A week ago at this time, the Seahawks were looking down the barrel of a season that was falling away from them. They were 6-4, losers of three of their last six games, and locker room discord had split a team that was most certainly on the same page all the way through last season’s Super Bowl run.

Then, there was a series of team meetings sparked by safety Earl Thomas‘ donnybrook with a couple of larger players who Thomas didn’t think were taking things seriously enough. With a new united sense of purpose, the Seahawks welcomed the 9-1 Arizona Cardinals to CenturyLink Field last Sunday and beat them into submission, 19-3.

And then, on Thanksgiving night, Seattle traveled down to Santa Clara to continue the NFL’s most compelling current rivalry and made this game a lot less close than it had been in most recent iterations. In dominating…

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