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Morning Links: A day away

Good morning.

A lot happening as we're just a day away from the game, so let's get to it:

Seahawks links from the TNT:

> I wrote about Percy Harvin's return for today's paper. We've heard a lot this week about Rob Ryan's tendency to blitz -- though he backed off it against Philadelphia -- and that style caught Harvin's attention.

"What I noticed, they do a lot of zero blitzing," Harvin said. "What that means is no safety over the top. So as the receivers on third downs, that’s where we’re looking to cash in at. We feel like man-to-man, one-on-one, we feel confident that we can beat it.”

That possibility increased greatly with his return.

> Also some notes on Walter Jones becoming a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Marshawn Lynch's time with the media and a variety of updates from the Saints.

> Speaking of the Saints, our Don Ruiz writes about former Seahawk David Hawthorne, who is finally healthy and adding speed to the Saints' linebacker group.

> Also, Ruiz, a New Orleans native, writes about the evolution of the Saints from a bag-over-your-head franchise to a force in the league.

Seahawks links:

> The Everett Herald writes not to worry about Russell Wilson because history shows he steps up.

> 710 ESPN writes that Percy Harvin is the "wild card" this Saturday.

> Linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. talks about his father's influence.

> Here's some more on Walter Jones from Seahawks.com.

> Two seismometers have been installed at CenturyLink Field for the game.

> Heavy wind and rain are expected this weekend.

> Mike Sando writes about the intimidation factor presented by Kam Chancellor.

> CBS' Pete Prisco writes that Byron Maxwell is a key for the Seahawks.

Saints links:

> Monday Morning Quarterback writes about wide receiver Marques Colston, who moved from being viewed as a practice squad player to a key part of the Saints offense.

> Sean Payton is still trying to figure out how to replicate the CenturyLink Field atmosphere.

Around the league:

> Divisional-round storylines from Sports Illustrated.

> NFL.com breaks down the 15 finalists for the Hall of Fame.

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