Seahawks Welcome Longshot Road Wins Odds to Reach Super Bowl
The 2007 New York Giants are the only number-five seed to make the Super Bowl by winning three straight road playoff games beginning in the wild-card round.
Even the sixth and final playoff seed has had twice times as many Super Bowl appearances: the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers that razzle-dazzled their way to a heartbreaking win over the Seahawks in Super Bowl 40, and the 2010 Green Bay Packers.
Worth noting, ALL three teams mentioned above not only reached the big game, but WON it.
Only 10 wild cards among 532 postseason teams in the last 50 years have played in a Super Bowl. Teams with a first-round bye have advanced to the Super Bowl roughly 80% of the time since 1990.
There hasn’t been a team that played in the first, wild-card weekend of the NFL playoffs then reached the Super Bowl since 2013.
But ever-the-optimist, Russell Wilson, has said it many times, "Why not us?"
This time around, the Eagles are a home underdog as they barely won a woeful NFC East title and are more banged up than Seattle. So, if the Seahawks can eke out a win on Sunday, they most likely will play the 49ers in Santa Clara, CA, Jan. 11 in the NFC divisional playoffs.
Quarterback Russell Wilson is tied with Tom Brady as the winningest quarterback in a player’s first eight seasons in NFL history (86 victories). Wilson is simply magical, home and away, pulling out "W's" in games the Seahawks sometimes have no business being in, let alone, winning.
Plus, Seattle is in the playoffs for the seventh time in the last eight Januarys. The Seahawks’ last decade just ended with the club touting a number of winning playoff games and appearing in two Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl 48 against Denver.
That’s why guys like the longest tenured Seahawk, Linebacker K.J. Wright, his All-Pro linebacker teammate Bobby Wagner, Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch, all players on the active roster who have played in Super Bowls with Seattle, think those wild-card odds aren’t as long for the Seahawks as history says they are.
“I think our history throughout this season winning on the road is really good, I believe that when you’ve got Russell back there quarterbacking you’ve got a great chance of winning” Wright said.