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Morning links: Reaction to Hawks 24-14 win

Good morning. We’ll host our regular Monday Morning Football live chat at 1 p.m. this afternoon, so join us if your have Seahawks-related questions about Sunday’s game.

I thought we’d take a quick look at Seattle’s upcoming NFC divisional matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution offers an initial break down of the contest here.

The two teams met last year at CenturyLink Field, with the Falcons holding off a late charge by the Seahawks for a 30-28 win on Oct. 2, 2011. Steven Hauschka attempted a 61-yard field goal as time expired, with his effort falling well short.

The Seahawks are 8-5 all-time against the Falcons. The last time Seattle travelled to Atlanta, they lost 44-41 on Dec. 30, 2007. The Seahawks are 4-2 in Atlanta.

Atlanta head coach Mike Smith is the franchise’s all-time winningest coach, but has yet to win a playoff game. The Falcons are 0-3 during Smith’s tenure in Atlanta.

Here’s my game story. Even though Seattle got down early 14-0 – the team’s largest deficit so far this season – the Seahawks didn’t panic. “You can’t win this game in the first quarter,” Seattle fullback Michael Robinson said. “And we understand that. You’ve just got to keep fighting and plugging away. It’s all about what that score says at the end of the fourth quarter.”

Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that the much-anticipated face off between Robert Griffin and Russell Wilson never materialized, with the Seahawks once again leaning on the sturdy running legs of Marshawn Lynch.

Seattle’s Richard Sherman and Washington’s Trent Williams war of words ended with the Redskins offensive tackle smacking the Seattle cornerback in the face.

More Boling: Tight end Zach Miller came up with some clutch plays to keep drives alive for Seattle

After a tough start, Seattle’s defense finally put the clamps on Washington’s vaunted running game.

Check out a photo gallery from the game here.

Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks were punch drunk early, but managed to shake out the cobwebs and take control of the game.

Steve Kelley of The Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks knew Robert Griffin was vulnerable.

ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that Seattle’s blueprint for winning games on the road – tough defense, a strong running game and forcing turnovers – showed up at Washington.

Art Thiel of Sportspressnw.com says that Russell Wilson was unaffected by the rowdy playoff crowd at FedEx Field, playing like a veteran.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times tackles the main question Washington head coach Mike Shanahan will be answering this offseason – why was RGIII playing on a bum knee?

Former Redskin Brian Mitchell believes that Shanahan should have taken Griffin out to protect him.

Sean Jensen of The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Bears have requested permission to interview Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for the team’s vacant head coaching job. That makes sense, with Bevell’s experience coaching in the NFC North at Green Bay and Minnesota.

Jeff Darlington of The NFL Network did double duty on Sunday, covering the Ravens-Colts matchup in Baltimore, then driving 45 minutes to catch the second half of the Hawks-Redskins game in D.C.

Jim Corbett of USA Today focused on Wilson’s hustle play, getting out in front of Marshawn Lynch to throw a block on his 27-yard touchdown run.

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