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.
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> 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.
> 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.
> 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.