Tim Lewis: Seahawks' potential playoff opponents
SEATTLE -- We know when (Saturday, January 11th) and where (CenturyLink Field) the Seahawks are playing, but we don't know who Seattle is up against in the postseason. At least we have an idea, though.
The Seahawks are the No. 1-seed in the NFC, so they'll face the highest remaining seed after this weekend's Wild Card round.
We know for a fact the Seahawks won't play Carolina (No. 2) or Philadelphia (No. 3) until the NFC Championship, so that leaves Green Bay (No. 4), San Francisco (No. 5), and New Orleans (No. 6).
Here's a quick breakdown of the Seahawks' potential playoff opponents:
Green Bay Packers
Record/Seed: 8-7-1 / No. 4
How The Seahawks Will Meet Them Next Week: If Philadelphia beats New Orleans on Saturday and Green Bay takes down San Francisco on Sunday.
Last Meeting: It was one of the most controversial games in NFL history, and it shook out last season on September 24th. Golden Tate came down with a last-second, game-winning touchdown against Green Bay on Monday Night Football. One replacement official called it a touchdown, while the other signaled the end of the game. Despite the controversy, the Seahawks beat the Packers 14-12.
San Francisco 49ers
Record/Seed: 12-4 / No. 5
How The Seahawks Will Meet Them Next Week: If Philadelphia beats New Orleans on Saturday and San Francisco defeats Green Bay on Sunday.
Last Meeting: The Seahawks and 49ers split their regular season meetings this year. Seattle took down San Francisco 29-3 on September 15th at CenturyLink Field, and then the Seahawks lost to the 49ers 19-17 on December 8th in San Francisco. A third matchup, especially in the playoffs, will be one of the rowdiest meetings we'll ever see in this heated rivalry.
New Orleans Saints
Record/Seed: 11-5 / No. 6
How The Seahawks Will Meet Them Next Week: If New Orleans takes down Philadelphia on Saturday.
Last Meeting: The Seahawks dominated the Saints 34-7 on December 2nd. Seattle's defense suffocated the usually high-scoring New Orleans offense, holding the Saints to their lowest point total since 2006. New Orleans' star quarterback Drew Brees only threw for 147 yards and a touchdown. That's an impressive feat, figuring Brees is one of the NFL's all-time leaders in both categories.
There's no such thing as an easy opponent in the playoffs. No matter who sneaks through the first round, Seattle will have quite the challenge next weekend. It's nice to know the Seahawks have found success recently against all these teams, though. Playing at CenturyLink Field doesn't hurt either.