Jimmy Graham of the Saints is pulled away from Seattle Seahawks players. (Ted S. Warren / AP)

The New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks were just starting to get warmed up before their NFC divisional playoff game in Seattle when things got hot.

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham and several Seahawks players had to be separated during the early warmups at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. As Graham was warming up near the Seahawks’ bench, he and linebacker Bruce Irvin exchanged unpleasantries. Several Seahawks players joined in and a member of the Saints’ staff held Graham back.

Jimmy Graham continues to press his point. (Ted S. Warren / AP)

Shouting and pointing went on a little longer before Graham moved off.

There’s a lot at stake today, obviously, and maybe it had a little something to do with that 34-7 thumping the Seahawks gave the Saints in early December.