You don't replace a guy like that, you just do different things."

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Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Newly-acquired wide receiver Jermaine Kearse said he feels he has a lot to prove after the Seattle Seahawks traded him to the Jets for defensive end Sheldon Richardson.

"I'm here to do whatever I can to help this team win games," Kearse told reporters on Monday. "... I got a chip on my shoulder and I have a lot of things to prove."

The Jets acquired Kearse, who is entering his sixth season in the league, on Friday when they dealt Richardson, a 26-year-old Pro Bowl defensive end entering the final year of his contract, to the Seahawks. The Jets also received Seattle's 2018 second-round pick, and the two teams agreed to swap seventh-round picks.

"It was a good move for both parties," head coach Todd Bowles said on Monday. "... We needed an extra wide receiver, we needed an extra pick and they got a good player."

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Marc Malusis and Chris Lopresti debate the Giants chances to make a deep run in the NFL Playoffs with a top ranked defense.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The New York Giants' road to Super Bowl LI begins in Green Bay, the site of two of the greatest triumphs of Eli Manning's career.

Their trip to Lambeau Field became official hours after the Giants finished up their 11-5 season with an impressive 19-10 win in Washington on Sunday afternoon. When the Packers (10-6) defeated the Detroit Lions 31-24 Sunday night, they clinched the NFC North title and the No. 4 seed in the NFC. That set up a date with the fifth-seeded Giants in the wild-card round Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET.

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Running back Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants celebrates his fourth-quarter winning touchdown during the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn/USA Today Sports Images)
Running back Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants celebrates his fourth-quarter winning touchdown during the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn/USA Today Sports Images)

While the New York Giants are still alive in the postseason and head to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers in the NFC wild-card round, their 2017 opponents became official on Sunday.

The Giants will have four road games on the West Coast next season, traveling to face the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders. 

In addition to home and road games against their division rivals, New York will travel to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next year.

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Marc Malusis and Jon Hein talk about the Giants? chances against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at Lambeau Field in their wild-card matchup.

The New York Giants will face the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in the NFC wild-card round on Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET in their first playoff appearance since winning Super Bowl XLVI.

Despite their 11-5 record being tied for second best in the NFC, the Giants are the No. 5 seed in the playoffs after they finished second in the NFC East to the 13-3 Dallas Cowboys. 

The Packers, who have won six in a row, finished 10-6 and are the No. 4 seed following their 31-24 win over the Lions on Sunday at Ford Field.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Eli Manning, Green Bay Packers, Odell Beckham Jr., Seattle Seahawks
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THE GAME: The Seattle Seahawks (2-1) at the Jets (1-2) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m.

THE WEATHER: The current forecast calls for a gray fall day with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60s. There is at least some chance of a sprinkle or two, though, so it may not be completely dry.

ACTIVE/INACTIVE: Jets: Active: Quincy Enunwa, as expected, starts at WR for Eric Decker (shoulder) out. Also inactive: Jalin Marshall (shoulder); QB Bryce Petty, WR Jalin Marshall (shoulder), CB Darryl Roberts, OT Bradon Shell, and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

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Sep 25, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) dances on the sidelines during the third quarter during a game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks won 37-18. (Troy Wayrynen)
Sep 25, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) dances on the sidelines during the third quarter during a game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks won 37-18. (Troy Wayrynen)

During the season, Bent's Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling a breakdown of what to watch out for on gameday…

The Jets' ill-fated trip to Kansas City left the coaching staff with plenty to work on as they seek to avoid falling into a 1-3 hole to start the season. The Seahawks come to town having navigated a sluggish start to the year on offense to emerge with a 2-1 record. The teams last met in Seattle in 2012 where the Jets defense kept them in the game until the fourth quarter before Golden Tate sparked the Seahawks to rally for a 28-7 win. Can the Jets get their season back on track by beating a team that was expected to be one of the best in the NFC this year?

After the jump, I break down the positional groupings (BGA style!) to try and highlight what to watch out for.

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Vacc's 3 Keys: Seahawks-Jets 00:03:05
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano believes the Jets must contain Christine Michael and the Seahawks' running game in order to win Sunday.

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THE GAME: The Seattle Seahawks (2-1) at the Jets (1-2) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m.

THE WEATHER: The weekend rain and wind should have moved through in time for kickoff, so the current forecast calls for a gray fall day with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60s. There is at least some chance of a sprinkle or two, though, so it may not be completely dry.

