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Russell Wilson picks Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs over 49ers in Super Bowl LVI

Russell Wilson picks Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs over 49ers in Super Bowl LVI

Russell Wilson often shares some interesting tidbits in his DangerTalk podcast, and this week’s episode had one bold prediction.

Ahead of Thursday’s Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, Wilson sat down with co-host Daniel Mogg to discuss his prediction for Super Bowl LVI in Miami. And drumroll please…Wilson is riding with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Wilson said he’s taking the Chiefs over the Seahawks’ division rivals due to the phenomenal play of Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

“You know I’ll pick Mahomes because he’s such a great player,” Wilson said. “Even though the 49ers are such a great team, Mahomes has such a great team around him, but he’s such a great player and he’s a factor, which always that great quarterback factor in that way, it’s always interesting.”

Wilson believes the game will ultimately come down to which defense can step up. The Chiefs will have to be prepared to stop the 49ers versatile run game, while San Francisco’s lethal pass rush will need to slow one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks.

According to Pro Football Focus, Mahomes’ passer rating drops from 113.4 to 95.1 when pressured this season.

“It’ll all come down to the defensive lines, how they play,” Wilson said. “The Chiefs d-line has got to stop the run. The 49ers got to see if they can get to Mahomes. I know the Chiefs’ protection is pretty good too.”

Like the rest of us, Wilson was glued to his television last Sunday as the AFC and NFC championships took place. The Seahawks franchise quarterback said he was impressed by the 49ers gap-scheme running game against the Packers. 

“Their ability to run the football throughout that game was nuts,” Wilson said. “I’m not sure I’ve ever seen in the NFL where they’ve run that many times, that many attempts, for that many yards, that consistently and dominated the game that way in that fashion.”

“So that was pretty fascinating watching that game. Unfortunately, I wish it was us, so we could try to compete against those guys one more time.”

He was equally fascinated with Mahomes, who has started to use his legs as a running threat. The Chiefs' monster QB had a highlight-worthy touchdown run that went for 27 yards and he ran for four first downs, including another run that went for over ten yards.

“Mahomes has been amazing this past stretch, I was tweeting about it,” Wilson said. “I’m not a huge tweet during the game kind of guy, but it was fascinating how much he was ballin’ so I had to. I have a lot of fun watching him.”

We can likely expect more tweets like this if Wilson's prediction is accurate next Sunday. Super Bowl LVI kicks off at 3:30 p.m. PT on Feb. 2. 

Ryan Tannehill has high praise for Marcus Mariota

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Ryan Tannehill has high praise for Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota may no longer be the starter in Tennessee, but he is still making an impact for the Titans. 

Mariota, the former No. 2 overall pick, has failed to live up to lofty expectations in Tennessee. Midway this season, he found himself relegated to the bench as the team gave Ryan Tannehill the keys to the car. 

The story from here didn't play out as many fans expected. 

There were no hard feelings. Rather then be all "woe is me," Mariota supported the move and supported Tannehill. 

In fact, as the Titan's season came to an end in the AFC Championship Game, Showtime camera caught an exchange between the two quarterbacks that truly shows the type of person Mariota is. 

That's right, a visibly frustrated Tannehill was stopped and consoled by Mariota, with Mariota telling him “I am excited for you... it’s the start of something great, brother. I am so excited for you.”

Tannehill replaced Mariota, led the Titans on an improbable playoff run, and is now in Orlando prepping for the Pro Bowl. 

In an interview with the media, he had nothing but high praise for Mariota. 

Marcus is an incredible human being, and I have so much respect and love for him. The way he handled things... it was an incredibly tough situation. He was in Tennessee for five years, and it was his team and where he made his home. The way things went down, I don't think many guys in the world would handle it the way he did. He handled it like a true professional. He was supportive of me from Day One. I know he was hurting, and I tried to be empathetic with that throughout the season and give support to him as well. But he handled it so well.. he was supportive of me, helped me out on game days, in preparation during the week. He was just a consistent guy throughout the year.

That wasn't all. He added, "We are great friends and we will continue to be great friends."

It's moments like this that the world gets to find out what fans in the Northwest already knew -- Marcus Mariota is truly special. 

The Chiefs-Broncos snow game sure looked like a lot of fun

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The Chiefs-Broncos snow game sure looked like a lot of fun

While the Seattle Seahawks (11-3) enjoyed sunny weather with zero chance of precipitation on the road in Carolina, some teams were having the opposite experience.

The Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos were on a winter storm warning, with temperature in the 20s and snow coming down hard.

Pregame warm-ups consisted of stretching, running and throwing... and some of the players did all of those things with a good old fashioned snow ball fight.


