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Seahawks owner Paul Allen raises flag
SEATTLE (AP) - Seahawks owner Paul Allen raised the “12th Man” flag before kickoff for the second time since the team started the tradition.
As he did the previous time he raised the flag, Allen walked to the railing and waved a towel exciting the fans before kickoff.
He also accepted the trophy from former owner John Nordstrom after the 23-17 victory over San Francisco on Sunday.
HALFTIME SHOW: Seattle rapper Macklemore performed during the brief halftime. Instead of getting a stage on and off the field, a stage was erected at the south end of the stadium on the second deck. Macklemore, friends with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, wore a Seahawks jacket from the 1980s before taking it off and revealing a current No. 12 Seahawks jersey with his name across the back.
Macklemore, nominated for seven Grammy Awards last month, performed two songs off his album “The Heist.” He said he’ll be postponing a planned trip to India in order to go to the Super Bowl and watch his hometown team.
“It’s about the Seahawks, it’s about this win, it’s about us going to the Super Bowl,” Macklemore said as he celebrated in the locker room after the win. “There was a lot of highs and lows throughout the game and we came out on top. I’m so excited for this team and so proud of these guys.”
STATS: 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick rushed for a team-high 130 yards, 98 in the first half, but passed for only 153. His QB rating was just 56.4, and was almost doubled by Seattle’s Russell Wilson (104.6).
Frank Gore managed only 14 yards on 11 carries, matching his low for the season. He had 16 yards at Seattle in a Week 2 loss.
Doug Baldwin led Seattle with six catches for 106 yards and had a 69-yard kickoff return. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 109 yards, including a 40-yard scoring run. He has four 100-yard performances in six postseason games.
Seattle has won seven straight home playoff games.
Before he left in the fourth quarter with a severe left knee injury, All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman had 14 tackles and a sack. LB Aldon Smith had two sacks.
For Seattle, LB Bobby Wagner led with 15 tackles.
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