The Seattle Seahawks thrashed the Arizona Cardinals 36-6 on Sunday. They are now up against the Minnesota Vikings in the playoff opener in a wild-card game. The Vikings won the NFC North title on Sunday by beating the Green Bay Packers.
The Seahawks now get an opportunity to open playoffs at a venue where they have registered their largest win in the regular season. They demolished the Vikings 38-7 on December 6 at Minnesota behind three touchdown passes from Russell Wilson.
With a 20-13 win over the Green Bay Packers, the Vikings won the NFC North title. And that set up a wild-card game between the Vikings and the Seahawks this coming Sunday. The Seahawks won the 6th seed in the NFC playoff.
Clinching the No 6 seed is a challenging job. The Seahawks will now have to play each of the playoff ties on the road. They are also required to win three road games in as many weeks to reach the Super Bowl 50.
The Seahawks have a 2-9 record all-time in road playoff games. Only two teams in NFL history have won a Super Bowl as 6 seed since playoffs were expanded in 1990.
“We’re poised for this situation,’’ Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett said, appearing to be ready for the challenge. “You think about it. We’re a young team that’s been to a Super Bowl. … We know we’re primed for this situation.’’
The Seahawks have won 5 road games on a road to clinch a playoff berth.
Due to the NFL’s rotatory schedule, it’s clear which teams the Seahawks shall face in home and away games next regular season.
Seahawks at home in 2016: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles
Seahawks on the road in 2016: New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers