It’s simple, really.
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All the Seattle Seahawks need to do on Sunday is beat the St. Louis Rams.
Beating the Rams clinches the NFC West for the Seahawks for the second year in a row, only a couple of months after Seattle was 3-3 and looked like a team that might miss the postseason.
And if that wasn’t sweet enough already, Seattle can clinch the top spot in the conference for the second-straight year as well.
They need to beat the Rams and then hope the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions don’t tie. That’s it.
They don’t need any other teams to win or lose or this or that, they just need to hope one game doesn’t end in a draw.
We have to like the odds as Seahawks fans, but don’t get too comfy.
The Rams played spoiler to the Seahawks first half of the season, beating them in the Midwest, 28-26, using trick plays and gutsy calls to upset Seattle.
Granted, the Seahawks statistically outplayed them throughout the game, gaining more total yards (463-275), running more plays (68-48), and winning the possession game (32:24-27:36).
But the Rams figured out how to utilize trickery on special teams and pulled off a stunning fake punt return formation that ended in a touchdown, and then a fake punt towards the end of the game that stalled the Seahawks comeback bid.
It was the first time the Rams beat the Seahawks since Sept. 2012, but both teams tend to play great games between each other.
The last time the Rams visited the Seahawks was in last year’s regular season finale, which Seattle won handily, 27-9.
The Rams, at 6-9, aren’t playing for a playoff spot this Sunday, but they would love to play spoiler again to the Seahawks.
The Seahawks will finish the season in one of three spots in this year’s postseason:
No. 1 Seed
If the Seahawks beat the Rams and the Packers-Lions game doesn’t end in a draw, the Seahawks will earn the top seed in the conference.
No. 3 Seed
If the Seahawks lose to the Rams and the Cardinals lose as well. If that happens, Seattle would still win the West, but they would become the NFC’s No. 3 seed.
No. 5 Seed
If the Seahawks lose and the Cardinals win, Seattle would drop to the No. 5 seed as a wild card team, second in the NFC West.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but the Seahawks control their own destiny at this point.
Kickoff between the Seahawks and Rams is on Sunday, Dec. 28 at 1:25 p.m. PT on FOX.