Originally posted on Seattle Times  |  Last updated 12/26/11
Three things we learned The turnaround in Seattle's running game is for real.When the Bears stymied the Seahawks ground game in Week 14, you had to wonder whether Seattle's rushing success in the second-half of the season was at least partly due to circumstance. Yes, Seattle had run the ball well against Dallas and Baltimore -- two well-regarded run defenses -- but the Seahawks had also faced the Rams (twice) and the Eagles. On Saturday, the Seahawks became the first team to rush for a touchdown against San Francisco this year, and Marshawn Lynch became the first player in 25 months to gain 100 yards on the ground against the 49ers. Consider that Seattle did all that without three starters on the offensive line, it's a validation of the progress Seattle has made on the ground. There is a legitimate rivalry in the NFC West.The Week 1 meeting was notable for the heat between coaches Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll during a post-game handshake in 2009. That's like a footnote now. These ...
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