Running back Marshawn Lynch gained 141 yards and scored two touchdowns, and the Seattle defense shut down Drew Brees and the New Orleans offense in a 23-15 Seahawks victory that gave them a spot in the NFC championship game next week.
A late surge by the Saints fell short.
Lynch, who led the NFL in rushing touchdowns in the regular season, was a consistent force and saved his best for late in the fourth quarter when he got around the corner, stiff-armed a closing defender to finish a 31-yard touchdown run. That touchdown sealed a victory that sets up a game between Seattle and the winner of Sunday's game between the 49ers and Carolina Panthers.
The Saints scored on a Brees touchdown pass with 26 seconds left in the game, and the Saints recovered an ensuing on-sides kick. They had no timeouts left and failed to score.