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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