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|Underdogs Seahawks and Jets Have Their Days
|SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle Seahawks belong in the NFL playoffs. Oh, yes, they definitely belong.
In one of the most stunning upsets in NFL playoff history, the Seahawks knocked out the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints 41-36 in the NFC wild card game. The Seahawks crawled into the postseason with a 7-9 record, the first team in the NFL modern era to win their division with a losing record.
But none of that mattered to the 11-point underdog Seahawks and their plucky first-year coach, Pete Carroll, who said calmly after the upset: "I know this sounds crazy, but we kind of expected to win."
Matt Hasselbeck threw four touchdown passes. The clinching touchdown was an amazing 67-yard run by Marshawn Lynch, who eluded eight tacklers on the way to the end zone.
Seattle now advances to play either at Atlanta or Chicago, depending on the winner of Sunday's Green Bay-Philadelphia game. If Green Bay wins, the Seahawks go to Chicago next weekend. If Philly wins, Seattle draws Atlanta.
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