Sour grapes aside, Seahawks deserve tomorrow’s playoff game | From the Sidelines

There are apparently lots of sour grapes around the National Football League that the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks will be hosting a playoff game this weekend. Well, the beef doesn't reside just with the fact that the Seahawks are hosting a game - although there are pundits who have issue with that - the discord is more directed towards the fact that Seattle is even in the playoffs at all.

There are apparently lots of sour grapes around the National Football League that the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks will be hosting a playoff game this weekend.

Well, the beef doesn’t reside just with the fact that the Seahawks are hosting a game – although there are pundits who have issue with that – the discord is more directed towards the fact that Seattle is even in the playoffs at all.

While the Seahawks, the NFC Champions, will host the Saints Saturday, four teams with better records – including the 10-6 Buccaneers and Giants – will be watching on TV.

Many have said this isn’t fair. To them, I say, bah humbug.

The NFL rules clearly state that the winner of each division earns the right for a postseason berth. It doesn’t matter that the Seahawks backed their way into the playoffs. It doesn’t matter that they are the only team in the postseason with a negative point differential. It especially doesn’t matter that many are calling them the worst playoff team ever.

The Seahawks won their division. And it doesn’t matter how they did it.

The NFL should be happy. Because they are getting a tremendous story. No one is giving the Seahawks a shot this weekend. Seattle is 10-point underdogs at home – a home that will be rocking come gametime. In fact, Qwest Field last Sunday was the most electric I’ve seen the place in years. That game, a win-and-you’re-in affair against the Rams, was the highest rated Sunday Night Football game in nine years.

Not too bad for a game between 6-9 and 7-8 teams.

It just goes to prove America loves an underdog. It’s a role the Seahawks should be embracing tomorrow.




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