NO 7, SEA 34: Wilson's 3 TDs helps Seahawks clinch playoff berth

Dec 3, 12:06 AM

The Seattle Seahawks clinched a playoff berth with a 34-7 rout of the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.

Here's what you need to know...

  • Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson finished 22-of-33 for 310 yards and three touchdowns to help his team become the first in the NFL to clinch a playoff berth. Seattle (11-1) also distanced itself from New Orleans (9-3) for the best record in the NFC, improving its odds of having home advantage throughout the playoffs.
  • The Seattle stop unit held Saints QB Drew Brees to a season-low 147 passing yards and one TD to break his streak of 43 consecutive games with 200 or more yards passing. New Orleans managed just 188 total yards in the loss.
  • Seahawks tight end Zach Miller had five catches for a season-high 86 yards and a touchdown. Doug Baldwin also turned in an impressive outing, hauling in four catches for 77 yards and a score.
  • Seattle's "12th Man" reclaimed the Guinness World Record for crowd noise with a deafening 137.6 decibel roar after a defensive touchdown in the first quarter. The Seahawks fans jumping up and down actually registered a magnitude 1 or 2 earthquake.

Relive all of the action from the storyline below.

Dec 2, 11:30 PM

NO at SEA: Seahawks TE Davis being evaluated for concussion

Dec 2, 11:30 PM

The Seattle Seahawks have suffered their first casualty of the game.

Davis has left for the locker room and his return is questionable.

Dec 2, 11:20 PM

NO at SEA: PHOTO - Saints OL Strief leaves game with apparent leg injury

Dec 2, 11:20 PM

The New Orleans Saints have lost one of their starting lineman to a potentially serious injury in the third quarter.

Zach Strief got rolled up on from behind and has gone to the locker room.

His return is questionable.

Dec 2, 10:53 PM

NO at SEA: VIDEO - Seahawks perfectly execute the TD tip drill

Dec 2, 10:53 PM

Everything seems to be going right for the Seattle Seahawks tonight.

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Derrick Coleman's first NFL touchdown comes on a tipped Russell Wilson pass and the Seahawks have a 34-7 lead.

The 34 points are the most allowed in a game by the Saints this season.

Dec 2, 10:17 PM

NO at SEA: History not in favor of a Saints comeback

Dec 2, 10:17 PM

Football is a numbers game, and there are a couple of overwhelming stats that suggest the New Orleans Saints won't mount a comeback and walk out of CenturyLink field with a win.

There's also numbers that suggest the Seahawks won't relinquish the lead.

The Seahawks have amassed 315 first-half yards to the Saints' 90.

Dec 2, 10:09 PM

NO at SEA: Seahawks squeeze in 7 more points before halftime

Dec 2, 10:09 PM

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is dialed in tonight, finding Doug Baldwin in the end zone with 13 seconds remaining in the first half to give the Seahawks a comfortable 27-7 lead.

The TD pass is Wilson's second of the game and he now has 226 first-half passing yards.

Dec 2, 9:54 PM

NO at SEA: Seahawks settle for another field goal in red zone

Dec 2, 9:54 PM

The Seattle Seahawks are moving the ball with ease down the field, but the Saints are standing tall in the red zone.

Russell Wilson's third-down scramble came up short of the goal line, forcing the Seahawks to settle for another short Stephen Hauschka field goal to go up 20-7.

Seattle has now has two field goals and a touchdown on three red-zone attempts.

Dec 2, 9:46 PM

NO at SEA: Seahawks fans set new noise record

Dec 2, 9:46 PM

The fans at CenturyLink field have retained their Guinness World record for crowd noise.

The previous record was 136.6 decibels set earlier this season by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Dec 2, 9:37 PM

NO at SEA: Brees, Graham get Saints back on track in 2nd quarter

Dec 2, 9:37 PM

The New Orleans Saints are facing their largest deficit in the Sean Payton-Drew Brees era, but have righted the ship in the second quarter with a scoring drive.

Brees found tight end Jimmy Graham in the end zone from two yards out to cap an impressive 13-play, 80-yard drive and put seven points on the board. Graham's 12th TD of the season is a new career high and a Saints single-season record.

The Saints were previously held to three consecutive 3-and-outs before the extended drive.

New Orleans trails 17-7 with 8:45 to play in the first half.

Dec 2, 9:20 PM

NO at SEA: Wilson, Miller add to Seahawks lead

Dec 2, 9:20 PM

The Seattle Seahawks are pouring it on early against the New Orleans Saints.

Russell Wilson and Zach Miller hooked up twice on a six-play, 73-yard scoring drive, including a two-yard touchdowns strike to give the Seahawks a 17-0 advantage late in the first quarter.