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson rolls out on a passing play during the third quarter in a game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. (Troy Wayrynen/USA Today Sports Images)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson rolls out on a passing play during the third quarter in a game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. (Troy Wayrynen/USA Today Sports Images)

Russell Wilson has never missed a start in his NFL career and he is fully intent on keeping that streak going.

The Seattle quarterback is dealing with a sprained left knee but vows to be on the field when the Seahawks visit the New York Jets on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, FOX).

Wilson suffered damage to the medial collateral ligament while being tackled by San Francisco linebacker Eli Harold in last Sunday's victory over the 49ers. He began rehabbing the knee almost immediately and was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reacts after being injured in the third quarter in a game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. (Troy Wayrynen/USA Today Sports Images)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reacts after being injured in the third quarter in a game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. (Troy Wayrynen/USA Today Sports Images)

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson suffered a sprained MCL in Sunday's win over the San Francisco 49ers and his status for next week's Seahawks-Jets game has yet to be determined, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

"I don't think it's severe as it looked," Wilson said. "I have good mobility. ... You always feel better when you win."

Wilson threw for 243 yards and one touchdown, and had one three-yard rush in Sunday's 37-18 win.

The Jets host the Seahawks next Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Wide receiver Percy Harvin has a low-ankle sprain after his X-rays came back negative on Monday (ESPN, December 8).

Harvin was injured in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter of the Jets 30-24 loss against the Minnesota Vikings - arguably his best game since being traded from the Seattle Seahawks with five catches for 124 yards and a touchdown.

He was in a walking boot Monday after the good news that it wasn't a high-ankle sprain, which usually takes several weeks of recovery.

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With the Giants down Victor Cruz for this season and possibly part of next, many Giant fans may be wondering this morning why their team did not try to land Seattle Seahawks KR/WR Percy Harvin when his availability became known. Instead, it was the Jets who swung the deal.

The Giants are in need of a top WR, no doubt, but there are a bunch of reasons for the Giants to pass on Harvin.

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By Jon Wagner

In winding down a lost season, the New York Giants lost by 23 points for the second straight week on Sunday -- this time, they turned back the clock to the type of offensive futility that Giants fans haven?t suffered through since the mid-1990s.

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The Seattle Seahawks, led by CB Richard Sherman, have the NFL's top-rated defense.

The Giants (5-8) try to make a stand at respectability when they host the NFC's top seed, the Seattle Seahawks (11-2), this afternoon at MetLife Stadium.

Kickoff: 1:00pm Eastern

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It has been a long, and frustrating season for the New York Giants offense. From the inability to run the ball for a majority of the year, to Eli Manning and the receiving core failing to find any sort of chemistry to generate points.

If there has been just one positive this season, it's?been worth every penny; and that is the play of Victor Cruz, who signed a five-year contract extension worth more than $43 million in July and may be worth way more than that after the struggles of the Giants offense came full-circle.

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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is coming back to the Meadowlands this week, a place he knows very well having coached both the Jets and the Patriots in the 1990's. A west-coast guy by nature, Carroll has spent this millennium coaching at USC and now the Seahawks.

He's coming back to the area with the NFC's top-rated team and will play this Sunday in the stadium that will host the Super Bowl in less than two months.

"No, we?re not looking at it that way," Carroll told reporters Wednesday. "We?re just trying to get there and get focused on this game and take care of business and we?ve talked about that a long ways down the road.? That really shouldn?t be in our business at all right now."

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Another shift in the rankings this week as we witnessed the New Orleans Saints being taken down by the New England Patriots late yesterday, and in turn, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers both churning out victories. This week, we will take a look at the rankings by the numbers, as they do a justified job of telling the story in the NFC. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 6...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(5-1):? The number - 11?- The number of consecutive games the Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson have won at home. They always talk about the 12th man on the field, but playing in Seattle may be the hardest thing any team has to do all season. If the Seahawks can claim home-field advantage in the NFC, they?just might?the easiest road to the Super Bowl. Even with?five fumbles?yesterday against the Tennessee Titans and no touchdowns for Wilson, the Seahawks were able to rattle off their fifth win of the season. Ranking last week: 2

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Another brutal week for some teams in a Sunday that was packed with upsets and several close calls that resulted in late game finishes. The Detroit Lions were the biggest surprise of the weekend, as they forced three turnovers from the undefeated Chicago Bears in a win that ties them atop the NFC North. The Washington Redskins finally notched their first win of the season, while the Eagles, Cowboys and Giants all suffered losses. Last night, New Orleans hosted the Miami Dolphins and completed the rout that pushed them to 4-0; making a case that they will strongly compete for the NFC conference (the Saints meet the Seattle Seahawks in week 13 in a much anticipated matchup).? Here are my NFC Power Rankings for Week 4...

