(SEATTLE) — The third time really is the charm. On their third attempt to clinch the NFC West, the Seattle Seahawks did so in convincing fashion, beating St. Louis 27-9 on Sunday. The victory clinched both a division crown and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs as the top seed in the NFC.
Malcom Smith’s 37-yard interception return for a touchdown got the scoring started in the first quarter and the Seahawks (13-3) would not look back. A pair of Steven Hauschka field goals gave Seattle a 13-0 lead at halftime over the Rams (7-9). Marshawn Lynch added a rushing touchdown while Russell Wilson and Golden Tate connected for a fourth quarter score in the rout.
Seattle had chances to wrap up the No. 1 seed twice before but fell victim to division rivals San Francisco and Arizona in recent weeks. Last week’s loss to the Cardinals snapped a 14-game home win streak for the Seahawks.
Wilson ended the day with 172 passing yards and one touchdown while Lynch rushed for another 97 yards in the win. It is the first time that Seattle has had home-field advantage in the playoffs in 2005, the only time in franchise history they reached the Super Bowl.
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Jill Martin, CNN