After demolishing the Cardinals 36-6, the Seahawks will open the playoffs next Sunday against the Vikings, who won the NFC North title Sunday night with a win at Green Bay.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Seattle Seahawks will open the postseason at the site of one of their greatest regular-season triumphs — at the Minnesota Vikings.
The Vikings won the NFC North title Sunday night with a 20-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
And that gave the Seahawks the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs and set up a wild-card game next Sunday at Minnesota. The game will kick off at 10:05 a.m. Seattle time and will be televised on NBC (Ch. 5).
The Seahawks beat the Vikings 38-7 on Dec. 6 in Minneapolis behind three touchdown passes from Russell Wilson and a dominating defensive performance that held Adrian Peterson, the NFL’s leading rusher, to 18 yards on eight attempts.
Being the No. 6 seed, though, means the Seahawks will have to play every postseason game on the road and would have to win three road games in three weeks to reach Super Bowl 50. The Seahawks are just 2-9 all-time in road playoff games.
History also works against the Seahawks in that only two teams since the playoffs expanded in 1990 have won a Super Bowl as a No. 6 seed — the Steelers in 2005 (who beat the Seahawks) and the 2010 Green Bay Packers.
The Seahawks, though, won their last five road games this season, including Sunday’s 36-6 victory at Arizona. Seahawks coaches and players said Sunday that the victory at Minnesota adds confidence entering the postseason.
“We’re poised for this situation,’’ Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett said. “You think about it. We’re a young team that’s been to a Super Bowl. … We know we’re primed for this situation.’’
Added coach Pete Carroll: “You look at our past few road attempts, we’ve been on it. We’ve played really well knowing that we have to do this to get into the playoffs and move our way through it. I’m really fired up about that, because these guys are confident that we can go wherever we’ve got to go.”
Seattle has won just two playoff road games in its history — in 1983 at Miami and in 2013 (the 2012 season) at Washington.
The win at Washington was the first in the postseason for many current Seahawks, including quarterback Russell Wilson and cornerback Richard Sherman.
The Seahawks then lost the following week at Atlanta.
Sherman said he thinks this team is in a better position to win multiple road games.
“We’re a different team than we were a couple of years ago when we went on the road,’’ Sherman said. “This year we’re going in as champions. It’s a different kind of fight. They’re going to have to take it from us.’’
If the Seahawks beat the Vikings they would then play at Carolina, which has the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs after finishing 15-1. The NFL has announced that game would be played Sunday, Jan. 17 and would kick off at 10:05 a.m. Seattle time.
The Seahawks then would have to play at either Washington, Arizona or Green Bay for the NFC title the following week.
Seattle has never faced Minnesota in the playoffs.
As for the Panthers, the Seahawks have played there each of the past three seasons, winning all three, as well as beating Carolina 31-17 in the NFC divisional round last January.
However, the Panthers beat the Seahawks 27-23 at CenturyLink Field on Oct. 18.