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January 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Seahawks not fazed by the recent struggles of No. 1 seeds in NFL playoffs

Dating to the 2005-06 NFL season may seem like an arbitrary reference point, but it is rather relevant around here since it was the last time Seahawks entered the playoffs as a No. 1 seed.

And believe it or not, No. 1 seeds have gone an astonishing 2-5 against No. 6 seeds in the divisional round in that span — 2-6 in the playoffs, overall, if you include a particular painful Super Bowl in these parts.

Here is the breakdown:

Year No. 1 seed Result No. 6 seed Round
2010-11 New England L, 28-21 NY Jets Divisional
2010-11 Atlanta L, 48-21 Green Bay Divisional
2009-10 Indianapolis W, 20-3 Baltimore Divisional
2008-09 Tennessee L, 13-10 Baltimore Divisional
2008-09 NY Giants L, 23-11 Philadelphia Divisional
2005-06 Seattle L, 21-10 Pittsburgh Super Bowl
2005-06 Indianapolis L, 21-18 Pittsburgh Divisional
2005-06 Seattle W, 20-10 Washington Divisional

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Regardless of the opponent, No. 1 seeds are 7-9 in the divisional round since 2005-06, and the percentage is worse the past three seasons at 2-4. Only one No. 1 seed has won the Super Bowl in the span reference in this post (New Orleans in 2009-10), while two champions have been No. 6 seeds (Pittsburgh 2005-06 and Green Bay 2010-11).

Coach Pete Carroll was asked Tuesday why No. 1 seeds have seemed particularly vulnerable of late.

“Dealing with the fact that you’re the No. 1 seed, I guess,” he said. “I would think dealing with the week off, dealing with the fact that everybody is patting you on the back. … If you don’t gain from that week off, all of those would be factors.”

Carroll then added: “I like history like that, because you get to knock it down.”

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