Seahawks' playoff prognosis
Posted by Danny O'Neil
That's because the NFC West went 0-for-Week 15, so while Seattle is two games below .500 for the first time this season, the Seahawks are closer to a playoff berth when the week began because the 49ers lost in San Diego on Thursday and the Rams were beaten at home by the Chiefs on Sunday.
Why does that matter? Well, the 49ers will end up with a tiebreaker advantage over Seattle in all scenarios in which the Seahawks finish tied with San Francisco for the division title. Seattle needed the Rams to lose in Week 15 to the Chiefs or Week 16 to the 49ers to make sure the regular-season finale was relevant even if Seattle entered that game 6-9. Well, that was the case. So here are Seattle's playoff breakdowns:
If the Seahawks finish 8-8 ...
They are guaranteed a playoff berth. They would finish alone atop the division.
If the Seahawks finish 7-9 ...
The Seahawks make the playoffs provided: a) The Seahawks beat St. Louis in Week 17. This is non-negotiable. Seattle must beat the Rams; c) 49ers must lose one of the next two games, which are against St. Louis and Arizona.
That means Seattle's playoff chances would actually be helped by a St. Louis victory in Week 16, and if that occurs, the outcome of Seattle's game at Tampa Bay would become irrelevant as far as postseason implications. If the Rams beat the 49ers, the winner of the Week 17 regular-season finale between the Rams and Seahawks will be the division champion and receive a playoff berth.
Also, Arizona's 19-12 loss at Carolina on Sunday eliminated the Cardinals from playoff consideration, which is no small feat in a division this bad.
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