RENTON, Wash. Colin McDonald Jersey . - Less than a week ago, the question was whether the Seattle Seahawks were on the verge of falling out of contention in the NFC West and on their way to being the latest Super Bowl champion to miss the playoffs.And in five days, the Seahawks completely changed the tenor of their season.Seattles 19-3 win over San Francisco on Thursday night elevated the Seahawks from just being in the playoff race. With a defence that appears to be returning to its 2013 form, Seattle is back in the conversation among the best in the NFC.Were having a good time. Were dedicated to one another right now. When youre on the field playing for one another, were playing like some 9-year-old, 10-year-old kids, not worried about the outcome, not worried about individual stats or anything like that, cornerback Richard Sherman said after his two interceptions against the 49ers. Guys are just playing really hard for one another, enjoying one another. When a teams playing like that, were really hard to beat.It was the Seahawks (8-4) second straight 19-3 victory following their win over NFC West-leading Arizona last Sunday. The dominance of Seattles defence was overwhelming in both victories and the first time since 2005 — when Seattle made its first Super Bowl trip — the Seahawks did not allow a touchdown in consecutive games.The 164 total yards allowed to the 49ers were a season-low for Seattle and the ninth time since 2010 the Seahawks have held an opponent under 200 total yards. Seattle is 18-1 in regular season and playoff games under Pete Carroll when holding its opponent under 250 total yards — and both the 49ers and Cardinals have been added to that total in the last week.Everybody feels very clear about what were trying to get done now, Carroll said on his radio show Friday morning. Were on point with what it takes to prepare and take it to game time.Much of what Seattle has accomplished on defence can be attributed to the return of middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and the improved health of strong safety Kam Chancellor. Wagner led Seattle with 10 tackles against the 49ers while Chancellor — after being named NFC defensive player of the week for his game against Arizona — helped to make San Franciscos run game a non-factor and silence Vernon Davis. The 49ers finished with 64 yards rushing and Davis had two catches for 13 yards.We talk about finishing. Were a team that preaches finishing all the time, no matter what it is, no matter what the circumstance is_just finish, Chancellor said. The way weve been finishing lately just speaks volumes of how much we care about one another, how much we care about the team, and how much we care about winning.There was another upside for the Seahawks: health. Despite playing two physical opponents in five days, the Seahawks managed to avoid major injury. Carroll said on his radio show Friday there were no injuries out of Thursdays game.For as well as Seattle has played defensively the past two weeks, there are two glaring concerns going forward. Seattle has struggled to finish drives with touchdowns and penalties continue to add up.The Seahawks have seen Steven Hauschka kick 10 field goals in the past three games. Thats good. The downside is seven of those have come inside of 40 yards, meaning Seattles offence has stalled inside the opponents 25. Twice against Kansas City, twice against Arizona and once more on Thursday night, the Seahawks drove inside the opponents 15 and settled for a field goal.Then there are the penalties. Seattle was flagged 14 times on Thursday, tied for the most since Carroll took over in 2010. The Seahawks are averaging 8.5 penalties per game this season.Were playing really hard and really aggressive so its kind of like last year. Were pretty good at leading and last year too in penalties. Youve got to be first in something I guess, so thats what it is, Carroll said. The only thing is I wish they called some penalties on the other guys. Weve got our own problems on one side but I just wish they called some on the other guys.___AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley contributed to this report.___AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Bernie Parent Jersey .J. -- The NHL reduced its penalty against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday for signing Ilya Kovalchuk in 2010. Wayne Simmonds Jersey . Hes the same player he always was, only now his efforts are being rewarded. The rookie manager has made a habit of heaping praise on others when things are going well, and accepting criticism when they arent. 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They trailed by 11 in the first half but gradually pulled away after halftime despite shooting under 40 per cent for the game.We knew what we had to do to come into the game tonight and get a win, reserve Jae Crowder said. We just came out with a little more effort than they did and it showed late.Nets centre Mason Plumlee agreed that the Nets were outhustled.No question, he said. It hurts to say that, but thats what happened.The Celtics had just seven turnovers, leading to four points for the Nets. Brooklyn turned it over 18 times, which Boston turned into 16 points.Joe Johnson scored 17 points for the Nets, who dropped their third in a row and fell to 16-19. Plumlee had 16 points and 12 rebounds but shot just 6 for 11 at the free-throw line.This is a game I think we definitely shouldve got, Johnson said.Brooklyn point guard Deron Williams came on late in the first quarter after missing a game with a sore left side, but made it just 4 minutes before having to take himself out and didnt return.Brooklyn took an early 10-point lead and was ahead 25-19 after one quarter, but managed just 14 points on 5-of-18 shooting in tthe second. Bill Barber Jersey. The Celtics, who trailed by 11 early in the period, scored the final eight points of the half to grab a 40-39 edge.The Celtics pushed it to 69-62 after three and opened a series of double-digit leads in the fourth quarter. Their lead peaked at 82-68 on a dunk by Crowder, who was all alone under the basket when the Nets appeared to be looking the other way.TIP-INSCeltics: The Celtics improved to 3-0 on the road against Atlantic Division opponents, having won twice at Philadelphia. ... With all 15 players on the roster basically healthy, Stevens wrestled with who to make inactive before settling on veteran Jameer Nelson and rookie James Young. Young scored 13 points in 17 1/2 minutes off the bench Monday in a loss to Charlotte in his first extended playing time of the season, making it more difficult for Stevens.Nets: Plumlee had his seventh double-double, the most by a Nets player since Williams had 21 during the 2012-13 season. ... With Williams barely able to play, the Nets gave Darius Morris 4 minutes to rest starter Jarrett Jack. Morris had two points and an assist.PLAYING HARD PAYS OFFThe Celtics know they cant rely on talent alone the way previous Boston teams could. But theyre well aware effort can overcome that.Everyone knows that. You learn that when you first start playing basketball. You play hard and the basketball gods will bless you, Bradley said.LAZY LOPEZOn one botched Nets possession, centre Brook Lopez moved slowly after a ball thrown to the backcourt while Crowder kept hustling and dived after it. Lopez said he didnt know Crowder was behind him, and coach Lionel Hollins was asked if he was frustrated that Lopez stopped hustling.Of course, Hollins said. Just tell him that he was being lazy. Thats all it is.UP NEXTCeltics: Visit Indiana on Friday.Nets: Host Philadelphia on Friday. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '