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Monday Round-Up: A Year To Remember In Seattle Sports 

Looking back at a historic year for the city of Seattle, as the Seahawks, Mariners, Kraken & Storm all celebrate earning playoff berths.

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Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Monday, April 10 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

A Big Year For Seattle Sports Teams

The Seattle Kraken celebrated their first playoff berth Thursday night, a big accomplishment in the franchise's second year of existence. The success of the Emerald City's hockey squad concludes a historic year for Seattle, as four of the city's major professional teams, including the Seahawks, earned a trip to the playoffs in 2022-23.

Last September, the Seattle Mariners earned their first playoff appearance since 2001, ending a 21-year playoff drought, a major turnaround for a franchise that held the record for the longest playoff-drought of the four major American sports (NBA, MLB, NFL and NHL). In December, the 9-8 Seahawks clawed their way to an NFC Wild Card berth, led by 2022 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Geno Smith. In Sue Bird's final season, the Storm reached the postseason for the seventh consecutive season after a 22-14 regular season. OL Reign, meanwhile, finished with the best regular season record in the NWSL, earning a fourth straight postseason berth. And after finishing 27-49-6 in the franchise's first season of existence, the Kraken are currently 45-26-8 in 2022 and clinched a playoff berth with Thursday's win over Arizona.

Seattle joins Los Angeles as the only two cities in the country to have MLB, NFL and NHL teams all make the playoffs in 2022-23. The Seattle Sounders FC missed the playoffs for the first time in team history in 2022, but made some history of their own. In May, the Sounders became the first MLS franchise to win the Concacaf Champions League in its current format, earning a 3-0 victory over Pumas UNAM at Lumen Field. The Sounders also became the first franchise in MLS history to compete in the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

It's a year to build on for the city, as five of the top franchises in Seattle earned chances to compete for a championship. The future for Seattle looks bright, as the Seahawks prepare to build on their playoff roster in this month's upcoming 2023 NFL Draft. As the city prepares to root for the Kraken in the playoffs, it's a great time to be optimistic about Seattle pro sports.

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