Seahawks Still Alive (Barely) for Playoff Spot, Host Rams on Monday Night

Roman UschakCorrespondent IDecember 12, 2011

Marshawn Lynch runs against St. Louis in a 16-6 win on Jan. 2
Marshawn Lynch runs against St. Louis in a 16-6 win on Jan. 2Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Well, the Dallas Cowboys certainly didn't help the Seattle Seahawks' playoff chances with their fourth-quarter collapse on Sunday night against the New York Giants.

Seattle could have tied New York with a win tomorrow night on Monday Night Football against the visiting St. Louis Rams—and hold the tiebreaker with the Giants via their 36-25 win at the Meadowlands in October—but that was before the Giants rallied from a 12-point deficit to top the Cowboys, 37-34, in Texas and improve to 7-6. The Arizona Cardinals also moved to 6-7 by beating the NFC West-leading San Francisco 49ers, 21-19, on Sunday afternoon in Phoenix.

At 5-7, Seattle is not completely out of the NFC playoff picture; but things just got a lot harder, if not downright impossible, for the team from the Pacific Northwest.

The Seahawks have to win their remaining four games against St. Louis, Chicago, San Francisco and Arizona to have any kind of opportunity to grab a wild card spot, since the 49ers have already locked up the division with 10 wins.

Seattle also has to hope that Detroit (8-5), Dallas (7-6) and Atlanta (8-5) all falter down the stretch, as the Seahawks lost head-to-head tiebreakers with both the Cowboys and Falcons, and with Dallas still having to play the Giants again. If they don't, and/or Seattle finishes with anything other than a 9-7 record, they'll have to wait until 2012 at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks' postseason chances right now look to be slim and none—and slim is about ready to leave town...

Those earlier losses to Cleveland and Washington (and possibly Atlanta) loom even larger now for Seattle, despite last week's big win over failing Philadelphia. Coulda, shoulda, woulda, as former Saints head coach (and Seahawks assistant coach) Jim Mora might say.

Hard to believe that last season, seven wins was all that was needed to clinch the NFC West. Not this time.