After beating the Chicago Bears today by a score of 38 to 14, the Seahawks now look to win their last two games of the season and, with some help from other teams, hopefully find themselves in the playoffs for a second year in a row.
How is this possible, you ask?!
Didn't this team start the season with a 2 and 6 record?
Yes it is possible and yes, they did get off to a slow start, but after winning five of the last six games, the Seahawks now have as many wins as they did all of last year and have two more games to add to that total before the season is over.
Here is what needs to happen for the Seahawks to make the playoffs:
First of all, the Seahawks must beat the division leading San Francisco 49ers at home on Christmas Eve and then must go to Arizona for one more victory against the Cardinals. Even if they are able to take care of their own business, they will need some help to make a return trip to the post season.
The Detroit Lions and the Atlanta Falcons currently hold the two NFC Wild Card spots with 9 wins and 5 losses each. If either or both teams lose out and the Seahawks win their last two games, then the Seahawks will make the playoffs through a series of tie-breakers that I honestly don't fully understand.
The Lions provide the best scenario for the Hawks as they host the San Diego Chargers and go to Green Bay to face the Packers in their final two games. The Packers are widely considered the favorites to win the Super Bowl as they had not lost a game until this weekend and The Chargers are one of the hottest teams in the NFL and are also fighting for a playoff spot in the AFC.
The Falcons will most likely lose in New Orleans to the Saints, but have a good chance at winning their season finale against a disappointing Tampa Bay Buccaneers team. If they win one or both of these games, they are in the playoffs.
The Cowboys may factor in to the mix as well if they end up losing the NFC East division to the Giants and also end up tied with the Seahawks, but that is an unlikely scenario although unlikely scenarios seem to be the most likely thing to happen from week to week in the NFL so who knows.
There you have it! Hopefully that all makes sense.