?1. Seattle Seahawks?(4-0): Not much to say except that the Seahawks were handed?a gift on Sunday?against the Houston Texans.?What looked like their first loss of the season was anything but that. Down 20-3, the Seahawks were able to rally and beat the Texans in?overtime.?A key play;?CB Richard Sherman picked off?Texans QB Matt Schaub for a touchdown?in the?fourth quarter on a poorly thrown?ball and an even worse play call by Houston. Seattle has shown that it can win tight games and faces a tough test next week when they travel to Indianapolis to face?Andrew Luck and the Colts.?Seattle's 62-point score?differential speaks for itself; this team?can score and their defense is one?of the best in the NFL.??Ranking last week: 1

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Rookie quarterbacks Robert Griffin III of Washington and Russell Wilson of Seattle lead their teams into the playoffs. Griffin (102.4) and Wilson (100.0) are the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to post a 100.0+ passer rating.

Both rookie QBs have been complemented by strong running games. For the Redskins, rookie running back Alfred Morris finished second in the NFL with a team-record 1,613 rushing yards. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lunch ranked third in the league with 1,590 yards and was selected to his second Pro Bowl (first with Seattle).

Seattle and Washington enter the postseason as two of the hottest teams in the league. The Seahawks have won five in a row and seven of their past eight while the Redskins are riding a seven-game winning streak and are the fifth team in NFL history to make the playoffs after a 3-6 start.

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The 1-3 Seattle Seahawks are in New Jersey this afternoon to face the 3-1 New York Giants. The Seahawks, led by safety Earl Thomas (above) are coming off a tough home loss to Atlanta in which QB Tavaris Jackson threw for 319 yards. Last week, the Giants put together a 4th quarter rally to nip the Cardinals in Arizona, 31-27.

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Here is the latest injury report for the Seattle Seahawks and the New York Giants, who face each other this Sunday at MetLife Stadium:

Seahawks

Out: G Robert Gallery (groin), WR Mike Williams (concussion) Doubtful: CB Byron Maxwell (ankle), LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring) Questionable: S Kam Chancellor (quadricep), WR Kris Durham (hamstring), CB Marcus Trufant (back) Probable: DT Tony Hargrove (hamstring), TE Zach Miller (knee)

Giants

Out: CB Prince Amukamara (foot), C David Baas (neck) Doubtful: RB Brandon Jacobs (knee), DE Justin Tuck (groin, neck) Probable: DT Rocky Bernard (ribs), LB Michael Boley (knee), DE Osi Umenyiora (knee)
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from CBS Sports:

Eli Manning and the New York Giants are surging, and they have beaten the Seattle Seahawks by a combined 72 points over the teams' last two meetings.

The Giants will try to stretch their win streak to four straight Sunday and hand the Seahawks a seventh consecutive road loss.

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from The Olympian:

?I asked how many of our guys have played in New York,? Carroll told reporters this week. ?And a few guys raised their hands, and I said, ?Well, we?re playing in New Jersey.? ?

?No matter what sport you?re in, when you play in New York it?s a cool thing,? Carroll said. ?It just always has been because of the great history and the tradition of those games. ? It was great to be there coaching there and competing there, and it?s great to go back and battle with them.?

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The Giants have had their way with the Seattle Seahawks the past few seasons, crunching them twice, but some are warning the winds of change may be-a blowin'....from John Boyle of the Kitsap Sun:

Coaches like to say that past results have no bearing on the next game. The Seahawks certainly hope that holds true Sunday.

Against the New York Giants last season, Seattle fell behind 35-0 at halftime on the way to 41-7 home loss. In 2008, the Seahawks lost 44-6 in New York. Both games rank amongst the most lopsided losses in franchise history.

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from Danny O'Neil of The Seattle Times:

"....the Giants have been a measuring stick for better and for worse over the past six seasons. Seattle beat New York twice in the span of 10 months, a pair of regular-season victories sandwiched around the Super Bowl appearance, establishing the high-water mark of the franchise?s greatest success. The Giants helped illuminate the floor, as well, with Seattle suffering two lopsided losses over the past three years to show how far this franchise had fallen.

Seattle will travel across the country this week, hoping to summon some momentum as it faces a Giants team that is riding a three-game winning streak.

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The Bears have not faced the Packers in the playoffs since the week after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.....

On behalf of everyone who wanted logic and good sense to prevail?. thank you, Chicago Bears.

