The Seahawks of Seattle (11-3) have posted another victory with quarterback Russell Wilson and are heading to the NFC playoffs for the second consecutive year. They have the advantage of seed and race at home, with only two weeks left in the regular season of 2019, but this position is far from secure.
The Seahawks record corresponds to the Packers, Saints and 49ers. They will lead NFC West with just a heads-to-head tiebreaker and host the 49ers for a rematch in Week 17.
Sporting News breaks down all the scenarios for the Seahawks in the NFL playoff picture, including NFC top seed, division title and wild card results based on weeks 16 and 17 results.
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NFL Playoff Picture: How the Seahawks Get the No. 1 Seed in the NFC
If the Seahawks win against the Cardinals and 49ers at home, they will be 13-3. That would make the division champions and the 49ers settle for the wild card.
But the reason why he’s No. 1 in the No. 2 NFC North-leading Packers and No. 3 NFC South-winning Saints is the fact that it is a 3D tie. The Seahawks have the advantage over the Packers because of a tiebreaker in the playoffs and, for the moment, the Saints are one half behind the other two in conference (8-3).
If all three teams finish 2-0 and end up 13-3, there will be no change in the status quo. But if it’s only the Seahawks and Saints who win out and the Packers don’t, then the Seahawks fall to No. 2 because they were lost by the Saints. The Packers (in the Vikings, in the Lions) and the Saints (in the Titans, in the Panthers) at worst should go 1-1, taking into account the other schedules.
Although the Seahawks go 1-1 – losing to the Cardinals but winning the 49ers – they will still be parts of the Champs, either from a game or a head-to-head tiebreaker, at 12-4 only. Should the Packers and Saints also finish 12-4, the Seahawks also get the number 1 seed.
The Seahawks don’t have complete control over the situation, and in a weird way, beyond taking care of their own business, they want to root for the two teams behind them to do what they do – not stay in one -a situation with the Saints.
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How Seahawks Get Seeds No. 2 or no. 3 in the NFC
The Seahawks will be No. 2 if they beat the NFC West at 13-3 or 12-4 and are even with the Saints only and not with the Packers. The Seahawks would fall to No. 3 if they went 1-1 to win the NFC West should both the Packers and Saints have to win out to have each complete game at 13-3.
How Seahawks Get Seeds No. 5 or no. 6 in the NFC
The Seahawks can fall here in one of two ways – to lose or to beat the Cardinals but to lose to the 49ers. Going 0-2 and falling to 11-5 will lose the division from a full game or two to the 49ers. Going 1-1 to finish 12-4 will lose a split from a complete game or a head-to-head tiebreaker
If the Seahawks don’t win the division by 11-5, the Vikings, who lost to them, could push them to No. 6 if they win 12-4 as the top wild card, assuming the Packers beat them. Lions Week 17 to get the NFC North still. Should the Seahawks not win the division at 12-4, it will be the No. 5 no matter what. They have the heads-to-head tiebreaker over the Vikings in case the team wins and the Packers can only be a wild card No. 6 at 11-5.