Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Three days remain until the most important game of the 2013 NFL season is played at CenturyLink.
The Seahawks knew they’d have to go through the San Francisco 49ers in order to earn a berth in the playoffs and have home-field advantage throughout. They did that, earning a hard-fought 13-3 record in the regular season with losses to the Indianapolis Colts, 49ers in San Fran and their first home loss in two seasons, to the Arizona Cardinals.
With the bye giving them an extra week to prepare for their first playoff game, the Seahawks took advantage and defeated somewhat of a playoff rival in the New Orléans Saints. Drew Brees nearly led a comeback that would have eliminated the Seahawks at the same point as last seasons final loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The defense held and the Hawks moved on.
Now we face our most hated nemesis in what is arguably the greatest current rivalry in the NFL. The Seahawks enter the deciding game for who gets to play in the Super Bowl relatively healthy.
Percy Harvin is being held out because of his concussion against the Saints. Marshawn Lynch sat out the first practice of the week again, something that has become very common this season. K.J. Wright participated in his first on-field activities since breaking a bone in his foot late during the regular season.