The Seattle Seahawks are officially headed to the NFL Playoffs.
With a 20-15 victory over the Washington Football Team on Sunday, the Seahawks, now 10-4, clinched a spot in the playoffs for their ninth playoff berth in 11 years under Pete Carroll and John Schneider, and their eighth in the past nine seasons.
Last year, the Seahawks nabbed a playoff spot as the fifth seed and faced off against the fourth-seeded Eagles in the Wild Card Round at the Linc. In front of an energetic crowd in Philly, the Seahawks defeated the Eagles 17-9 to advance to the divisional round vs. Green Bay.
At a chilly Lambeau Field, Seattle turned a 21-3 halftime deficit into a one-score game late in the fourth quarter. But ultimately, the Seahawks fell 28-23 in the frozen tundra to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
While Seattle is currently the five-seed in the NFC, that could change next Sunday at Lumen Field when the Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams battle it out to be the top dog in the NFC West. This remains the case no matter what the outcome is between the Rams (9-4) and Jets (0-13) on Sunday at SoFi Stadium.
The Seahawks still control their destiny in regard to the quest for the NFC’s top seed. The Packers are now 11-3 following a 24-16 win on Saturday over the Carolina Panthers. New Orleans (10-3) will welcome Kansas City (12-1) on Sunday at 1:25 p.m.
To have a shot at any bye, Seattle must win out and move to 12-4 on the year. But going 3-0 down the stretch merely guarantees an NFC West title and a home playoff spot, not necessarily the top spot in the playoffs.
Per FiveThirtyEight, the Seahawks still have a 38 percent of winning the division, a 2 percent chance at a first-round bye, and a 2 percent chance at winning a Super Bowl this season.
There’s a lot that has to happen for the Seahawks in the next few weeks if they want to win the NFC West, claim a first-round bye, and secure the NFC’s top spot. But don’t worry Seahawks fans, your team is in the postseason no matter what.