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Seahawks to sign veteran kicker Longwell

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07:49 AM ET 01.09 | With the Falcons looming, Seattle's kicking competition has a victor. Ryan Longwell, a 15-year NFL veteran who has not been in uniform this season, will sign with [the Seahawks] after a tryout Tuesday during which he outperformed competition from three other kickers, including Neil Rackers, according to sources. The Seahawks signed Longwell for Sunday's divisional playoff game against [Atlanta] because regular kicker Steven Hauschka suffered a calf injury against the Washington Redskins and his availability is in jeopardy. The Seahawks will monitor Hauschka's performance in practice as well as the improvement on his calf before deciding whether he or Longwell is active Sunday.

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January 9, 2013  07:59 AM ET

If Longwell gets a jersey with his name sharpied on athletic tape, that should tell him stay will be short.

January 9, 2013  08:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

If Longwell gets a jersey with his name sharpied on athletic tape, that should tell him stay will be short.

It will only be 60 minutes if they can't beat Atlanta.

January 9, 2013  08:31 AM ET

If they go into Atlanta and beat the Falcons in their own dome, Matty Ice will have officially melted.

January 9, 2013  08:54 AM ET
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If they go into Atlanta and beat the Falcons in their own dome, Matty Ice will have officially melted.

If Atlanta goes out 1st round again, no one will EVER take them serious.

January 9, 2013  09:47 AM ET
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If Atlanta goes out 1st round again, no one will EVER take them serious.

I think Seattle wins in a blowout.

January 9, 2013  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

If Atlanta goes out 1st round again, no one will EVER take them serious.

Yep, especially if they get dominated like last year.

January 9, 2013  10:36 AM ET
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I think Seattle wins in a blowout.

Depends if the refs let them get away with the after the whistle stuff like they are known for.

January 9, 2013  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I think Seattle wins in a blowout.

DD, I don't know about a blowout, but the Hawks are playing free, easy, aggressive and physical football with little to lose, as most fans didn't give Seattle much of a chance when the playoffs started.

January 9, 2013  10:48 AM ET
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Depends if the refs let them get away with the after the whistle stuff like they are known for.

LMFAO, making excuses and blaming the refs already, just in case your team loses, right???

January 9, 2013  02:17 PM ET

If Atlanta goes out 1st round again, no one will EVER take them serious.

I heard as of Monday morning there were still close to 11K tickets available for this weekend's game, so apparently their own fans don't take them seriously.

January 9, 2013  03:11 PM ET

Should be a decent game but Marshawn Lynch could run up a 200 yd game against Atlanta. Falcons better hope that White and Jones can get past that secondary or they won't have much of a chance.

January 9, 2013  05:05 PM ET
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It will only be 60 minutes if they can't beat Atlanta.

Ah ATlanta wins game!!!!....they have better weapons than the Redskins and a nice running game ....and defense is better than the Skins....Oh I forgot homefield advantage!!! Shanahan was just stupid and loss the game for the Skins, they had Cousins but didnt play him until the game was out of reach and the blitze was on, Seattle sent a blitze on every down!!!This will be Cousins chance to play alot next year....RGIII isnt too bright doesnt know when to come out!!! HERO!!!

January 9, 2013  09:55 PM ET
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Yep, especially if they get dominated like last year.

And the year before.

 
January 11, 2013  01:30 PM ET
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If Atlanta goes out 1st round again, no one will EVER take them serious. I heard as of Monday morning there were still close to 11K tickets available for this weekend's game, so apparently their own fans don't take them seriously.

since you've most likely never been to the GA Dome for a Falcons game, let me assure you that it's sold out every week.

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