Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, top, leveled Robert Griffin III for one of his four sacks of the Redskins quarterback during New York’s 24-17 victory Sunday night. “I feel like this season I have been more of a complete player,” Tuck said.
SEATTLE – The rest of the NFC better get ready to visit the Pacific Northwest in January. After Monday night’s rout, the road through the NFC playoffs is almost certain to go through Seattle.
Russell Wilson threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns, and the Seattle Seahawks became the first team to clinch a spot in the NFC playoffs with a 34-7 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.
More important, the Seahawks (11-1) moved two games ahead of the rest of the NFC in the race for home-field advantage and they hold the tiebreakers over New Orleans (9-3) and Carolina (9-3), their two closest pursuers.
Wilson was outstanding, picking apart the Saints’ defense. He threw touchdown passes of 2 yards to Zach Miller and 4 yards to Doug Baldwin in the first half as Seattle built a 27-7 lead. Wilson added a pinball 8-yard TD pass to Derrick Coleman in the third quarter. “Attention to details is where it’s at,” Wilson said. “We had a great balanced attack. We made some huge plays.”
Michael Bennett had a 22-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the first quarter to give Seattle a 10-0 lead and the Saints never threatened.
It was a dominating performance by the Seahawks, making up for a lackluster effort the last time they were given a national television spotlight and were taken to the final yard and final play by St. Louis. Not this time. The most anticipated game in the NFC this season was a laugher.
Wilson completed 22 of 30 passes and finished with a quarterback rating of 139.6. He has 22 regular-season wins in his first two seasons, tied for the most ever by a second-year QB.
Drew Brees and the Saints were stymied the entire night as he lost for the first time on Monday night after nine consecutive wins.
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|Seattle - WP: R. Elias||10||FINAL|
|LA Angels - LP: N. Maronde||6|
|Milwaukee||85||4th Qtr 7:41|
|Portland||85||4th Qtr 4:58|
|San Antonio||97||4th Qtr 5:31|
|Phoenix||3||3rd Prd :01|
|Dallas||1||3rd Prd 18:06|
|Mount St Marys||88||FINAL|
|Marshall||59||2nd Half 0:33|
|Delaware State||38||2nd Half 18:43|
|Miss Valley St||21||2nd Half|
|IUPU-Ft Wayne||35||2nd Half|
|North Dakota St||30|
|TX-San Antonio||9:30 PM|
|Fla Gulf Coast||92|
|East Tenn St||66||FINAL|
|St Johns||32||2nd Half 17:59|
|UC Santa Barbara||18||2nd Half|
|UNLV||26||2nd Half 19:08|
|TX-San Antonio||23||1st Half 7:05|
|Cal State Fullerton||10:30 PM|
|Long Beach St|
|San Diego State||10:30 PM|
|Aug 9 - vs. Houston||7 pm||X||27-13|
|Aug 16 - at Buffalo||6 pm||X||20-16|
|Aug 25 - at San Francisco||7 pm||X||34-14|
|Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee||7 pm||X||24-23|
|2013 regular season|
|Sep 8 - at Detroit||Noon||X||34-24|
|Sep 15 - at Chicago||Noon||X||31-30|
|Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland||Noon||X||31-27|
|Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London)||Noon||X||34-27|
|Oct 6 - Bye|
|Oct 13 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||35-10|
|Oct 21 - at. NY Giants||7:40 pm||X||23-7|
|Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay||7:30 pm||X||44-31|
|Nov 3 - at Dallas||Noon||X||27-23|
|Nov 7 - vs. Washington||7:25 pm||X||34-27|
|Nov 17 - at Seattle||3:25 pm||X||41-20|
|Nov. 24 - at Green Bay||Noon||26-26|
|Dec 1 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||23-20|
|Dec 8 - at Baltimore||Noon||X||29-26|
|Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia||Noon||X||48-30|
|Dec 22 - at Cincinnati||Noon||X||42-14|
|Dec 29 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||14-13|