All scenarios aside, Seattle will have to start the playoffs on the road and likely must win three road games in three weekends to get to another Super Bowl.

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The way Pete Carroll sees it, the two remaining regular-season games for the Seahawks are as much about keeping a state of mind as establishing a location for the playoffs.

As the Seahawks take on the St. Louis Rams at 1:25 p.m. Sunday at CenturyLink Field, much about their postseason is both already set and out of their hands.

The Seahawks clinched a playoff berth last week. But they also saw any chance at claiming the NFC West eliminated thanks to Arizona’s win, meaning they are relegated to a No. 5 or No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs.

Being the No. 5 rather than the No. 6 could be valuable. If Seattle is the fifth seed, it would travel to play Washington, which won the NFC East on Saturday night.

As the sixth seed, the Seahawks could face another trip to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers if they win the NFC North, though it’s possible for the Vikings to win the division.

It could all be sewn up for Seattle by the end of Sunday. The Seahawks would clinch the No. 5 seed with a win against St. Louis and a Green Bay win or tie at Arizona, as well as a Minnesota loss to the New York Giants.

If all the games go according to the point spreads, though, there will be some uncertainty entering the final weekend.

Regardless, Seattle will have to start the playoffs on the road and likely must win three road games in three weekends to get to another Super Bowl (though if the Seahawks were to win the No. 5 seed, they could host the NFC Championship Game against the No. 6).

Even if much about the postseason is already settled, though, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll insisted this week that the goal the rest of the way is simply to finish as high up the standings as possible.

“We try to get the best position we can in the playoffs, whatever it is,’’ Carroll said. “Winning games will help us get that.”

Sitting out players, Carroll said, could happen selectively, and though he didn’t say it, resting those who have injuries would be the obvious reason.

But Carroll said there won’t be anything done to send a signal that the games don’t mean as much the next two weeks.

“We want to keep driving it and try to play the best we can this week and have a successful week,’’ Carroll said. “We’ll see what that leaves us next week. There will be no reason not to go for it again. It’s like letting someone not try their hardest. I don’t find any place for that in our game.”

Seattle is a big favorite against the Rams, with the spread hitting 13½ points at some sports books as of Saturday afternoon. But the Seahawks rarely have had an easy time with St. Louis through the years, most recently evidenced by a 34-31 overtime win by the Rams in the season opener.

That was part of an 0-2 start that had some already predicting doom for the Seahawks. Seattle is 9-3 since then, including five wins in a row, all coming since running back Marshawn Lynch was sidelined because of an abdomen injury that required surgery.

Seattle has averaged 34 points in that span, with quarterback Russell Wilson throwing 19 touchdowns and no interceptions in the past five games, and Doug Baldwin catching 10 touchdown passes in the past four games, including at least two in each. Both are streaks that match or are better than the best in NFL history.

Asked this week what he saw as the reasons for the turnaround, offensive-line coach Tom Cable had an interesting response.

“I see us being a little more detailed, playing at a very high tempo, accepting challenges, overcoming issues when they show up, whether it’s in the game or in practice,’’ Cable said. “I think we are growing up in a big way. So I think maturity is the thing that probably stands out to me more than anything, and that’s across the board.’’

It’s an approach the Seahawks will try to carry with them into the playoffs, wherever they end up.