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Kam Chancellor: "Yeah, I can get up there"; early primers on Seahawks-Packers for NFC title

Kam Chancellor prides himself on his basketball skills. He showed them Saturday night against Carolina when he astoundingly leaped completely over the field-goal snapper -- twice.

--Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has his weekly Monday press conference at noon today. streams those live on its site. Our weekly Monday Seahawks chat will begin as usual at 1 p.m. today here on the blog.

--The story on Sunday's NFC championship-game matchup, and the next-opponent info box I filed for today's News Tribune:



12:05 p.m. Sunday, CenturyLink Field

Against the Seahawks: Green Bay leads the series 10-6. That includes two previous postseason meetings, both in Green Bay and both Packers wins, in January 2004 and 2008. The Seahawks have won the last two games, both in the regular season at Seattle: This season’s opener Sept. 4 when the Seahawks won 36-16, and in September 2012, the “Fail Mary” pass from Russell Wilson to Golden Tate on the final play.

What to know: Aaron Rodgers is far from fully healthy. The 2011 NFL MVP, 2010 Super Bowl MVP and three-time Pro Bowl QB limped through the Packers’ win over Dallas Sunday with a partially torn calf he’s had since Week 15 last month. He 9 for 15 for 90 yards in the first half – then 15 for 20 for 226 yards and two of his three touchdown passes after halftime to rally Green Bay. … Rodgers is 6-4 with 22 touchdown passes and five interceptions in his playoff career. … Expect him to do what he did not in September against Seattle: Test Richard Sherman. He did not throw in the All-Pro cornerback’s direction one time in 36 drop backs in Week 1, leaving the 10 other Seahawks to defend just two-thirds of the field; his coach Mike McCarthy later admitted that was a mistake to not be more aggressive. … Eddie Lacy is the leading rusher with 1,139 yards and nine touchdowns in the regular season and 101 more yards last weekend. But he had his season low of 34 yards on 12 carries at Seattle in Week 1. “I could do that,” Seahawks DE Michael Bennett said after that game. … Green Bay began the season 1-2, when Rodgers went on the radio and told every Packer Backer to “R-E-L-A-X.” The Packers then won nine of their next 10. .. They averaged 21 points per game while going 4-4 on the road. They averaged 38 points while going 9-0 at home, including a 26-21 win over New England. … The Packers had the league’s 15th-ranked defense in the regular season, allowing 346 yards per game. They were 19th in scoring defense, 21.8 points allowed. … Their relative weakness has been in stopping the run. They were 23rd in rush defense, allowing 119.9 yards per game. Dallas’ Demarco Murray, the league’s leading rusher, gained 123 yards Sunday. Marshawn Lynch of Seattle’s No. 1 rushing offense had 110 yards against Green Bay in September. … OLB Clay Matthews has 11 of Green Bay’s 45 sacks. The Packers were ninth in sacks in the regular season.

Quotable: “I think I got 120 minutes left in me.” – Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who hobbled through the divisional-round win over Dallas with a partially torn calf. He was referring to the 60 this weekend in Seattle -- and, yes, 60 more in the Feb. 1 Super Bowl.

--My colleague Don Ruiz was in Green Bay yesterday, where he watched what Packers coach Mike McCarthy said was "a great playoff victory" for the Packers. He will be around Lambeau Field all week writing stories of Aaron Rodgers' calf and so much more all week in the News Tribune.

As I mentioned yesterday, whatever Rodgers did/took at halftime yesterday worked. Nine for 15, 90 yards passing in the first half, 15 for 20, 226 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns after halftime.

The Seahawks' quest to get after Rodgers with his apparently limited mobility will be a story all week.

--The Seahawks are favored by seven points by Nevada oddsmakers. New England is favored at home by the same margin over Indianapolis in the AFC championship game. For recreational purposes only, of course.

--TNT columnist John McGrath couldn't help himself. He had to bring up the Packers' scary -- for them -- recent history of playing in Seattle. Don't tell me you've already forgotten the "Fail Mary."

--Indianapolis cornerback Vontae Davis is the latest NFL player to say his team copied a Seahawks formula, this one to beat Peyton Manning and Denver yesterday. I thought Manning looked something of a shell of himself in the decisive home loss, skipping throws way low over the middle that he has historically completed with his eyes closed.

--The snap counts from Saturday night's game against Carolina show center Max Unger missed the final five snaps after he "turned," to use coach Pete Carroll's postgame word, the same ankle he sprained to keep him out the six previous games. I hope to learn more at Carroll's press conference at noon today how Unger looks for Sunday's game.

Ricardo Lockette stands to play far more than the 18 snaps he had last weekend, with rookie No. 3 wide receiver Paul Richardson now out likely into at least next fall with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. Rookie Kevin Norwood was inactive against the Panthers but is likely to be active against Green Bay. Or don't rule out the possibility the Seahawks go with taller reserve Chris Matthews over Norwood. The Packers' starting cornerbacks, Tramon Williams and Sam Shields, are each 5 feet 11. Nickel back Micah Hyde is six feet tall. Matthews is 6-5.

With Jordan Hill out for the season usual fullback Will Tukuafu got nine snaps as part of the rotation at defensive tackle with Demarcus Dobbs. Tukuafu was in the Panthers game as early as the second quarter.



--The Panthers game drew a 53.1 rating and whopping 80 share in the Seattle-Tacoma-Everett television market. That means 80 percent of all TVs turned on from 5:15 p.m. Saturday through the game's end were turned to the Seahawks. That tied for the highest share for the Seahawks season.

--Yes it's off topic amid Seahawks Mania, but really like this Dan Wetzel story on Yahoo! Sports about Nate Boyer, the Army Special Forces veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan hoping for a shot in the NFL after an extraordinary career as a walk-on kick snapper at Texas.

I mean, Boyer began fall practice for the Longhorns the day after getting back from getting shot at in Afghanistan, and few on his team had any idea. Kudos to former Longhorns coach Mack Brown and current one Charlie Strong.