Who will the Seahawks play in the NFC divisional round?

Lots to like about all of these matchups

We don’t yet know who the Seattle Seahawks will face on Jan. 11, 2014 when they come off their first-round bye week of the NFL playoffs.

However, here are the scenarios…

If the New Orleans Saints can manage a win in Philadelphia — no easy task for the road-weary Saints — Seattle will face Drew Brees  and company for the second time this year.  I’m sure we all remember how the Saints fared against the Seahawks in front of the 12th man just a few weeks back.

If the Saints lose, then we have to look at the other NFC Wild Card game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers.  The winner of that game would come to Seattle to face the Hawks.

New Orleans

The Seahawks met the Saints earlier in 2013 in a might Monday Night Football showdown.  The game was billed as the game of the season in the NFC, but the Seahawks left nothing to doubt by the time the game was over, winning 34-7.

Despite the dominance by Seattle in the first meeting, you have to like this as a potential playoff matchup.  Brees would no doubt, be looking to make a point against the Seahawks in a potential rematch.

Brees’ biggest target, Jimmy Graham, would likely have similar thoughts after being limited to just three catches for 42 yards.

Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks? Don't count it out. (Photo: ESPN)

Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks? Don’t count it out. (Photo: ESPN)

The matchup between the likes of Graham, Sproles, Colston, and Thomas against the Legion of Boom secondary and Seattle’s relentless pass rush against one of the greatest quarterbacks in the NFL makes this an extremely exciting potential matchup.

Green Bay

Heeeeee’s Baaaack….. and yes, I do mean Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.  Green Bay is just a completely different team when Rodgers is under center.

Rodgers did look rusty in his first week back with the Pack, but let’s face it: He’s Aaron freaking Rodgers and this is the flippin Catalina Wine Mixer.  He’s going to shake off that rust by the time the Seahawks have a chance to see him.

You have to like this matchup for the same reasons you have to like the New Orleans matchups.  Watching Rodgers under pressure from the Seattle front seven and trying to throw to his formidable receiving staff of Nelson, Cobb, Jones, and Quarless while being defended by Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor… well, I get goose bumps just thinking about it.

San Francisco

If you are a Seahawks fan, this might be the one matchup you’d most like to see, while still being the one you’d most like NOT to see all at the same time.

If there is one thing we’ve learned about the very heated grudge between the 49ers and the Seahawks is that ANYTHING can happen during those games and either team can win. While I think offensively, the 49ers are not quite as good against the Hawks in Seattle as the Saints and Packers can be, their defense is every bit as good as Seattle’s defense and the battle to watch in this game is Russell Wilson versus the 49ers defense.

What Seattle can do offensively will ultimately decide who wins this potential playoff matchup.  The Seattle offensive line has to find a way to stop Justin Smith from wrecking Wilson, and the Seahawks wide outs need to perform better against an average secondary deployed by San Francisco.

Let me throw in one final thought on Seattle WRs vs. San Francisco DBs.  Tramaine Brock on Golden Tate and Tarell Brown (assuming he’s healthy) on Doug Baldwin doesn’t look too sexy on paper.

But who covers Percy Harvin in the slot?

He He.  Yes, that’s my evil laugh because you gotta love “what if?”


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