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Hawks’ defense in discussion of best ever

SEATTLE — The comparisons could make a player such as Carl Eller protective of the legacy of Minnesota’s famed Purple People Eaters or dismissive of the idea that any defense today could be as good as one from his era.

Analysis: Postseason showcases need for elite quarterback

Quarterback is the most important position on the gridiron, and that widespread belief was once again made abundantly clear in the opening round of the NFL playoffs, setting the stage for a mouthwatering slate of divisional round games.

From timid to tremendous

RENTON — Even in his moments of greatest triumph, Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin flashes back to his days of greatest despair.

Panthers no easy task for Seahawks

The Seahawks will open the playoffs against a team with a losing record in the regular season, one they’ve held to an average of nine points in beating each of the past three seasons — all on the road — and guided by a wounded quarterback whose maddening inconsistency has been his calling card.

Pelicans’ Davis all work, and oh how he can play

He can stuff a box score, as he does regularly but perhaps never as impressively as when he announced his ascendance with 26 points, 17 rebounds, nine blocks and three steals in the Pelicans’ season-opening victory over the Magic.

Hawks’ Willson a quick learner

RENTON — As Seattle coach Pete Carroll put it this week, tight end Luke Willson “came from a place where he had a lot of ground to make up.”