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IN PHOTOS: Seahawks clinch NFL homefield advantage

Golden Tate is all smiles at the end of his 47-yard touchdown reception for Seattle in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 27-9 home victory over the St. Louis Rams.SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks will have home-field advantage throughout the NFL playoffs.

The Hawks clinched that honor by beating the St. Louis Rams 27-9 Sunday afternoon in a penalty-filled regular-season finale at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson completed 14 of 22 passes for 166 yards — eight of his completions going to wide receiver Golden Tate, who had 129 yards and Seattle's one touchdown catch.

Marshawn Lynch ran 23 times for 97 yards, and Seattle's defense did the rest.

Outside linebacker Malcolm Smith picked off a Kellen Clemens pass early in the game and returned it 37 yards for the game's first score.

Steven Hauschka booted 28- and 35-yard field goals in the second quarter, staking Seattle to a 13-0 halftime advantage.

Lynch's 2-yard run in the third quarter boosted the Seahawks' lead to 20-3.

Tate's 47-yard grab made the score 27-3 in the fourth quarter.

The Rams (7-9) had less than 100 yards total offense through three quarters.

Clemens, a former Oregon Ducks star, finished 21 of 30 passing for 157 yards and one touchdown.

Seattle, which won the NFC West with a 13-3 record — tying the team record for regular-season wins — will have a first-round playoff bye.

The Seahawks have won 15 of their last 16 home games.

  • Photos courtesy of Michael Workman:

  • Marshawn Lynch cuts through his teammates' blocks for a 2-yard touchdown as the Seattle Seahawks win their NFL regular-season finale.

  • Former University of Oregon quarterback Kellen Clemens drops back to pass for the St. Louis Rams.

  • Seattle QB Russell Wilson rolls out during Sunday's home game against St. Louis.

  • Rams coach Jeff Fisher is not happy during a timeout.

  • Rams punter John Hekker, a former Oregon State Beaver, gets off one of his seven kicks in Sunday's game. He averaged 48.4 yards per punt.

  • The Seattle defense puts some heat on St. Louis QB Kellen Clemens.

  • The Seattle pass blockers set up a pocket for QB Russell Wilson.

  • Seattle's 'Legion of Boom' secondary lays some more licks in the end zone.