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How paths might have changed under expanded NFL playoffs

The NFL’s decision to expand the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams this season could have a major impact on the league based on how things have played out in …


UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

NFL team owners vote to expand playoffs by two teams

NFL team owners voted to expand the playoffs by one team in each conference for next season.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Bob Condotta: Examining the future for Seahawks’ 19 pending unrestricted free agents

The offseason started earlier than the Seahawks were hoping, Seattle’s season ending with Sunday’s 28-23 loss to the Packers in a divisional playoff game.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Matt Calkins: The Seahawks were held back by their depleted defense this season. Here’s how they can fix that.

Coaching football generally requires a comprehension of complexities that exceed those of other sports. The schemes, the formations, the details, the adjustments – they’re pretty much unrivaled when you compare …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 12, 2020

Larry Stone: In the end, time simply ran out on the Seahawks’ season

There they were at the end, right where they always seem to be, with a chance to steal another victory. There they were, waiting for quarterback Russell Wilson to conjure …


Chiefs, Packers join 49ers, Titans in conference championship round

San Francisco will host Green Bay after the Packers held on to edge undermanned Seattle 28-23 at Lambeau Field on Sunday. These teams met in November, a 37-8 romp for …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 12, 2020

Seahawks come up short against Packers, but Pete Carroll looks to the future

Instead of fretting about how close they were to what might have been the greatest comeback in team history — a dropped pass here, a controversial spot of the ball …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 11, 2020

Titans stun Ravens, head to AFC title game with 28-12 win

Derrick Henry gained 195 yards rushing and threw a 3-yard touchdown pass in the Tennessee Titans’ 28-12 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 11, 2020

49ers win 1st playoff game in 6 years, 27-10 over Vikings

Jimmy Garoppolo threw a TD pass on his opening drive as a playoff starter and then watched San Francisco’s defense and running game take over from there in the 49ers’ …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 11, 2020

Legacies in limbo: QBs Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers face contrasting pressures to win

Two quarterbacks. Two legacies. Two levels of pressure to win this game.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 11, 2020

Deshaun Watson vs. Patrick Mahomes headlines Texans-Chiefs playoff tilt

The Kansas City Chiefs picked Patrick Mahomes over Deshaun Watson in the NFL draft a couple of years ago and the decision has worked out quite well for them.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 10, 2020

Baltimore Ravens, Lamar Jackson launch playoff run against underdog Tennessee Titans

The top-seeded Baltimore Ravens have home-field advantage and Lamar Jackson on their side when they open their playoff run against the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 10, 2020

49ers’ Kyle Shanahan, Vikings’ Kirk Cousins on opposite sides for NFC playoff meeting

Coach Kyle Shanahan once thought he’d have Kirk Cousins as his quarterback when he led the San Francisco 49ers back to the playoffs


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 10, 2020

Matt LaFleur has made big impact in 1st year as Packers coach

Matt LaFleur is one year into his tenure as head coach of the Green Bay Packers.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 10, 2020

Seattle Seahawks hoping history doesn’t repeat itself again in Green Bay

Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright didn’t need to be reminded of his personal history playing in Green Bay and never walking out of Lambeau Field with a victory.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Matt Calkins: Controversy aside, Jadeveon Clowney is a defensive force – and he’s been crucial to the Seahawks’ run

When Clowney is healthy, he has had more impact on the Seahawks’ success than anybody not named Russell Wilson.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

Feed the Beast: Marshawn Lynch the focus of Pete Carroll’s plan to fix Seahawks’ running woes

One change on the horizon as Seattle prepares for a divisional playoff game Sunday at Green Bay: play Marshawn Lynch more.


Larry Stone: Seahawks keep defying odds on the road

Maybe the Seahawks can really pull this off. Maybe they can keep churning out these “bumpy” victories, to use coach Pete Carroll’s term, where you wait in vain for them …


Top-seed Ravens focus on now, not then, in playoff vs. Titans

There’s really nothing about the past that interests the Baltimore Ravens in relation to their playoff game against the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 5, 2020

NFL’s top seeds ready to step in after wild wild-card round

Working overtime paid off for Minnesota and Houston this weekend. Seattle avoided the extra session and made it a wild-card bonanza, with three of the four road teams winning.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 5, 2020

Cousins, Vikings upend Saints 26-20 in OT in NFC playoffs

Kirk Cousins hit tight end Kyle Rudolph with a 4-yard fade on third-and-goal in overtime, and the Minnesota Vikings pulled out a 26-20 victory over the Saints in the wild-card …


Pressure nothing new for Philadelphia Eagles as they prepare for Seattle Seahawks in NFC wild-card game

The Philadelphia Eagles have been playing must-win games for a month to get to this point so playoff pressure won’t be anything new.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020

Derrick Henry, Titans stun Patriots 20-13 in wild-card upset

Derrick Henry rushed for 182 yards and a touchdown while Tennessee’s defense stymied Tom Brady and perhaps ended his championship-filled New England career with a 20-13 wild-card victory Saturday night.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020

AFC wild card: Houston Texans roar past Bills for 22-19 win in OT

Deshaun Watson spun out of a would-be sack and coolly completed a pass that set up the winning field goal in overtime as the Texans rallied from a double-digit second-half …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020

NFL wild card: Vikings-Saints playoff clash features Dalvin Cook & Alvin Kamara show

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook and Saints rusher Alvin Kamara look to play pivotal roles when New Orleans hosts Minnesota in the wild-card round of the NFC playoffs.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll savors another playoff trip after decade in Seattle

When Pete Carroll was informed that nearly 10 years to the day had passed since he was announced as the Seattle Seahawks head coach, the normally effusive coach was momentarily …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Seahawks’ Jadeveon Clowney, Quandre Diggs not on injured list ahead of NFL wild-card game against Philadelphia

Diggs started against the Eagles in a 17-9 Seattle win on Nov. 24 in which the Seahawks forced five turnovers. He also started against the Eagles while still with Detroit …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

Matt Calkins: Nobody intrigues Seattle sports fans like Marshawn Lynch

With Marshawn Lynch re-signing with the Seahawks, these past nine days have been among the wilder ones in franchise history. But they also confirmed something – that nobody intrigues Seattle …


Patriots to play in wild-card game, Chiefs get AFC’s No. 2 seed

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will be playing in the postseason a week earlier than usual this year. The defending Super Bowl champs open the playoffs during wild-card …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 22, 2019

Arizona Cardinals roll past playoff-bound Seahawks in 27-13 victory

Kenyan Drake rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns and the Arizona Cardinals may have ended Seattle’s chances the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs with a 27-13 win …