During the game itself, a reported six inches of snow fell onto the field. However, the weather did not slow down the high scoring offense of Kansas City as the Chiefs put up 419 yards of offense along with 23 points.

No one loved the snow more than the reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes.

Snow games are the best!

Reviewing former Oregon State QB Matt Moore's journey to the NFL

Reviewing former Oregon State QB Matt Moore's journey to the NFL

There are numerous Pro Beavs in the NFL, but quarterback Matt Moore will be the most important one in the coming weeks.

After Patrick Mahomes dislocated his kneecap during Thursday Night Football against the Denver Broncos, Moore thrust into action. He threw for 117 yards and a touchdown in relief of Mahomes to lead the Broncos to a 30-6 victory. 

Mahomes’ exact timetable for his return remains a mystery, but most believe it will only be a couple of weeks. In the meantime, Moore will start in his first NFL game since the 2017 season. 

Let’s review how he got here:

College

Moore began his college career at UCLA playing sparingly before transferring to a junior college. After a season in JUCO, he commited to play at Oregon State, where he’d see immense success, highlighted by a 10-win season and a victory over No. 3 USC. 

Carolina Panthers

Following his senior season, Moore declared for the 2007 NFL Draft, where he was not selected. He was courted by the Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers, but chose to play for the Cowboys since they only had two quarterbacks. The Cowboys later cut Moore with hopes of adding him to the team's practice squad, but the Panthers claimed him off waivers.

In Carolina, Moore began as the third-string quarterback but after injuries to Jake Delhomme and David Carr, Moore got an opportunity to play. His first completion was a 43-yard pass to Keary Colbert. On Dec. 16, 2007, Moore started his first game as a Panther against the Seattle Seahawks throwing for 208 yards in the win. Moore would finish out the season as the Panthers starting quarterback going 2-1. 

Moore missed the 2008 season after breaking his fibula in the Panthers preseason finale. In 2009, he played sparingly, before starting the last five games and winning the starting job for the 2010 season. The Panthers later spent a second-round pick on quarterback Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame) and the two players would trade off starting quarterback duties before a shoulder ended Moore's season in Week 9. 

Miami Dolphins

Moore would spend the next seven seasons playing for the Miami Dolphins, primarily as backup quarterback. He started some games in relief of the starter, but never solidified the starting gig for good. 

His most notable action came during the 2016 season when Ryan Tannehill suffered a sprained MCL and ACL. Moore would replace Tannehill following the injury and lead a game-winning drive against the Arizona Cardinals. He would finish out the season as the starter since Tannehill never recovered in time. Moore’s season would end after losing the lone playoff start of his career 30-12 in Pittsburgh during the Wild Card round. 

Moore would play one more season for Miami before spending the 2018 season away from football.

Kansas City Chiefs

Following an injury to backup quarterback Chad Henne, the Chiefs signed Matt Moore to backup Patrick Mahomes. Now after Mahomes’ injury, Moore will once again be starting in the NFL. 

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Oregon State fan favorite Matt Moore steps up big for Kansas City Chiefs

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Oregon State fan favorite Matt Moore steps up big for Kansas City Chiefs


The Chiefs were dealt a tough blow on Thursday night when reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes left the game due to injury. 

With 10 minutes left in the second quarter, Mahomes attempted a quarterback sneak for a first down. The Chiefs converted but lost Mahomes in the process. In the pile of bodies, Mahomes got his leg twisted up under him and the result was a dislocated knee cap.

With the Chiefs up 10-6, in trotted former Oregon State Beavers quarterback Matt Moore.

Moore had attempted just one pass all season, but now had to lead to Chiefs to victory on the road - he did just that. 

Moore went 10-19 on the night for 117 yards and touchdown, and in doing so helped the Chiefs snap a two-game losing streak. 

Social media, especially Beavers fans, loved seeing Moore get the job done:

After the game, it was reported that Mahomes will likely be out for three weeks, if not more. So now the Chiefs will turn to Moore again. 

In the span of two months, Moore has gone from semi-retired free agent, to the back-up for the MVP, to starter for the Kansas City Chiefs. That's quite the jump for Moore who has not started an NFL game since Week 11 against the Patriots in 2017, and did not play at all in 2018. 

Over his 12-year career, Moore has played in 51 games, starting 30 of them, and has passed for 7,055 yards and 46 touchdowns. 

[WATCH MOORE'S POSTGAME INTERVIEW HERE]

Moore was one of the top-rated quarterbacks coming out of high school in 2002 and eventually chose to attend UCLA. He spent two seasons with the Bruins before leaving the program. He enrolled at Oregon State in 2005 and spent his final two years of college football as the Beavers starting quarterback. 

