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Originally published Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Seahawks still hanging on to playoff hopes

The Seahawks' playoff chances aren't all that complicated at this point. They're not all that good, either. Seattle must win its final two...

Seattle Times staff reporter

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The Seahawks' playoff chances aren't all that complicated at this point.

They're not all that good, either.

Seattle must win its final two games, and that's just for starters. For Seattle to make the playoffs, one of two scenarios must also play out:

1). Detroit must lose both of its final two games. If the Seahawks and Lions both finish 9-7, the Seahawks would win any tiebreaker scenario that would result by virtue of their conference record.

2). Atlanta must lose its final two games AND Chicago must win its final two games. Seattle would not win a two-team tiebreaker against Atlanta because of the Falcons' head-to-head victory in Seattle in Week 4. The Seahawks would win a multiteam tiebreaker against Atlanta at 9-7 as long as the Bears were one of the other teams involved.

Got all that? The final two games involving the Giants and Cowboys play no factor in Seattle's playoff fate, and while the Seahawks are currently tied with Arizona at 7-7, those teams play in Week 17, meaning only the winner would have a chance at getting to the nine wins necessary for playoff consideration.

SEAHAWKS (7-7) Remaining opponents: vs. San Francisco (11-3); at Arizona (7-7).
Remaining opponents' collective winning percentage: .643.
The Seahawks have won five consecutive games just three times in franchise history. They'll have to do it a fourth time to have any chance.
LIONS (9-5) Remaining opponents: vs. San Diego (7-7); at Green Bay (13-1).
Remaining opponents' collective winning percentage: .714.
The Lions have the toughest pair of opponents remaining of any team involved in the wild-card chase, starting with the Chargers at home.
FALCONS (9-5) Remaining opponents: at New Orleans (11-3); vs. Tampa Bay (4-10).
Remaining opponents' collective winning percentage: .536
The Falcons haven't lost back-to-back games all season. Do you really think they're going to suffer an 0-2 skid to close out the season?
BEARS (7-7) Remaining opponents: at Green Bay (13-1); at Minnesota (2-12).
Remaining opponents' collective winning percentage: .536.
Bears have been outscored 86-47 during a four-game losing skid that has them on the verge of postseason irrelevance.

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