The rest of the top NFC teams had better get ready to visit the Pacific Northwest in January. After Monday night's rout, the road through the NFC playoffs is almost certain to go through Seattle.
Russell Wilson threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns, and the Seattle Seahawks became the first team to clinch a spot in the NFC playoffs with a 34-7 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night in Seattle.
The Seahawks (11-1) moved two games ahead on the rest of the NFC in the race for home-field advantage and hold the tiebreakers over New Orleans (9-3) and Carolina (9-3), the two closest pursuers.
Wilson threw TD passes of 2 yards to Zach Miller and 4 yards to Doug Baldwin in the first half as Seattle built a 27-7 lead.
"Attention to details is where it's at," Wilson said. "We had a great balanced attack. We made some huge plays."
He has 22 regular-season wins in his first two seasons, tied for the most ever by a second-year QB.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees lost for the first time on Monday night after nine straight wins. The seven points were tied for the fewest scored by the Saints since Sean Payton became coach in 2006, and the 188 total yards were the fewest in his coaching tenure.
"Lot of things to look at," Payton said. "Lot of things we didn't do well."
Eagles: Tired of answering the same question every week, coach Chip Kelly said Nick Foles will be Philadelphia's "starting quarterback for the next 1,000 years." Foles has led the Eagles to a 5-1 record since replacing an injured Michael Vick in Week 5. He leads the NFL in passer rating (125.2) and has thrown 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Officials erred: The league said officials should have stopped play and eliminated confusion about the down and distance at the end of the New York Giants' 24-17 victory at Washington on Sunday.
With New York leading by seven points just after the two-minute warning, a catch by the Redskins' Pierre Garcon on second-and-5 was spotted short of a first down at the Washington 45. Referee Jeff Triplette signaled third down. But the head linesman, with the Redskins in hurry-up mode, incorrectly motioned for the crew to advance the chains, which caused the down boxes to read first down.
Steelers: New video shows coach Mike Tomlin inching closer to the field before Baltimore kickoff returner Jacoby Jones nearly collided with him in last Thursday's 22-20 win by the Ravens. KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh released video indicating Tomlin took a sizable step toward the field as Jones broke into the open and didn't move until Jones was nearly on top of the coach. The NFL is still deciding how to discipline Tomlin.
Jets: Coach Rex Ryan said rookie Geno Smith will remain the starting quarterback when the Jets host the Raiders on Sunday. Ryan benched Smith for the third time this season during New York's 23-3 loss to Miami.
Rams: Center Scott Wells is likely out for the rest of the season after he broke his left ankle in the first half of Sunday's 23-13 loss to the 49ers.
Newsday (N.Y.) contributed to this report.