NFL Playoffs: For Seattle Seahawks, It’s Karmic Retribution

January 4, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Just before this season started, referee Bill Leavy apologized for the bad calls that conspired to help the Seahawks lose Super Bowl XL.
Little did the Seahawks know that Leavy’s apology would be accompanied by the most unlikely gift in NFL history: the first playoff berth for a losing team.
At 7-9, with the 28th-ranked offense and 27th-ranked defense, the Seahawks surely don’t deserve to be in the playoffs this year. But let’s all just consider it karmic retribution for the tilted Super Bowl and all of the times they have missed the playoffs despite owning winning records or simply had playoff berths stolen from them through poor officiating.
Since 1978, when the league went to a 16-game schedule, the Seahawks are second only to New England for the most winning seasons in which they did not make the playoffs (five).
The Seahawks’ most disappointing miss came in 1986. They were the hottest team in the league in December, after five straight w...

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