The Seattle Seahawks (8-10) never belonged in this year?s NFC playoffs (let alone as a four seed), and while the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints couldn?t prove that in Seattle last week, the Bears (12-5) did, with an easy 35-24 divisional playoff win over Seattle at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday afternoon.

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The second-seeded Chicago Bears (11-5) host the surprising 8-9 Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Divisional Playoff round on Sunday afternoon.

The Seahawks and Bears meet for 2nd time in postseason. Bears won 2006 NFC Divisional (27-24, OT). Clubs met in Week 6 (Sea. 23-20). Seahawks lead all-time series, incl. playoffs, 8-5.

Kickoff: 1:00pm ET Site: Soldier Field Surface: Grass

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The NFC Divisional Playoffs will take place this weekend with a combination of teams that no one - and I mean no one - could have predicted before the season.

Only one of the top four preseason NFC favorites to win Super Bowl XLV are still alive: the sixth-seeded Green Bay Packers.? They were listed as second favorites by Bodog at 12-1 along with the Minnesota Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys.

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The Seattle Seahawks finished the NFL season at 7-9 to end a rather disappointing first campaign for head coach Pete Carroll.? But, thanks to the other dysfunctional teams in the soft NFC West, that was enough to win the division and grab a playoff berth.

By design, division winners are awarded at least one home game in the post season. In a situation that lined up perfectly for the Seahawks, they drew the injury-riddled, defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card round and managed to sideswipe them to advance to the Divisional playoffs.

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Three local writers provide analysis of Sunday's game:

Mike Tanier, NY Times:?Great teams do not win close games. Great teams win blowouts, then go a little better than .500 in close games. The Giants blew out Carolina and Houston, and their wins over Chicago and Dallas were not as close as the score. If they can figure out how to punt and cover punts properly, and if they get a few breaks on tip-drill interceptions (the official count is at seven), the Giants could easily be the best team in the N.F.L. Even with those flaws/misfortunes, they are pretty close. Bad luck may be partly to blame for the tipped passes, but that does not mean the Giants will leave them to chance. ?I think it comes back to the basics of football and route running,? the receivers coach Sean Ryan told reporters. ?If the route is supposed to be run at 12 yards, don?t run it at 11 so that Eli knows where we?re going to be.? As for Matt Dodge, he is gaining confidence, and the Jets? Steve Weatherford took some heat off? him with his failed Gale Sayers impersonation last week. The way New York punters are going, Jeff Feagles will be elected mayor in 2012. A few more blowouts, and the Giants could start getting some national attention, assuming Randy Moss does not smash a grapefruit into someone?s face.

Sean Brennan, Daily News: The Giants seemingly have almost everything going for them in this game. A monstrous pass rush that treats opposing quarterbacks like rag dolls (see: Tony Romo), own a solid ground game and are facing a team coming off a 33-3 loss to the Raiders. But the Seahawks are a completely different team at home. This season they own a 3-0 ledger at Quest Field and have outscored their opponents, 80-36. Couple that with the decibel factor in what is widely considered the noisiest stadium in the land (the Giants were flagged for 11 false start penalties there in 2005) and the Jints penchant for turnovers (Eli Manning's 11 INTs are tied for the league high and Big Blue has logged 10 fumbles in their last seven games) and this could turn into a long afternoon for the Giants. However, on talent alone the Giants, who have never won at Quest Field and have dropped their last four games in Seattle overall, should prevail, especially with Charlie Whitehurst playing QB for Seattle.

Dave Blezow, New York Post: The Giants are riding a four-game winning streak and have to deal with the cross-country trip off a bye. That screams ?stale.? And the absence of Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck could add as much to the Giants? overconfidence as it does to the spread. But although the Seahawks are 3-0 at home by a combined 80-36, they are beaten up after their 33-3 loss at Oakland. Can?t see them staying within 10 of Big Blue with Charlie Whitehurst at the controls.
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Here are some reality checks from Clare Farnsworth of the Seahawks.com blog...
False starts. It?s a timely topic with the New York Giants coming to Qwest Field on Sunday to play the Seahawks.

No one who was there can forget the 11 false-start penalties against the Giants in their 2005 game at Qwest ? including the Giants. They followed that with three more in their game at Qwest the next season. That?s 14 of the league-high 99 false-start penalties against visiting teams at Qwest in the past 5? seasons (Mall of America Field in Minneapolis is second with 89).

?We?re 0-2 since I?ve been here out there,? Giants right guard Chris Snee told reporters who cover the team on Monday. ?The last time, 13 penalties, something insane like that.?

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