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Morning Links: The day after the clinch

Good morning.

It took a couple tries, but the Seahawks were able to seal the NFC West title and the conference's top seed Sunday with a beatdown of the St. Louis Rams.

The playoffs are set. Seattle will host the NFC's lowest remaining seed Jan. 11 at 1:35 p.m. That will be either San Francisco, Green Bay or New Orleans.

The Seahawks tied the franchise record for wins, set in 2005, with 13. One of the more interesting stats: The Seahawks scored 417 points in the 2013 regular season (with the caveat the defense contributed significantly to the total). That's more than last year, third-most in the NFC and third-most in Seahawks history. The 1984 team scored one more point, and the 2005 Super Bowl team scored 35 more points. We have a truckload of stats and notes to look at here.

We'll chat today at 2 p.m.

Our links:

> Here's my game story.

> Our Dave Boling writes that the Seahawks built this banner year a game at a time.

> Our John McGrath says the Seahawks left the squawking to the Rams and let their play speak for them.

> Golden Tate set career-highs in receptions and receiving yards Sunday, plus Earl Thomas on receiving the Steve Largent Award and injury updates.

> The Rams did walk away with one thing Sunday: a high draft pick. St. Louis has two first-rounders next year, the No. 2 and No. 13 overall picks.

> Our photo gallery.

Other links:

> 710's Danny O'Neil writes that the offense is a concern heading into the playoffs.

> ESPN writes about the Seahawks keeping their cool during the game.

> Things we learned from the game via the Sports Xchange.

> Art Thiel writes that homefield is what it's about for the Seahawks.

> The Everett Herald writes the Seahawks still have work to do.

> The Herald also writes about Malcolm Smith's pick-six.

> Bernie Miklasz says the Rams love to act tough, but can't keep composure.

> Seahawks playoff tickets go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m.

> SI writes that the 49ers enter the playoffs this year with hardened resolve.