Thanks to two huge wins against NFC West division rivals, the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers, the Seahawks have found themselves not only back in the playoff race but in control of their own destiny with four games remaining in the 2014 regular season.
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At 8-4 and games against the Cardinals and 49ers remaining, Seattle would win the division if they win out. That’s something that is very possible given the way Seattle’s defense has played the past few weeks and key players getting healthy at the right time.
Before Seattle faces the Cardinals again, this time in Arizona, the Seahawks have to face the Philadelphia Eagles (9-3) and Mark Sanchez on the road. It’ll be an important game but not one that will make or break the Seahawks if they can win their remaining divisional matchups.
Despite having the toughest remaining schedule, Seattle faces three backup quarterbacks in their four games. Sanchez, Drew Stanton and Shaun Hill. Only 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was the starter for his team heading into the opening game of the season. And we all know how he’s fared against the Seahawks, especially in CenturyLink Field where the 49ers will play in two weeks.
If the season were to end today the Seahawks would own the 5th seed in the NFC playoff picture. The six teams that would represent the conference would be:
1. Arizona Cardinals (9-3) NFC West Champs
2. Green Bay Packers (9-3) NFC North Champs
3. Philadelphia Eagles (9-3) NFC East Champs
4. Atlanta Falcons (5-7) NFC South Champs
5. Seattle Seahawks (8-4) Wild Card
6. Detroit Lions (8-4) Wild Card
Hope still remains:
7. Dallas Cowboys (8-4) Would miss playoffs because Detroit owns a better conference record.
8. San Francisco 49ers (7-5)
9. New Orleans Saints (5-7) Losses tiebreaker against the Falcons because of loss to ATL.