Saints vs. Seahawks: How Will the NFL Playoffs Treat the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks?
Saints vs. Seahawks is a historical event even before the game kicks off, thanks to the fact that Seattle has become the first team with a losing regular season record to win their division and host a playoff game.
This led to much griping from fans of the two NFC teams with 10-6 records left outside the playoff picture (the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers), but such is life in a playoff system built around divisions and only having two wild card slots.
Now comes the time for Seattle to silence all the doubters and cynics that have relentlessly mocked their standing as a division champion and playoff contender. The most pertinent question, of course, is can Seattle actually win one or more playoff games?
The NFL is very much an "any given Sunday (or in this case, Saturday)" league, meaning even the worst team on paper is capable of pulling off a victory against a heavy favorite. Seattle is very much the underdog despite playing at home, but they have some things working in their favor.
They are riding momentum, having basically played a playoff game in Week 17 in their winner-takes-the-division contest against the St. Louis Rams. Their defense plays better at home, and will have a previous regular season game against New Orleans to work off of in terms of preparing for what to expect from Drew Brees and the Saints' offense.
They also have playoff experience at the top, as Pete Carroll made the postseason during his brief stint coaching the New England Patriots in the late '90s, winning one playoff game. Matt Hasselbeck has also guided the Seahawks to the postseason before, getting there six times with Seattle in his career, including taking them to the Super Bowl after the 2005 season.
Is it enough to dethrone the New Orleans Saints? We will find out in due time.
For more on the playoffs, check out NFL Playoffs Schedule: 5 Keys to Saints-Seahawks and Jets-Colts.
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