The Seattle Seahawks officially clinched a spot in the postseason with a 30-24 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon as well as the Dallas Cowboys beating the Los Angeles Rams 44-21 in the evening.
It marks Seattle's second consecutive trip to the playoffs and seventh in the last eight years. The team has not advanced beyond the divisional round since making back-to-back Super Bowl appearances (2014-15) during the Legion of Boom era.
While those Super Bowl teams featured a dominant defense, this year's Seahawks squad is led by NFL MVP candidate Russell Wilson. The eighth-year veteran has led Seattle to the No. 5-ranked offense and the No. 6-ranked scoring offense.
Seattle has long been positioned to reach the postseason after starting the season 5-1. Although a playoff berth has been taken care of, there is still plenty of work to be done throughout the remainder of the regular season.
The Seahawks (11-3) find themselves in a battle with the 49ers (11-3) for the NFC West crown, which would guarantee at least one home playoff game. Seattle leapfrogged the Niners for the division lead due to the Atlanta Falcons upsetting San Francisco 29-22 on Sunday.
The Seahawks currently hold the tiebreaker over the 49ers, having beaten them 27-24 in Week 10. The two will square off once more in Week 17.
Not only is Seattle and San Francisco going head-to-head for the division title, but they are both competing with the Packers (11-3) and New Orleans Saints (10-3) for home-field advantage in the NFC.