Their win at Minnesota on Sunday was tremendous for the Seahawks on a number of levels. Most important, it put the Seahawks in prime position to make the playoffs — cause...

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Their win at Minnesota on Sunday was tremendous for the Seahawks on a number of levels.


Most important, it put the Seahawks in prime position to make the playoffs — cause for coach Mike Holmgren’s daughter Gretchen to inundate her father with all of the scenarios.


“She has everything figured out,” Holmgren said. “Law school. I don’t know. I said, ‘Don’t you study other things?’ And I tell her, ‘Don’t talk to me about it.’ I’ve lost entire control of my family.”


But at 7-6, Holmgren’s team controls its postseason destiny. If the season were to end today, the Seahawks would be in as the NFC West champion and host a first-round game. When the season ends Jan. 2, the Seahawks stand a decent chance of being in that very position — despite being one game above .500, missing several key players because of injuries and struggling to close out opponents.


The Seahawks have to finish one game ahead of the St. Louis Rams to win the division because the Rams (6-7) hold the head-to-head tiebreaker after winning both games this season.


The Seahawks have a difficult road game against the New York Jets (9-4) on Sunday. Then they host the Arizona Cardinals (4-9) and the Atlanta Falcons (10-3).
















Picture this


If the playoffs began today, this would be the NFC scenario:


Wild-card game: Carolina Panthers (6-7) at Green Bay Packers (8-5, NFC North champion).


Wild-card game: Minnesota Vikings (7-6) at Seahawks (7-6, NFC West champion).


First-round byes: Philadelphia Eagles (12-1, NFC East champion) and Atlanta Falcons (10-3, NFC South champion).






The more difficult schedule belongs to the Rams. They go to Arizona this week, then finish with home games against the Philadelphia Eagles (12-1) and the Jets.


Even if St. Louis wins the division, the Seahawks have advantages in the wild-card race because they beat the Vikings (7-6) and Carolina Panthers (6-7).


The Seahawks went through a more complicated set of scenarios to get in as a wild-card team last season, a fact not lost on Holmgren.


“I discipline myself not to (think about it),” Holmgren said. “At least we’re in it, and we are playing for something.”


José Miguel Romero: 206-464-2409 or jromero@seattletimes.com