Seahawks vs. Saints: Stats and facts to impress your friends

Seahawks vs. Saints: Stats and facts to impress your friends

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SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks and quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints meet on the field after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the New Orleans Saints 34-7 in a game at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 2:50 PM

NEW ORLEANS (12-5) at SEATTLE (13-3)

4:35 p.m. EST, FOX

OPENING LINE -- Seahawks by 8 1/2 .

RECORD VS. SPREAD
-- New Orleans 9-7-1; Seattle 11-5

SERIES RECORD
-- Seahawks lead 7-6.

LAST MEETING
-- Seahawks beat Saints 34-7, Dec. 2, 2013.

LAST WEEK
-- Saints beat Eagles 26-24; Seahawks had a bye.

AP PRO32 RANKING
-- Saints, No. 7; Seahawks, No. 1.

SAINTS OFFENSE
-- OVERALL (4), RUSH (25), PASS (2)

SAINTS DEFENSE
-- OVERALL (4), RUSH (19), PASS (2)

SEAHAWKS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (17), RUSH (4), PASS (26)

SEAHAWKS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (1) RUSH (7T), PASS (1)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES

  • Seahawks dominated Monday night matchup at home on Dec. 2 jumping out to a 27-7 halftime lead on way to 34-7 win.
  • The seven points matched fewest scored by Saints since Sean Payton became coach in 2006.
  • No. 6 seeds are 5-2 against No. 1 seeds in the divisional round since the playoffs after the 2005 season.
  • Saints finished second in NFL in yards passing and fourth in total offense.
  • QB Drew Brees threw for 250 yards and TD in win over Eagles.
  • Brees has three 400-yard passing games in the postseason, including 2010 game in Seattle.
  • Brees held to 147 yards passing in December loss to Seahawks.
  • RB Mark Ingram had 97 yards rushing and TD in win over Eagles. Was second-most by a Saints RB in playoff game.
  • Saints rushed for 185 yards in win over Eagles, second highest total all season.
  • TE Jimmy Graham had three receptions for 44 yards vs. Eagles. Was held to three catches for 42 yards in first game vs. Seahawks.
  • Saints lost LB Parys Haralson to torn pectoral in Eagles game. Fourth defensive starter lost since midseason due to injury.
  • CB Keenan Lewis (concussion) expected to play.
  • Seahawks have won five straight home playoff games.
  • Seahawks have won 15 of last 16 home games.
  • Only one starter on Seahawks roster -- DT Tony McDaniel -- has not played in a postseason game.
  • QB Russell Wilson was 22 of 30 for 310 yards and three touchdowns in first meeting with Saints. Had passer rating of 139.6, second best in his career.
  • Wilson threw for a career-high 385 yards and two touchdowns in last season's divisional playoff loss to Atlanta.
  • Wilson is only player in NFL history with passer rating of 100 or more in first two seasons.
  • RB Marshawn Lynch finished regular season with career-high 14 total touchdowns. Only player in NFL with 1,000 yards rushing and at least 10 TDs rushing in past three seasons.
  • WR Percy Harvin may play in second game following hip surgery in August.
  • Seahawks finished regular season as leaders in pass defense (172 yards per game allowed) and interceptions (28). Previous two teams to lead the league in those categories -- Tampa Bay (2002) and Miami (1982) -- both reached the Super Bowl.
  • Seahawks only team in NFL not to allow opponent to score on opening drive all season.
  • CB Richard Sherman led NFL with eight interceptions. First Seahawks player to lead league in INTs since Eugene Robinson in 1993.
  • Seahawks without LB K.J. Wright (foot) who was largely responsible for defending Graham in December meeting.

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