Ok, we got embarrassed, but we're not technically dead (just in spirit)
With Green Bay’s win over Minnesota, the Seahawks no longer control their destiny. They will need to travel to Arizona and take on a suddenly resurgent Cardinals team that, if we're being honest, will probably run for 200 yards again on this Seahawks' defense. If Seattle manages to pull out a road victory, they will need the Packers to lose at home to the Chicago Bears, a team that Green Bay has defeated 9 straight times.
Maybe there's some 2022-2023 Detroit Lions magic in Chicago for Week 18, but I'm not betting on it and I don't think it really matters. If Seattle were to get the lucky lottery ticket again, they'd travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys in a 2 versus 7 matchup. Seattle arguably played their best game of the year against Dallas a month ago and still lost.
While I'd be happy and excited to see the Seahawks play one more game again this season, we all know that Seattle would be massive underdogs. If they win, their reward is a 7th straight beat down from the 49ers in the Divisional Round. Is that really growth? This year was supposed to be a jump, and yet Seattle is almost identically in the same spot as last season. An extra playoff appearance does not help this franchise get out of the rut that they are so clearly in.
At the end of the day, it felt like a gut wrenching loss on what should be Pete Carroll's final home game.