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49ers capitalize as Cards crumble

SAN FRANCISCO – The Arizona Cardinals threw away a chance to clinch a second straight NFC West crown. Alex Smith threw touchdown passes after two of Arizona’s seven turnovers, Frank …


Hawks were, too, that bad

RENTON, Wash. – Jim Mora’s optimism is ebbing. The Seahawks coach didn’t have the same fiery emotion and frustration Monday as he did immediately after his team’s most lopsided loss …


Texans hand Seattle worst loss of year

HOUSTON – To call a loss the worst of the season for the Seahawks is saying quite a bit. Seattle, after all, had lost six games by double digits this …


Colts respond for record day

INDIANAPOLIS – Peyton Manning watched disbelievingly as one pass after another hit the ground Sunday. Then he demonstrated how an undefeated team survives the perfect storm.


Curry has hip pointer

HOUSTON – Relieved isn’t the right word to describe linebacker Aaron Curry after Sunday’s game. Curry had to hold his breath to bear the pain of lifting up his right …


Marshall catches record

Brandon Marshall set a single-game record with 21 receptions in Denver’s 28-16 loss to Indianapolis on Sunday. “I believe it was one of those games where, whenever you accomplish something …


Browns pretty much eliminate Steelers

CLEVELAND – There’s nothing Super about the Pittsburgh Steelers anymore. The defending NFL champions lost their fifth straight and had their playoff hopes sacked by the lowly Cleveland Browns, who …


This old Mare can really kick

RENTON, Wash. – Put a game on the line with one swing of his leg, send 11 men charging after him, throw in some wind – and Olindo Mare stays …


Seahawks’ Hasselbeck grows weary of injury talk

RENTON, Wash. – Matt Hasselbeck is back practicing with the Seahawks – and tired of talking about his health. The 34-year-old three-time Pro Bowl quarterback practiced Thursday, after taking another …


Packers prevail

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The standings say the Green Bay Packers are in good shape for the playoffs. But Monday night’s victory over the Baltimore Ravens showed they still have …


Seahawks’ adjusted goal: a winning record

RENTON, Wash. – Matt Hasselbeck is goal-oriented. Right now, that leaves him and his Seahawks in an altered state. Seattle’s captain and three-time Pro Bowl quarterback has stopped talking about …


Seahawks’ field goal on final play beats 49ers

SEATTLE – Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck’s shoulder was sore, Seattle’s offense was running as cold as the weather and the Seahawks saw the game slipping through their fingers. Or at least …


Seattle sheds GM Ruskell

RENTON, Wash. – Tim Ruskell has been pushed out as president and general manager of the Seahawks, leaving the door open for Mike Holmgren’s possible return to Seattle. Ruskell announced …


Ruskell resigns as Seahawks GM, president

Tim Ruskell began his tenure as Seahawks president and general manager with the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance.


Saints dissect Pats, stay perfect

NEW ORLEANS – With one pinpoint throw after another, Drew Brees put New Orleans’ pursuit of perfection into overdrive and left Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the …


Seahawks’ ground game paces win over Rams

ST. LOUIS — The Seattle Seahawks needed 1 yard to start the fourth quarter, and coach Jim Mora needed an answer from his offense. “He asked us what we wanted …


Falcons, Eagles lose stars to injuries

Atlanta lost offensive stars Matt Ryan and Michael Turner to injuries Sunday, and the Falcons wouldn’t say how serious they are. Ryan, the second-year quarterback, hurt his big right toe …


Young rallies Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans coach Jeff Fisher summed up what everyone just saw. “You guys don’t mind if I sit down and do this do you? OK. Wow! What a …


Seahawks looking to see where they stand

Seattle’s search for the bottom of a two-year trough resumes on Sunday in St. Louis. How low can Seattle go?


Playoffs in sight for Packers

DETROIT – The Detroit Lions used to take a lot of pride in playing on Thanksgiving. Lately, the Lions have been getting embarrassed when the nation tunes in to watch …


Cowboys’ offense scorches Raiders

ARLINGTON, Texas – Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys had their way with the Oakland Raiders, piling up their most yards of the season and getting another solid performance from …


Roethlisberger not worried about concussion

Ben Roethlisberger played one of the worst games of his NFL career one week after sustaining a concussion in 2006. He is days removed from his fourth concussion in four …


Broncos end losing streak

DENVER – The Denver Broncos still have their troubles with the red zone and yellow flags. The dark cloud that hung over them during their month of misery, though, is …


Seahawks going light on Curry

RENTON, Wash. – Forgive Aaron Curry if he sits back and savors the unexpected breather the Seahawks are about to give him. He’s had so many life changes since April, …


Jackson doing it by himself at St. Louis

RENTON, Wash. – Steven Jackson was simply answering a question about his starting quarterback being injured, but his words summed up an unfortunate reality for the St. Louis Rams. “It’s …


Seahawks must overcome culture of losing

RENTON – As if the game-to-game struggles of the Seahawks haven’t been enough to worry about, another concern seems to be creeping into the minds of the team’s leaders and …


Little goes right in Seahawks’ blowout loss to Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS – So much for progress. When the Seahawks lost last week, at least they saw signs of improvement in defeat. The offense made strides, particularly in the run game, …


New NFL rules coming for head injuries

The NFL soon will have its teams work with independent neurologists on concussion issues. Commissioner Roger Goodell will implement the policy as soon as details can be worked out. The …


Forsett becomes major force for Seattle

RENTON, Wash. – Justin Forsett has carried many labels in his football career. Undersized, under-recruited, too slow, role player. … You get the idea.


Williams leads surging Dolphins

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – He may be 32, but Ricky Williams is far from done. And even without Ronnie Brown, the once written-off Miami Dolphins are back in the playoff picture. …