Wilson found a wide open Miller for a 60-yard reception to get Seattle into the red zone.

Dec 2, 9:00 PM

NO at SEA: Seahawks defense puts up 7 points

Dec 2, 9:00 PM

Drew Brees and Co. are being smothered by the Seattle defense early at CenturyLink Field.

Cliff Avril forced a Drew Brees sack and fumble that floated into the hands of Michael Bennett, who rumbled 22 yards for a defensive touchdown, to send the crowd into a frenzy and even catch the attention of an NBA superstar.

Bennett also celebrated his first career TD in an unusual fashion.

{Courtesy: ESPN/Shane Richardson]

The Seahawks are up 10-0 on the Saints with 6:27 remaining in the first quarter.

Dec 2, 8:54 PM

NO at SEA: Seahawks open scoring after forcing 3-and-out

Dec 2, 8:54 PM

The Seattle Seahawks are on the board after forcing a 3-and-out on Drew Brees and the Saints' opening drive.

Russell Wilson led the Seahawks down the field 61 yards until the drive stalled in the red zone after a Marshawn Lynch fumble that was recovered by Seattle. 

Stephen Hauschka easily converted a 26-yard field goal to give the Seahawks an early 3-0 lead.

Dec 2, 8:47 PM

NO at SEA: PHOTO - Seahawks fan Hulking out

Dec 2, 8:47 PM

The Seattle Seahawks are known for their raucous fan base and they're especially pumped up for Monday Night Football.

Dec 2, 7:34 PM

NO at SEA: Seahawks handing out complimentary ear plugs ahead of noise record attempt

Dec 2, 7:34 PM

It's going to get loud at CenturyLink Field when Seahawks fans attempt to set the world record for crowd noise on Monday Night Football.

The fan base, known as the 12th man, already broke the record earlier this season on Sept. 15 during a highly-anticipated matchup with the San Francisco 49ers.

Fans in Kansas City broke Seattle's record of 136.6 decibels on Oct. 13, prompting the new attempt by Seahawks fan to reclaim the record tonight.

Dec 2, 7:17 PM

NO at SEA: Seahawks WR Harvin among inactives

Dec 2, 7:17 PM

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (hip) is the most notable player to sit out tonight's game.

Here is the complete list of inactives:

Dec 2, 6:52 PM

NO at SEA: Drew Brees has won 9 straight starts on Monday Night Football

Dec 2, 6:52 PM

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees thrives in the national spotlight.

Brees is also closing in on another prestigious NFL record.

Dec 2, 3:58 PM

NO at SEA: 3 things you need to know

Dec 2, 3:58 PM

Monday night's highly anticipated matchup between the New Orleans Saints (9-2) and Seattle Seahawks (10-1) will have major implications on the NFC playoff picture.

Here are three things you need to know:

Home-Field Advantage

The winner of Monday's game will have the inside track on home-field advantage throughout the playoffs for the NFC. A Seahawks win would put them two games up on New Orleans and the Carolina Panthers for home field. Meanwhile, a Saints victory would pull them even with Seattle and give them the tiebreaker.

Both teams will be difficult to beat in the post-season should they earn home field advantage. Seattle hasn't lost at CenturyLink Field since December of 2011 and New Orleans' intricate passing attack is averaging over 33 points a game in the friendly confines of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Seahawks missing key defensive backs

It's difficult enough trying to stop the Saints passing game at full strength, but the Seahawks are going to have to attempt to do it without some key contributors in the secondary.

Cornerbacks Walter Thurmond and Brandon Browner won't play because of a suspension and groin injury respectively, so New Orleans figures to take plenty of shots down field to test the Seahawk replacements. With that being said, the Seattle secondary still boasts Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas and leads league by giving up just 180 yards per game through the air.

The Saints on the other hand rank second in league behind only Denver with 317 yards passing per game. Drew Brees is having another fantastic season with 28 touchdowns to just eight interceptions and is closing in on 4,000 yards passing. Brees uses a wide variety of receivers, including tight end Jimmy Graham who sits second in the NFL in touchdown receptions with 11 and is a matchup nightmare for anyone trying to cover him.

Something's gotta give.

Saints pass rush

New Orleans is tied for fourth in the NFL with 37 sacks under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and getting to quarterback Russell Wilson will be critical to a Saints win on Monday night. Wilson's ability to scramble in the pocket and keep plays alive often leads to big plays in the passing game for the Seahawks.

Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan has 9.5 sacks on the campaign, so look for Ryan to move him around and put pressure on the Seattle tackles. 

New Orleans loves to blitz, but if they don't play disciplined Wilson can exploit single-coverage matchups with his receivers and rip off big runs if the Saints pass rushers over-pursue up field.