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.”
“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.”