In 2006 he led the Beavers to a 10-4 record and a victory over Missouri in the Sun Bowl. In his two seasons at OSU, Moore passed for 5,733 yards and 29 touchdowns.

But the Moore-Oregon State connection doesn't stop there. Prior to the 2018 season his younger brother Nick Moore, also a quarterback, transferred from Eastern Washington and joined the Beavers. Moore, a redshirt sophomore, has yet to play for Oregon State. 

 

BREAKING: Seahawks DE Frank Clark traded to Kansas City

BREAKING: Seahawks DE Frank Clark traded to Kansas City

Frank Clark gets his long-term deal. 

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Seattle Seahawks have reportedly traded Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a 2019 first-round pick, a 2020 second-round pick and an exchange of third round picks. 

Clark reached a five-year year deal worth $105.5 million with $63.5 million guaranteed, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network

Seattle will now have the 21st and 29th picks in the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday, as well as second rounder for next year. 

Clark, who has spent the last four seasons with the Seahawks, is coming off his best year in Seattle. The soon-to-be 26-year-old defensive end recorded 13 sacks in 2018, starting 16 regular season games. He also had 41 tackles, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoverings and 10 tackles for loss last season. 

More analysis to come from our Seahawks Insider Aaron Fentress. 

Would you be surprised if the New England Patriots win in Kansas City on Sunday?

Would you be surprised if the New England Patriots win in Kansas City on Sunday?

Who do you take: rookie, MVP candidate Patrick Mahomes or arguably the G.O.A.T of the NFL, Tom Brady? Will the New England Patriots reign of terror on the AFC finally come to an end this Sunday in the AFC Championship game? Get your popcorn ready and claim your spot on the couch soon, because this will be a good one between the visiting Patriots at the Chiefs.

Only time will tell… Rob Parker of Fox Sports 1 joins the Brian Noe Show to discuss the upcoming AFC Championship matchup between the Patriots and the Chiefs. 

“I would be very surprised because the Patriots have lost their last three AFC Championship games on the road,” says Parker. “They do not perform when they have go on the road and get it done…”

Kickoff time set for 3:40 PM (PT) at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri. 

Rapid Reaction: Three quick takeaways from Seattle’s win over Kansas City

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Rapid Reaction: Three quick takeaways from Seattle’s win over Kansas City

While you were trying to avoid awkward Christmas conversations with family members you haven’t seen in four years, you may have snuck into another room to find the Kansas City Chiefs at the Seattle Seahawks on this brisk, December evening in CenturyLink Field. On full display under the Sunday Night Football lights, young gun-slinger and ketchup-loving Patrick Mahomes yet again made impossible throws while searching for that playoff home-field advantage. On the other side of the ball, Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks have been flirting with that NFC Wildcard spot for a few weeks now.

Something had to give. And it did in Seattle’s favor. Wilson, Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett came up huge in the final four minutes of the game with incredible catch after incredible catch to seal the deal.

The Seahawks (9-6) defeat the Chiefs (11-4) 38-31 and officially open their Christmas gift of an NFC playoff berth.

Here are some quick thoughts from our reporters on scene….

FINAL BOX SCORE: Chiefs 31, Seahawks 38

Aaron Fentress, NBCSNW Seahawks Insider: Seattle was more physical than Kansas City on both sides of the ball and did just enough to hold QB Patrick Mahomes II to under 300 yards passing for just the fifth time this year. The Chiefs’ inability to stop the run is going to prevent them from reaching the Super Bowl.

Aaron Fentress, NBCSNW Seahawks Insider: Seattle got by far its best win of the year and once again the Seahawks made it happen with the running game racking up 210 yards on the ground. That type of rushing attack is going to make the Seahawks dangerous in the playoffs. However, the spectacular play of wide receiver Doug Baldwin, especially in the fourth quarter, ultimately won this game for Seattle. 

Ashley Young, NBCSNW Football Coordinator: Last week at San Francisco, the Seahawks piled up the penalties like holding off on doing your laundry until you get to mom’s house for Christmas break. Or like when the first leaves fall after a 40 mph wind storm. It was bad. Sunday against the Chiefs was a different story: Seattle committed just three penalties for 20 yards. Much better. It is much easier to find a flow in football without shooting yourself in the foot with penalties. 

Next Up: In the final game of the regular season, the Seahawks (9-6) host the Arizona Cardinals (3-12) at 1:25 PM (PT) next Sunday at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.

