The Seahawks already knew they were headed to the playoffs, and with the Minnesota Vikings 20-13 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football to close out the 2015 regular season, Seattle now knows where, when, and against which team it will be playing to open the first round.
The No. 6-seeded Seahawks (10-6) will travel to Minnesota for a wild-card matchup with the NFC North champion and No. 3-seeded Vikings (11-5). Kickoff is set for 10:05 a.m. PT on Sunday, Jan. 10 with national television coverage on NBC (channel 5 in Seattle).
The Seahawks already topped the Vikings once this season, winning 38-7 in Week 13 behind a three-touchdown day from quarterback Russell Wilson and a dominating defensive effort that held Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, the NFL's leading rusher, to 18 yards on eight carries.
The Vikings' win Sunday gave the Seahawks the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoff picture because the Packers, who also finished with a 10-6 record, hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over Seattle and claimed the No. 5 wild-card spot as a result. That means that after hosting the NFC Championship in each of the past two seasons, the Seahawks will play every playoff game away from home this year and would have to win three straight road games to reach Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif. Since the playoffs expanded in 1990, just two teams have won the Super Bowl as the No. 6 seed - the Pittsburgh Steelers, who beat the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL in 2005, and the Packers, who beat the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV in 2010.
If the Seahawks beat the Vikings next weekend, they'll head to Carolina for a divisional-round matchup against the NFC South champion and No. 1-seeded Panthers (15-1). That game would kick off at 10:05 a.m. PT on Sunday, Jan. 17 with national television coverage on FOX. Seattle has won a road game at Carolina in each of the past three seasons and topped the Panthers in the divisional-round of last year's playoffs, but the Panthers won 27-23 at CenturyLink Field earlier this season.
Should the Seahawks beat the Vikings and the Panthers to advance to the conference title game, Seattle would face either the Packers, Washington Redskins, or Arizona Cardinals on the road. The NFC Championship will kick off at 3:40 p.m. PT on Sunday, Jan. 24 with national television coverage on FOX.
The Seahawks are 2-9 all-time in road playoff games, with wins coming against the Miami Dolphins in 1983 and against the Redskins in 2012, Wilson's first season in the NFL.