Seahawks and Saints win again, 49ers and Ravens lose
By Julian Linden
EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - The Seattle Seahawks, one of the favorites to win this season's Super Bowl, chalked up their 10th win of the National Football League season on Sunday.
There are still six weeks to go in the regular season but the Seahawks are already living up to their billing as one of the teams to beat as their main foes falter.
On Sunday, the host Seahawks thrashed the Minnesota Vikings 41-20, turning a close game into a rout with two fourth quarter interceptions, including one returned 29 yards for a touchdown.
With a 10-1 record, they are all but assured of making the playoffs and winning the tough NFC West Division after their chief rivals, the San Francisco 49ers slipped to 6-4.
For the second week in a row, the 49ers, last year's Super Bowl runners-up, lost a heartbreaker. Last week, they fell by a point to the Carolina Panthers, this week they lost 23-20 to the New Orleans Saints.
The Saints, who have lofty ambitions of their own after improving to 8-2, sealed the win with a 31-yard, last-gasp field goal from Garrett Hartley as time expired.
The New York Giants, Super Bowl champions two seasons ago, continued their mid-season revival with a 27-13 win over the visiting Green Bay Packers for their fourth straight win.
The Packers (5-5) have lost three straight since their star quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sidelined with a broken collarbone and the Giants capitalized, with Jason Pierre-Paul clinching the win with a last quarter interception return for a touchdown off Scott Tolzien, who was starting his first NFL game. Continued...