Seahawks' Baldwin fights off hip injury to be pain in 49ers’ neck

Staff writerJanuary 19, 2014 

Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin returns a kick off for 69 yards in the third quarter Sunday.

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— After Sunday’s game at CenturyLink Field, Doug Baldwin called his hip injury “significant.”

It did not compare to the plays the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver made during Sunday’s 23-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.

Baldwin’s 51-yard reception in the second quarter was the longest of the day for the Seahawks — and his most painful. He tried to get off the field after being tackled by two 49ers defenders, but he didn’t make it all the way to the sideline.

After eventually jogging off, Baldwin went to the locker room with a significant limp. He returned less than 10 minutes later. He finished the day with six catches for a season-high 106 yards and added a 69-yard kickoff return.

His biggest game of the season came in the team’s biggest game thus far.

“The guys that are in our receiver room, they’re very talented,” Baldwin said. “They’re unselfish players.”

Baldwin has been riding a theme of disrespect this season. He watched ESPN before Sunday’s game and heard himself and his fellow receivers referred to as “appetizers” by former receivers Cris Carter and Keyshawn Johnson.

“I’ll take that,” Baldwin said. “I’ll be an appetizer. But that’s a good ... appetizer, if you ask me.”

OUT-OF-BOUNDS CONTACT

Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane is one of the best gunners in the league, and the 49ers used an extra opponent during one punt.

Lane was pushed out of bounds as he tried to sprint down the San Francisco sideline. A person in street clothes on the sideline hit Lane, knocking him down. Lane scrambled to get back up and sprinted toward his target. The referees did not notice the illegal interaction.

“On the second punt, I went out of bounds, and some guy hit me,” Lane said. “I was upset about it. I seen him when he did this out of the periphery, but I did not know what happened. I was waiting for the next opportunity (to say something), but I never went over there.”

CHANCELLOR MENACING

Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor clobbered San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis again. Chancellor had delivered a vicious shot to Davis last season that was called a personal foul.

There was no flag Sunday when Davis and Chancellor met again.

“If you’re running at me, and I am running at you,” Chancellor said, “it’s going to be a nasty scene.”

EXTRA POINTS

Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell left the game for a few plays before being cleared to return. … A week after starting at left guard, rookie Michael Bowie was a healthy inactive Sunday. James Carpenter replaced him as the starter and shared time with Paul McQuistan. That was a return to the approach the Seahawks had used most of the season. … The 68,454 tickets distributed was a CenturyLink Field record, surpassing last week’s 68,388 in attendance for the divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. ... Seahawks owner Paul Allen raised the 12th Man flag. ... Seattle hip-hop artist Macklemore performed at halftime.

todddybas@thenewstribune.com; blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks

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