Focus on: Max Unger Playoff memories

Posted Jan 10, 2014

To Pro Bowl center Max Unger, the only thing fun about playing in the postseason is the same thing that makes playing in the regular season fun – and that’s winning.

Max Unger has limited playoff experience, and even more limited memories.

The Pro Bowl center might be one of the longest-tenured Seahawks, but the team’s second-round choice from the 2009 NFL Draft was on injured reserve for the playoff games after the 2010 season – when the Seahawks upset the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in a wild-card game in Seattle and then lost to the Bears in Chicago the following week in the divisional round.

Unger did play in last season’s wild-card game against the Washington Redskins, when the Seahawks claimed their first road playoff victory since 1983; and then loss to the Falcons in Atlanta in the divisional round.

But asked this week for his favorite playoff memory, leading into Saturday’s divisional game against the Saints at CenturyLink Field, Unger was at a loss.

“Uhhhh, I can’t say that I’ve been in enough to really have a favorite moment,” he said. “We’ll see.”

Hmmm. That means it could be on tap for Saturday, when the winner of the Seahawks’ game against the Saints will advance to next Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the winner of this Sunday’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and Panthers in Carolina.

“Yeah, it might be coming up,” Unger said with a smile.

It’s no secret that playoff football is different from regular-season football. In the regular season, there’s always next week, win or lose. In the playoffs, there is no next week unless you win – and a loss leaves you waiting until next season to play again.

Unger did get a taste of that two-sided reality last season.

“It’s still football, this is just a higher level of football,” Unger said. “The playoffs are big, obviously. But when you get down to it, it’s another game.”

Is it more fun because the game is indeed in the postseason?

“Winning is fun,” Unger said. “So Washington was good and Atlanta was the worst game of the year, to be honest with you.”