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|
|2008-09||NY Giants||L, 23-11||Philadelphia||Divisional|
|2005-06||Seattle||L, 21-10||Pittsburgh||Super Bowl|
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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.”