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Morning links: Bring on the Niners

Our own Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll will not have to dream up any type of motivational tricks to get his team up for this week’s game.

The San Francisco 49ers travel to CenturyLink on Sunday. Enough said.

Boling: Sunday’s game actually makes a broader statement than Carroll suggests, because this is a head-to-head duel for dominance in the division. Since the 2011 season, the Niners have played the role of the big brother who beats you in driveway basketball and then rubs it in every night at the family dinner table.

“They’ve taken four straight from the Seahawks, and last season made it to the NFC Championship game while the Seahawks stayed home and watched.”

Here’s my story on Richard Sherman’s appeal, which reportedly is scheduled for Sunday. It’s possible Seattle could be without its top four cornerbacks on Sunday, but Carroll likes how some of the young corners performed against Buffalo last week.

Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times does a nice job breaking down the different playoff scenarios here for the Seahawks.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Seattle is only focused on the Niners this week.

ESPN’s Mike Sando delves into the reasoning behind Carroll calling a fake punt late in the game against Buffalo, questioning the sincerity of Carroll’s apology when evidence shows Seattle’s head coach celebrating after his team executed the play.

More Sando. How Russell Wilson and RGIII compare against common opponents.

Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of 710 ESPN Seattle talks with Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin in this audio link.

According to the Associated Press, safety Winston Guy has been reinstated from the suspended list after serving his four-game suspension. The Seahawks have received a roster exemption, according to the report, so Guy does not have to be added to the 53-man roster this week.

Matt Maiocco of writes that San Francisco defensive tackle Justin Smith’s status for Sunday’s game is unclear after he left last week’s Patriots game in the fourth quarter with an elbow injury.

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that former Seahawks and UW product Isaiah Stanback was promoted to Jacksonville’s active roster.

Rob Rang of still has the Seahawks selecting Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson in the first round of his mock draft. His colleague Dane Brugler has the Seahawks selecting Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams.

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