Wilson caps dominant display for the Seahawks.
The Seattle Seahawks became the first team to clinch a place in the NFC playoffs following their 34-7 win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns, and was greeted with chants of “MVP!” upon his arrival on the field.
He backed up the support after throwing 22 of 30 passes and finished with a quarterback rating of 139.6. The latest win ensured he has 22 regular season wins in his first two seasons in the league, and is 14-0 at home.
Victory moves Seattle to 11-1 for the season, but aside from confirming their place in the play-offs, they are now two games ahead of the rest of the NFC in the race for home-field advantage.
Additionally, they hold the advantage of tie-break wins over both New Orleans and Carolina Panthers, their two closest pursuers.
In contrast, Saints quarterback Drew Brees struggled on Monday night as his team lost after nine consecutive wins.
Brees ended the game 23-of-38 for 147 yards, but the signs were there for the visitors in their first play of the night as the Seahawks took a 17-0 lead after the first quarter.
Seattle have been in impressive form throughout the season with just their solitary defeat, and having secured their place in the playoffs, the San Francisco 49ers will now be looking to obtain a wildcard.
Having lost in the Super Bowl last year to the Baltimore Ravens, the 49ers have ultimately paid the price for their early inconsistency but with the Seahawks such a formidable force at home, they will be determined to ensure that they will be hosting many more games at CenturyLink Field this season.