Kansas City Chiefs no-looking their way into the playoffs

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Kansas City Chiefs no-looking their way into the playoffs

When you think of a chess match in terms of NFL teams, Kansas City vs. Baltimore did not disappoint. Rookie quarterback vs. rookie quarterback.

Patrick Mahomes is breaking all the rules. Throwing late back across the field, holding the ball to losely in his hands while he is scrambling, no-look passes, but still proving he is scrapy and can build drives late in the fourth quarter when his team needs him most. 

Late in the fourth quarter, Mahomes and the Chiefs had a 4th & 9, down 24-17. Trying to build as much time as possible, Mahomes scrambled right and blades of grass before hitting the sideline white chalk, heaves a huge throw down the middle of the field right on target to speedy (and very much injured) Tyreek Hill, who battled through a leg injury late in this game. This set up a game-tying 24-24 touchdown with under a minute to go. 

Despite the Chiefs' defensive line coming up HUGE with a strip sack on Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson to set up a game-wining field goal that was missed right, overtime was more of Mahomes Time. 

Mahomes lead a 75-yard opening field-goal drive to go up 27-24 in overtime. In the end, it was more of the defense that stepped up for Mahomes and the Chiefs hanging onto the lead and clinching a playoff berth.

Next up the Chiefs (11-2) host the Los Angeles Chargers (9-3) on Thursday Night Football. 

 

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll reacts to Rams-Chiefs Monday Night shootout

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll reacts to Rams-Chiefs Monday Night shootout

Like most of the football-loving world, Seattle coach Pete Carroll watched Monday Night's offensive explosion between Kansas City and the Los Angeles Rams with admiration for the back-and-forth contest that featured a seemingly endless amount of big plays. 

The Rams won 54-51 in the third highest scoring game in NFL history. 

“Some really good defensive coordinators on those staffs too, I want you to know that, that were coaching ball last night," Carroll told reporters Tuesday during his weekly press conference. "The offenses were just crazy – it was crazy. There was some huge defensive plays in that game, but there was so much offense and just so much explosion in all. It was as good a game as I can remember seeing. It reminds you like the old AFL games back in the day, it was just such a shootout. It was amazing.”

The NFL has seen a rise in scoring this season led by Kansas City (9-2), the Rams (10-1) and New Orleans (9-1). Some of that is because of the fleet of hot young quarterbacks in the league, led by Kansas City's Pat Mahomes II and the Rams' Jared Goff, along with elite veterans like Drew Brees of the Saints and Indianapolis' Andrew Luck, who is having a career resurgence after a shoulder injury sidelined him last season. Another reason is the seemingly endless number of rule changes over the years that have benefited the offense. This, of course is nothing new. The NFL has been sweeting the rules to benefit offenses for decades. 

“Yeah, I’ve said it before that it certainly has – this was the whole idea," Carroll said. "But I don’t think that’s the reason. I think it’s just ball continues to evolve in the throwing game, it continues to evolve, the level of the play of the quarterback position continues to evolve. Even when you look at Drew Brees, he’s maybe having his best year ever, you know, and he’s been playing for forever."

Indeed, offenses have evolved. More receivers are on the field more often and defensive backs can't touch them to make it more difficult to get open.

"The most difficult part for the defenses is there’s just no hands – you can’t grab anything at all," Carroll said. "That used to be somewhat allowed, but that’s a stricter part of it and you saw a lot of penalties last night just – illegal hand stuff, guys trying to stay with people. So that’s, that’s part of it.”

Carroll said there's no doubt the changes are designed to create a more wide-open game. 

"It’s trying to make the game as explosive and exciting as possible," Carroll said. "Offense really does that for a lot of people. Protecting players too there has been a factor as well. It’s all fine, you know, it’s just the way it is. It’s relative and we’re coached and officiated the same, so it doesn’t matter.”

So where does Seattle fit in all of this? The Seahawks have an elite quarterback who has at times been known to light up the scoreboard as he did in the second half of the 2015 season when over seven games he threw 24 touchdown passes with just one interception. However, Seattle is all about running the football - the Seahawks lead the NFL in rushing - and playing defense. That strategy almost resulted in upset wins over the Rams, who won 33-31 at Seattle and 31-25 at home against the Seahawks. 

Seattle hosts Kansas City on Dec. 23. 

"I don’t mind being different at all," Carroll, who ran a traditional pro-style offense in college at USC, as well. "I didn’t mind it when we were in college either. We weren’t spreading out and doing all the stuff that other people were doing. We were running a pretty balanced attack back in the day and ran for a lot of yards (with) a lot of big time running backs. I think it’s a great way to play."