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QB Russell Wilson exercised poor decision-making on two deep throws against Jacksonville Sunday, neither of which had much chance of succeeding. CB Jalen Ramsey picked off the first one in the second quarter on what was essentially a jump ball in the end zone with WR Doug Baldwin, and CB A.J. Bouye collected the other one in the third quarter on another 50-50 ball to Baldwin.

Russell Wilson had three interceptions Sunday, then took his place among the NFL's all-time fourth-quarter legends with two long-distance TD passes.

"Remorseful" was the word of the day Monday at Seahawks headquarters after the tawdry conclusion to the Seahawks-Jaguars game in Jacksonville Sunday. Lame as was the expression of regret, at least it was better for the Seahawks than the word, "suspended."

Monday brought a little better news for the Seahawks than Sunday: No NFL suspensions for players involved in mayhem. That doesn't change the fact that it was embarrassing.

Washington State DL Hercules Mata’afa and OL Cody O’Connell were named to Associated Press All-America football teams announced Monday. Mata'afa earned first-team honors and O'Connell second-team accolades, along with Washington WR/PR Dante Pettis.

Washington State's Hercules Mata'afa was named first-team All-America by the Associated Press, the first Cougars defensive lineman to earn that accolade since 2002.

The NFL is investigating the controversial conclusion of the Seahawks-Jaguars game in Jacksonville Sunday after some fans threw objects at Seahawks players, who had two ejections for unsportsmanlike conduct and a third, DE Michael Bennett, criticized for a dirty play.

The NFL will review the mayhem at the end of the Seahawks-Jaguars game. Meanwhile, coach Pete Carroll partially defended DE Michael Bennett's play that was called dirty.

After twice bombing the Jaguars with long touchdown passes to turn a laugher into a crier, QB Russell Wilson offered up a trenchant observation.

"They were terrified, a little bit," he said. They should have been.

Wilson had just become the greatest single-season thrower of fourth-quarter touchdown passes in NFL history with 16, and was driving for No. 17 -- the third one this game.

A game-ending melee likely will result in suspensions for a couple of Seahawks, who almost made it back from a 27-10 hole. Can't live off a Wilson-led miracle every Sunday.

TORONTO – Bullied in the midfield, then bent and broken at the back.

In their second consecutive MLS Cup final against Toronto FC, the Sounders were stopped cold. After not conceding a goal in a playoff-record 706 minutes, Seattle gave way in the second half, and dreams of repeating slipped away in a 2-0 loss at BMO Field.

Pushed around from the opening minute, the Seattle Sounders were unable to generate much pressure on Toronto FC in the MLS Cup final, falling 2-0 to the new champions

TORONTO – Ahead of the Sounders' final practice of the year Friday, something needed to be done to ease the stress of defending their MLS championship in the the same place it was won, at BMO Field. So Roman Torres, to the delight of all, decided to re-enact his championship-winning penalty kick that brought Seattle its first title.

Same teams, same site, same stakes -- an MLS Cup. Sounders and Toronto will have a go in the Canadian cold, with a chance for the Sounders to make national and civic history.

Injuries have cost the Seahawks a couple of players when RG Oday Aboushi was declared lost for the season Friday after dislocating his shoulder three weeks ago, and RB Chris Carson had his comeback temporarily thwarted by an ankle sprained in practice this week.

The Seahawks hoped that RB Chris Carson might return in late December, but he turned an ankle this week in practice and set back his timetable.

The well of good news in Seattle sports wasn't going to linger forever, or even for long. But given the effort and resources the Mariners put into landing free agent Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, the well suddenly seems Southern California dry, no rain in sight.

Despite the best efforts by GM Jerry Dipoto, who is now out four good minor league prospects, Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani chose the Angels over the Mariners.

Talk about a power play: About 24 hours after the city signed a deal to develop privately a an arena worthy of the NHL, league owners at a meeting in Florida Thursday voted 31-0 to allow Seattle to begin the application for an expansion team in 2020 whose entry fee Commissioner Gary Bettman fixed at $650 million. That's $150 million more than the most recent expansion team in Las Vegas was charged.

The day after the arena MOU was done, NHL promptly gives permission for Seattle to begin an expansion application. Fee: $650 million. Including arena cost, $1.3 billion. Wow.

Has there been a week like this in Seattle sports?

The 10-2 University of Washington football team was booked into a New Year's Day appearance in the Fiesta Bowl. The 8-4 Seahawks beat a top team in one of the most emotional prime-time games in the Pete Carroll era. The Mariners are in the hunt for one of the baseball world's most remarkable players. The Western Conference champion Sounders are playing Saturday in Toronto for their second consecutive MLS Cup.

In a remarkable week of sports news, the big story was the deal to re-do KeyArena on a grand scale -- and discovery that new mayor Jenny Durkan goes back with the Sonics.

A California woman, employed by a sports marketing company led by former University of Washington and Seahawks quarterback Warren Moon, has filed suit against the former football star and current broadcaster accusing him of sexual harassment. According to the Washington Post, which first reported the story, the suit was filed Monday in Orange County, CA.

Warren Moon, a Seattle sports icon, is the latest in an expanding list of nationally prominent men to get sued for sexual harassment.

Plucked from the harshness of Flint, MI., and delivered to the pristine waters of Alaska's Bristol Bay, upon one of world's greatest fisheries, Jawanza Brown had his mind close to blown.

"It was almost like going to a whole other planet, you know?" he said. "Everything was so different. I mean, Alaska's part of the U.S., but it's such a different part of the country, and the fishing industry is so big and booming. It was just wild."

Inspired by Seahawk Thomas Rawls, a young African-American man from Flint took a job fishing in Alaska's Bristol Bay, and it paid for his first year in college.

Washington's Vita Vea, a 6-foot-5, 340-pound defensive tackle from Milpitas, CA., Tuesday was selected the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, and also won the Morris Trophy, presented annually to the top offensive and defensive linemen in the conference. The league award is voted upon by Pac-12 coaches, the Morris Trophy by players.

Washington DT Vita Vea Tuesday joined Steve Emtman as the only Huskies to win Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award and the Morris Trophy.

Beaming from a front row seat at Seattle City Council chambers, Tim Leiweke witnessed an improbable dream come true Monday afternoon. As we say in the world of hockey, he lit the lamp.

At the end of a 2½-hour meeting, the CEO of Oak View Group watched as council members voted 7-1 to approve a memorandum of understanding for his audacious $660 million proposal: Converting 55-year-old KeyArena, in the middle of a rapidly growing urban village, into a global concert venue and sports arena on his own dime.

City Council votes 7-1 in favor of Oak View Group's $660 million plan to trick out KeyArena for concerts and the NHL. NBA? Maybe 2025. Maybe not.

The crypt was almost complete: Lots of marble, noble and somber inscriptions, soft organ music. All it was missing was the Seahawks.

"Everybody was sleeping on us," said LB Bobby Wagner, calmly indignant. "Everybody thought we were going to lose. We expected us to win this game. It's not a surprise to us."

Big buzz in the house, high energy on defense and Russell Wilson . . . oh, my. "Phenomenal," said coach Pete Carroll, which may have been an understatement.