In 2005, the Seattle Seahawks finished the season 13-3 and won the NFC West. In the playoffs, they beat the Washington Redskins, 20-10, and the Carolina Panthers, 34-14, at Qwest Field.
The Seahawks then advanced to Super Bowl XL, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 21-10.
After winning in a Week 17 “playoff” game on Sunday Night Football against the St. Louis Rams, 16-6, the Seattle Seahawks became the first team in NFL History to make the playoffs with a losing record (7-9) in a non-strike shortened season.
The Seahawks then defeated the defending Super Bowl champions, the New Orleans Saints, 41-36 in the Wild Card round.
No chance, right? That’s what everyone expected. Well, the Seahawks had one advantage that they’ve had for several years now: Qwest Field, also known as the 12th Man. In the playoffs, the Seahawks are 5-1 at Qwest Field, practically unbeatable. That one loss came in 2004 to the St. Louis Rams, 27-20.
Now traveling to Chicago to face the 11-5 Chicago Bears, the Seahawks are once again the underdogs, though that should be taken with a grain of salt after last week's win.
Also, in Week 6, the Seahawks beat the Bears, 23-20 at Solider Field, sacking Jay Cutler six times. Expect that same defensive mentality against the Bears in the NFC Divisional game, because the stakes are higher. Win or go home.
How far will Seattle go?
Prediction: Seahawks 20, Bears 17
After the Seahawks fly over the Bears, they’ll go on to play the 10-6 Green Bay Packers at Qwest Field. Though the Seahawks will most likely be the underdogs, especially following the Packers' 48-21 win over Atlanta last night, the Seahawks don’t forget.
In 2007, the Packers beat the Seahawks, 42-20. They were the last team to eliminate the Seahawks from the playoffs. That game was at Lambeau Field, this one will be at Qwest.
The Seahawks will upset the Packers in the NFC Championship Game, and just like they did in 2005, they will move onto the Super Bowl to face, in my opinion, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Wouldn’t that be cool to see a rematch of a Super Bowl? Well, probably not if you’re a Packers, Bears, Jets or Patriots fan. But if you’re an NFL fan, why not?
In the NFL’s Super Bowl history, a rematch in the Super Bowl has only happened four times. It first happened in 1979 for Super Bowl XIII between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers, which Pittsburgh won, 35-31. It was a rematch of Super Bowl X, which the Steelers also won, 21-17.
It happened again four years later in Super Bowl XVII between the Miami Dolphins and the Washington Redskins, which the Redskins won, 27-17. It was a rematch of Super Bowl VII, which the Dolphins won, 14-7.
It happened for the third time in Super Bowl XXVIII, where the Dallas Cowboys beat the Buffalo Bills, 30-13. It was a rematch of the previous year's Super Bowl, where the Cowboys beat the Bills, 52-17.
Then for the fourth, and so far the last, rematch, the Cowboys beat the Steelers, 27-17 in Super Bowl XXX. It was the third time these two teams met in the Super Bowl.
But back to Seattle. This Seahawks team proved that the playoffs are a new season, and that the regular season doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is how you play on the field during a particular game.
That’s been the story this year, as Hasselbeck has been playing like the 2005 Hasselbeck that took Seattle to a Super Bowl. The Seahawks have a running game with Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett, and the defense is looking good.
But the Seahawks have something that they didn't in 2005, which is a dominant wide receiver (Mike Williams). That is why the Seahawks can make another Super Bowl run.
Yes, no team with a sub-.500 record has ever won a Super Bowl, but if the Seahawks became the first team to make the playoffs in a full season, why can’t they go to a Super Bowl? Yes, Super Bowl XLV is a couple weeks away, but there’s always a first for everything.