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IN PHOTOS: Seahawks near perfect vs. Saints

Marshawn Lynch of Seattle beats the New Orleans Saints to the end zone for a key fourth-quarter touchdown Saturday at CenturyLink Field.The Seattle Seahawks, dominating nearly all afternoon, swept away the New Orleans Saints 23-15 Saturday afternoon in the NFC playoffs at CenturyLink Field.

The Seahawks will play host to the NFC championship game next Sunday, Jan 19 at 3:30 p.m. PT.

New Orleans scored a touchdown with 32 seconds left and recovered an onside kick to make things interesting, but the Saints ran out of time.

The Seahawks rode their defense, workhorse running back Marshawn Lynch and kicker Steve Hauschka to the victory. Lynch scored two TDs and gained 140 yards on 28 carries. and Hauschka made first-half field goals of 38, 49 and 26 yards as the Hawks took a 16-0 lead into halftime.

  • Game photos courtesy of Michael Workman:

  • Marshawn Lynch gets to enjoy his second rushing touchdown with teammates in the end zone Saturday, as the Seattle Seahawks advance in the NFL playoffs with a 23-15 win over the New Orleans Saints.

  • The Seattle defense has everything covered in pass defense.

  • Marshawn Lynch jumps through a hole against New Orleans.

  • New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees hands off to Khiry Robinson.

  • Marques Colton hauls in a touchdown pass for the Saints.

  • The Seahawks gang-tackle New Orleans running back Khiry Robinson.

  • Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson prepares to make a pitch.

  • Russell Wilson scrambles for yardage.