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Seahawks survive Wild Card game when Vikings miss field goal

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Blair Walsh was a gimme putt away. A layup. A bunt. And he missed. Walsh hooked a last-second, 27-yard field goal, leaving the Minnesota Vikings one point shy of the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday’s NFC Wild Card game. It would have been Walsh’s fourth field goal of the game. It allowed Seattle to win with a 10-point fourth quarter, which led Seattle to advance to Carolina next week. Sunday’s game was the third-coldest game in NFL playoff history, with temperatures…

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Look for an unknown player or 2 to star wild-card weekend

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Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Ben Roethlisberger, J.J. Watt and the other star players got their teams to the playoffs. With the season on the line, a lesser-known player often makes the difference. Remember Malcolm Butler? The Green Bay Packers won three road games as a sixth-seed in 2010 before they beat Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl. They wouldn’t have advanced if it weren’t for a surprise performance in the wild-card round, when rookie James Starks had 123 yards rushing in…

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A good year to be a wild card in NFL playoffs

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It looks like it’s a good year to be a wild card in the NFL playoffs. The oddsmakers certainly think so, making Kansas City (3 points), Pittsburgh (2 1-2), and Seattle (5 1-2) favorites on the road in the opening round of the postseason. The only wild card that is an underdog is slumping Green Bay, and by only a point at Washington. Those wise guys also have made the sixth-seeded Seahawks the third choice to win the NFC at…

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NFL has some little-known rules and regulations

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Thanks to Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright and back judge Greg Wilson, football fans now know all about the obscure NFL rule known as the “illegal bat.” The Seahawks received a big break when a flag wasn’t thrown on Wright for batting Calvin Johnson‘s fumble out of the back of the end zone for a touchback after Kam Chancellor knocked it loose just shy of the goal line. The Lions (0-4) never got the ball at the 1 like they should…

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Newest Buc Tony McDaniel says he can help the team across the line

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The early scouting report on new tackle Tony McDaniel on the Tampa Bay Bucs is an easy one. He is large. Very large. McDaniel, signed by the Bucs after being released by the Seattle Seahawks because of salary cap concerns after the team gave large raises to quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner, joined the Bucs for his first practice with the team on Tuesday. McDaniel, at 6-7 and 315, was easly to notice. “He has a big body,”…

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Bucs add defensive tackle Tony McDaniel from Seattle

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If the Seattle Seahawks are throwing talent away, the Tampa Bay Bucs are just fine with adding it. For instance, there is defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, a run-stuffer who started 29 games in the Seahawks’ Super Bowl seasons of the last two years. He is expected to compete with ex-teammate Clinton McDonald and Harry Melton for playing time next to Gerald McCoy. McDaniel was a cap casualty for the Seahawks, and head coach Pete Carroll, in particular, hated to release…

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