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Seahawks playoff history
Seattle has made the playoffs eight times since moving to the NFC, more than all but three other NFL teams.
Seattle Times staff reporter
The Seahawks, with nine playoff victories, have a long way to go to reach the NFL record of 33, currently shared by Pittsburgh and Dallas.
But hey, they haven’t existed anywhere near as long as those teams.
And take heart in this stat: since realignment in 2002, Seattle is behind only Indianapolis (11), New England (10) and Green Bay (nine) in playoff berths.
The Seahawks, who have made the playoffs 13 times total, have played in the postseason eight years since moving to the NFC and into CenturyLink Field.
So with that happy thought in mind, a year-by-year review of Seattle’s playoff history:
AFC wild card:Seahawks 31, Denver 7
AFC divisional:Seahawks 27, Miami 20
AFC championship:L.A. Raiders 30, Seahawks 14
Seattle’s first foray into the playoffs remains one of only two times it has won multiple games, and includes the team’s biggest playoff upset, the divisional win against a Don Shula-coached and Dan Marino-quarterbacked Miami team that had played in the Super Bowl the year before, and would the year after.
The Seahawks won their last two regular-season games to get in at 9-7 in their first year under coach Chuck Knox and routed Denver before the upset of the Dolphins.
But it came crashing down with a thud in the L.A. Coliseum. Seattle had beaten the Raiders in each regular-season meeting, due largely to a rather insane 13-2 turnover differential. The Raiders held onto to the ball in this game, then beat the Redskins in the Super Bowl.
AFC wild card:Seahawks, 13, Raiders 7
AFC divisional:Miami 31, Seahawks 10
The Seahawks, after starting 12-2, lost their last two games to lose the AFC West to Denver. A wild-card win over hated and defending champion Raiders made everyone feel better (led by unlikely hero Dan Doornink, who rushed for 126 yards, still fourth-most in Seahawks playoff history). But revenge-minded Miami dominated the Seahawks in the divisional round (odd fact: Seattle never sacked Marino in either game).
AFC wild card:Houston 23, Seahawks 20 (OT)
An up-and-down 9-6 season ended in controversy. An apparent Fredd Young interception of a tipped Warren Moon pass was ruled incomplete after a replay review. That allowed the Oilers to drive for a game-winning field goal. Reality, though, is that the right team won. The Oilers dominated, holding the ball for 47:44 — the most ever against the Seahawks with the caveat that the game lasted an extra 8:05 — compared to 20:21 for the Seahawks. Fun fact: the TV color announcer for the game was Joe Namath.
AFC divisional: Cincinnati 21, Seahawks 13
The Seahawks went on a late-season surge to win their first AFC West Division title. That earned them a meeting with the Bengals, darlings of the NFL. Cincinnati had gone from 4-11 in 1987 to 12-4 in 1988 thanks in part to the emergence of rookie running back Ickey Woods (youngsters, Google The Ickey Shuffle for a bit of fun). The game is best remembered for Seattle appearing to try to slow down Cincinnati’s no-huddle offense by faking injuries. (Seahawks defensive tackle Joe Nash said he simply had cramps). Seattle tried to rally from a 21-0 halftime deficit, but a missed point after touchdown (in the era before the two-point play) helped kill the comeback.
AFC wild card:Miami 20, Seahawks 17
In the last sporting event held in the Kingdome on Jan. 9, 2000, 38-year-old Marino led the Dolphins on a late drive for his last playoff win of his career. It was the first season in Seattle for Mike Holmgren. The Seattle loss didn’t look much better when Marino and the Dolphins were beaten the following week at Jacksonville, 62-7, in the last game of Marino’s career.
NFC wild card:Green Bay 33, Seahawks 27 (OT)
This is the game made famous for Matt Hasselbeck’s declaration that “we want the ball and we’re going to score’’ after winning the coin toss following regulation. Seattle fans know what sadly came next — Al Harris’ 52-yard interception return for the winning touchdown a few minutes later. The game featured five 1-yard touchdown runs, three by Shaun Alexander.
NFC wild card:St. Louis 27, Seahawks 20
Seattle was 9-7 and the Rams were 8-8 with two wins over the Seahawks during the regular season. The Rams won the third meeting in the playoffs when former Husky Cam Cleeland caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Marc Bulger with 2:11 left.
NFC divisional:Seahawks 20, Washington 10
NFC championship:Seahawks 34, Carolina 14
Super Bowl XL:Pittsburgh 21, Seahawks 10
The crowning moment in Seahawks history ended in equal parts disappointment and Bill Leavy-inspired controversy. Not-so-fun fact: Seattle crossed midfield on nine of 12 possessions against the Steelers but got only a field goal and a touchdown.
NFC wild card:Seahawks 21, Dallas 20
NFC divisional:Chicago 27, Seahawks 24 (OT)
Seattle stumbled into the playoffs the year after the Super Bowl, losing three of its last four games. But the Seahawks rediscovered the magic against the Cowboys, escaping when Tony Romo fumbled the snap of a likely game-winning field goal and then was tackled at the 2-yard line by Jordan (Big Play) Babineaux. Seattle was a 9½ point underdog the next week against the Bears, who had beaten Seattle 37-6 earlier in the season. Seattle forced OT but fell to 0-3 all-time in overtime playoff games.
NFC wild card:Seahawks 35, Washington 14
NFC divisional:Green Bay 42, Seahawks 20
This was the last gasp for the Holmgren-era Seahawks. The Redskins led 14-13 with 12:38 left and had the ball deep in Seattle territory following a fumbled kickoff before the Seahawks went on an unlikely 22-0 run in a span of 11:10 to pull away. Seattle then led 14-0 the next week before being ambushed by the Packers in the last Green Bay win for Brett Favre.
NFC wild card:Seahawks 41, New Orleans 36
NFC divisional:Chicago 35, Seahawks 24
You might hear again at some point this weekend about the “Beast Quake’’ run that clinched the win over the Saints — making Seattle 2-0 in the playoffs against defending Super Bowl champs. Any momentum was quickly snuffed out the next week as the Bears took a 28-0 lead en route to an easy win.
NFC wild card:Seahawks 24, Washington 14
NFC divisional:Atlanta 30, Seahawks 28
In the largest comeback in Seattle playoff history, the Seahawks rallied from an early 14-0 deficit to beat ailing Robert Griffin III and the Redskins. Seattle tried to one up itself the next week, falling behind 20-0 at halftime before taking a 28-27 lead with 31 seconds left. Not-so-fun fact: When Atlanta came back to win, it made Seattle 1-4 in playoff games decided by three points or less.