The Seahawks know they're going to the playoffs, and that as a Wild Card team, they'll have to play on the road, but where that first postseason game will take place has not yet been determined. In fact, with Green Bay and Minnesota playing on Sunday night to decide the NFC North, Seattle's playoff destination won't be known until about 8:30 pm PT.
While the six NFC playoff teams have been determined, the seeding is up in the air other than Washington (8-7) being locked into the No. 4 seed as the NFC East champion. Carolina (14-1) and Arizona (13-2) have clinched the top two seeds and a first-round bye, but the No. 1 seed is still up for grabs. Green Bay (10-5) and Minnesota (10-5) are also both playoff bound, but one will be the No. 3 seed as the NFC North champ, and the other will be a Wild Card like the Seahawks (9-6).
Depending on what happens in Seattle's game at Arizona and in the Green Bay-Minnesota nightcap, the Seahawks could end up in Green Bay, Minnesota or Washington. Here are the possible scenarios for the Seahawks:
- If the Seahawks win and the Packers win, the Seahawks would be the No. 5 seed and go to Washington. A Packers win would make them the three seed as the NFC North champion, and if the Seahawks and Vikings both finish 10-6, Seattle has the head-to-head tiebreaker, making the Vikings the six seed.
- If the Seahawks win and the Vikings win, Seattle would be the No. 6 seed and go to Minnesota. If the Vikings win the division and the Seahawks and Packers are the two Wild Cards at 10-6, Green Bay holds the head-to-head tiebreaker by virtue of their Week 2 victory, so they would be the five seed headed to Washington, while the Seahawks would be the six and go to Minnesota.
- If the Seahawks lose and the Packers win, Seattle is the No. 6 seed and goes to Green Bay.
- If the Seahawks lose and the Vikings win, Seattle is the No. 6 seed and goes to Minnesota.