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Morning Links: Seahawks have stranglehold on NFC

Good morning.

Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas walked off the field in celebration shouting directly into a television camera to end the night.

"When we prove what we know is true, we’re going to let you know about it," Thomas said.

If that doesn't sum up how things went Monday night, not sure what does. Seahawks 34, Saints 7.

The Seahawks have a two-game lead for homefield advantage with four games to go. They also hold the tiebreakers over New Orleans and Carolina, having beaten both. Plus, those teams still have two games remaining against each other.

So, Seattle is on the edge of clinching the NFC's top seed and gaining the benefit of hosting the playoffs on a field where it has won 14 consecutive games.

Saints remaining schedule:vs. Carolinaat St. Louisat Carolinavs. Tampa Bay

Carolina remaining schedule:at New Orleansvs. New York Jetsvs. New Orleansat Atlanta

The Seahawks would have to go 1-3 the rest of the way and either New Orleans or Carolina would have to win out to take the top seed from the Seahawks.

Seattle now leads the NFC in points scored. It is second in points against and has won seven consecutive games.

Our stuff:

> Dave Boling says the Seahawks leave no doubt they are Super Bowl contenders.

> John McGrath says the Seahawks and Russell Wilson show they are the league's best.

> Here's my game story from Monday night on the Seahawks beating the blitz and using base D to beat Brees.

> Here's my notebook leading with Michael Bennett's touchdown.

> The Saints gave credit to the Seahawks, but also blamed themselves for errors.

> Our photo gallery from the game.

Elsewhere:

> Peter King writes about the "slaughter in Seattle."

> The Everett Herald says the Seahawks make a statement with win over the Saints.

> The Herald also writes that the Seahawks opened up the passing game with the Saints focused on Marshawn Lynch.

> Seahawks.com says the Seahawks are in the playoffs, but hardly satisfied.

> ESPN says nothing can slow down Seattle.

> Here's Russell Wilson postgame:> USA Today also goes with the "Seahawks made a statement" angle.

> NFL.com says the Saints are down, but not out and wonders about Russell Wilson's MVP chances.

> NFL.com also goes down the rumor path, saying Percy Harvin could be out until the playoffs, Antoine Winfield could be in Seattle on Tuesday, or Perrish Cox could comeback.

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