The path to the NFC Championship goes through Seattle.
CenturyLink Field is one of the toughest places to play in the league, and Seattle will be well rested after a first-round bye. NFC contenders beware.
Here's what else we learned Sunday.
- The Seahawks' secondary is missing Brandon Browner due to suspension, but other players have picked up the slack. In this game, it was linebacker Malcolm Smith, sparking the Seahawks' scoring with a pick six of Kellen Clemens early in the game. Byron Maxwell, who has impressed as a fill in for Browner, continued his strong play with a nice interception of Clemens late in the second quarter.
- However, the Rams do have promise heading into the offseason. The defense has been a bright spot, highlighted by Defensive Player of the Year candidate Robert Quinn, who finished second in the league with 19 sacks. They also have a dangerous playmaker in Tavon Austin and a legit running back in Zac Stacy. The Rams also will have QB Sam Bradford returning from injury. That coupled with dual first-round draft picks (including the No. 2 overall selection from the Redskins) sets the Rams up nicely for 2014.
- NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that it looks like Percy Harvin will end the year on injured reserve. The Seahawks traded a first-round draft pick for the dangerous playmaker, but he's played only one game in 2013 while dealing with a hip injury. Fortunately for Seattle, Golden Tate has raised his game. On Sunday he produced one of his best games of the year, recording eight catches for 129 yards and a touchdown.