Last Thursday night, the Seahawks clinched the division with a 24-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. This past weekend, Seattle moved back into the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoff picture after watching the Detroit Lions fall to the New York Giants.
The Seahawks can hold that No. 2 playoff spot, which ensures a first-round bye, by winning their final two regular-season games against the NFC West rival Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers. On Tuesday afternoon, the NFL offered a look at another scenario that would allow the Seahawks to clinch a first-round bye as soon as Week 16.
The Seahawks will clinch a first-round playoff bye in Week 16 if the following plays out:
Seattle win + Detroit loss + Atlanta loss or tie.
The Seahawks host the Cardinals on Christmas Eve at CenturyLink Field, while the Atlanta Falcons will play the Carolina Panthers earlier that day. The Detroit Lions, meanwhile, don't play until Monday, December 26 against the Dallas Cowboys, who can clinch the No. 1 seed with a win or tie, or with a New York Giants loss or tie. The No. 1 seed is out of reach for the Seahawks, as it will go to either the Cowboys or the Giants, whichever team wins the NFC East.
NFL.com has an extended look at the playoff race in each conference, which you can check out right here.
Team photographer Rod Mar shares exclusive behind-the-scenes images from the Seahawks' Week 15 win over the Los Angeles Rams, a game that saw Seattle debut its Action Green Color Rush uniforms at CenturyLink Field.