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Seahawks Hold Back Rams to Wrap Up Top Seed in NFC

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- The Seattle Seahawks held the St. Louis Rams to 245 total yards of offense en route to a 20-6 win Sunday.

The Seahawks (12-4) secure the top seed in the NFC playoffs for the second-straight season.

The Rams (6-10) actually led 6-0 at halftime, but the Seahawks scored 20 unanswered points, topped off by a Bruce Irvin 49-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Marshawn Lynch ran for 60 yards and a touchdown in the win.

Seattle finishes the regular season on a six-game win streak, during which it held five of its six opponents to less than 10 points.

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Pro Bowl Rosters to Be Determined by Draft 

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images (NEW YORK) --  The Pro Bowl is undergoing many changes that go into effect beginning this season.

Instead of the original AFC-NFC format, the league decided to rule in favor of captains choosing 43 players per team regardless of their conference.

The two leading vote-getters will be named captains and will be assisted by Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders and two fantasy football champions in picking the two teams.

In addition to the draft, the NFL announced that kickoffs will be eliminated from the game as a safety measure.  The ball will be placed at the 25-yard line at the start of the game and after scoring plays, and a coin toss will decide which team gets the ball on the game's first possession.

The two Pro Bowl roster spots normally belonging to kick-return specialists will be eliminated and replaced with an additional spot for a defensive back.

The draft will be held Jan. 22 next year, and the Pro Bowl will be played Jan. 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

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NFC Rocks AFC in Pro Bowl

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(HONOLULU) -- Another Pro Bowl filled with plenty of offense and little intrigue - but will it be the last one?

Victor Cruz caugh 10 passes and Russell Wilson threw three touchdowns to help the NFC bury the AFC, 62-35 in the Pro Bowl on Sunday.

Commissioner Roger Goodell threatened to stop playing the game if the quality of play did not improve in this year's version. Last year many of the players were booed for lack of effort.

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph took home MVP honors for having 122 yards receiving, and thought the players did try this year. "Guys were competing, guys wanted to win and guys want to keep the game here," Rudolph said. "That was the point before the game. We want to keep this game rolling for future Pro Bowlers."

The AFC got 205 yards passing from Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, but only rushed for 15 yards in the loss. 

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NFL Preview: Falcons at Lions 

Jeff Gross/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With two games to go in the regular season, the Atlanta Falcons still have a lot to play for. 

The Falcons (12-2) can clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs Saturday night by going into Ford Field and defeating the Detroit Lions (4-10), a reeling team that has lost seven-straight games.

Atlanta has had strong finishes the past two seasons, going 13-3 in 2010 and 10-6 last year but lost in the first round of the playoffs each time.

"I think it's important that you're playing efficiently and effectively in December and January, and I think that's what every team is striving for," said Falcons coach Mike Smith who is 0-3 in the playoffs.

Quarterback Matt Ryan is enjoying a fine season, breaking his own team records of 369 completions and 4,202 passing yards through 14 games.

The Falcons are coming off a 34-0 drubbing of the World Champion New York Giants, a team who defeated them in the playoffs last year while the Lions were trounced 38-10 by the lowly Arizona Cardinals.

Meanwhile, the Lions are looking to break an NFL record.  Star wide receiver Calvin Johnson needs 182 yards to break Jerry Rice's single-season receiving record of 1,848 yards.

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AFC Wins Pro Bowl Behind Marshall's 4 TD Grabs

Kent Nishimura/Getty Images(HONOLULU, HI) -- Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall broke a Pro Bowl record yesterday by catching four touchdown passes, helping to lead the AFC to a 59-41 victory over the NFC.

The game marks the tenth time in thirteen years the combined score reached at least 59 points.

The 59 points scored by the AFC broke the Pro Bowl record.

For their victory, the AFC players each received $50,000. The NFC players received $25,000 to soften their defeat.

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49ers Throw the Last Punch, Beat the Saints

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Trailing by three with nine seconds left in the game, 49ers' quarterback Alex Smith threw the game winning touchdown pass, giving San Francisco a 36-32 win over the New Orleans Saints.

The dramatic victory comes on the 30 year anniversary of "the catch," another famous moment in 49ers' history.

"That was special," San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh said after the game. "I don't know if there was any thing ever better then that. I can't remember winning a game in such spectacular fashion as this one."

It was the Niners first playoff win since 2003.

They now await the winner of the Packers/Giants game, for the right to play in the Super Bowl.

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Giants Win the NFC East Crown

Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD) -- The New York Giants won the battle for the NFC East, by beating the Dallas Cowboys 31-14, on Sunday.

"We needed this win," Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora said. "This is the biggest win we've been a part of for a while."

Besides winning the NFC East title, the Giants also secured the four seed in the NFC.

The G-men will begin their playoff conquest Sunday, when they host the Atlanta Falcons.

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NFL Preview: Cowboys @ Giants

Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(East Rutherford) -- The New York Giants (8-7) play host to the Dallas Cowboys (8-7) Sunday for the NFC East title.  The winner will also receive the number 4 seed in the NFC playoffs. 

Earlier in the week, there was speculation as to whether Dallas quarterback Tony Romo would play.  He injured his throwing hand during last weeks game against the Eagles.

Despite the speculation, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones seems pretty confident his quarterback will start.

"He's going to be playing at full strength," Jones said on KRLD-FM Friday morning. "It's just a very big-time feel-good to know that we're going to be going in with this kind of quarterbacking. He's had an outstanding year. He's a top, top quarterback and he's got a good team around him. In my belief, a very good team around him, so the stage is set for us to play well in a big game."

According to the Giants, the game will be the first time ever in their history where the winner makes the playoffs and the loser goes home.

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