The Seattle Seahawks, aware that San Francisco was wrapping up the Western Division, cruised to victory against St. Louis 20-13 at Century Link Field today. Seattle (10-6) and seeded fifth in the NFC, completed a perfect 8-0 home schedule and will travel to Washington D.C. next Sunday for the final of the four NFL Wild Card games.
It was apparent early in the second half that the result of the game against St. Louis would have no bearing on playoff positioning. Seahawks fans had been energized in the first half when it appeared as if Arizona was going to make a game of it in San Francisco. As the day turned out a Cardinal win would have given the Seahawks the number two seed in the NFC, a bye next week, and a home game in two weeks. It was not to be, though, as the 49ers drew away in the second half.
Late in the afternoon Hawk fans were still wondering whether their first playoff destination would be Dallas or Washington. When the Redskins beat Dallas 28-18 this evening the Seahawks plans were in place.
The game next Sunday will pit teams that are near mirror images of each other. The Seahawks and Redskins both have exciting young quarterbacks, yet both teams run more than they throw. Both teams have talent at wide receiver and in the secondary.
While Washington is more explosive offensively, the biggest difference between the two teams is on the defensive side of the ball. Seattle finished the regular season third in the conference on defense, while the Redskins were thirteenth in yardage yielded.