The Seahawks head into Sunday night's game against the 49ers knowing they are already playoff-bound, but the result of that game, as well as a couple of other NFC games, will have a big impact on seeding.
First and foremost, the Seahawks are trying to win the NFC West, and the home playoff game that comes with it, and a win over the 49ers would give Seattle a division title and at worst the No. 3 seed. There is still a way for the Seahawks to earn a bye or perhaps even homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, but they would need help for those things to happen.
Here are all the relevant scenarios for the Seahawks heading into Week 17:
- The Seahawks clinch the NFC West with a win.
- The Seahawks clinch a first-round bye with a win and a Green Bay loss.
- The Seahawks clinch homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win, a Green Bay loss and a New Orleans loss.
If the Seahawks win and don't get the help they need from Detroit, which plays Green Bay, and Carolina, which plays New Orleans, Seattle would be the No. 3 seed. A Seahawks win combined with a Green Bay loss and a New Orleans win would make the Saints the No. 1 seed and Seattle the No. 2 seed. And a Seahawks win combined with Saints and Packers losses would hand Seattle the No. 1 seed, as they would win a three-way tiebreaker with those two teams if all finished 12-4.
As the No. 3 seed, the Seahawks would host Minnesota, which is now locked into the No. 6 seed following Monday's loss to Green Bay. If the Seahawks lose to the 49ers, they would be the No. 5 seed as a Wild Card and play at the NFC East winner (Philadelphia or Dallas), which is locked into the No. 4 seed regardless of which team wins the division.
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