The Seahawks (11-4) go into their Week 17 game at the 49ers as the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs. They can still finish the 2020 NFL season as the top seed, also securing home-field advantage and the lone first-round bye.
Seattle already has succeeded San Francisco as NFC West champion, and is hoping to also succeed its division rival as No. 1. To do so, the Seahawks need to take care of their business and get the right help elsewhere.
Here’s breaking down their three seeding scenarios for the tournament toward Super Bowl 55:
1. How the Seahawks would earn the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs
The Seahawks first need the Packers to lose to the Bears to fall to 12-4. The Seahawks also need to beat the 49ers to get to 12-4 and for the Saints to either lose or tie against the Panthers to fall to 11-5 or 11-4-1.
This would create a two-way tie between the Seahawks and Packers. Because they didn’t play each other and the conference records would be even at 9-3, then the next tiebreaker is record in common games. The Seahawks would have gone 5-0 against the Vikings, 49ers, Falcons and Eagles. The Packers would be only 4-1 against those teams, giving No. 1 to the Seahawks.
2. How the Seahawks would jump to the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs
The Seahawks won’t get No. 1 with a Packers win. The Seahawks can still get to up No. 2 at 12-4 with a win over the 49ers plus a Saints loss or tie against the Panthers. The Seahawks also would get No. 2 with a win, a Packers loss and a Saints win.
3. How the Seahawks would keep the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs
The Seahawks would lose the conference-record tiebreaker to the Saints should they have the same record in a two-way tie after Week 17, whether it’s 12-4, 11-4-1 or 11-5. If the Packers win to get 13-3 and the Seahawks ahouls do whatever the Saints do, win, lose or tie, the Seahawks would stay at No. 3. That’s because the Saints go into Week 17 with.a one-game edge (9-2) in conference record over the Seahawks (8-3).