The Seattle Seahawks are 1-7 on the road in postseason play, losing their last seven games playing at an opponent’s stadium.
But Seattle’s 1983 team, the first team in franchise history to advance to the postseason, also was the only team to win on the road.
The ’83 team won the last two games to sneak into the playoffs at 9-7, then defeated easily defeated Denver at home 31-7 in the AFC Wild Card game, setting up what looked like a lopsided matchup against AFC East champion Miami on the road in the AFC divisional playoff.
The ’83 team had several similarities to this year’s squad. They were led by a first-year coach, Chuck Knox, who brought in several of his former players, including Reggie McKenzie, Blair Bush, Charle Young and Cullen Bryant – to help show his new players the way he wanted things done.
The Seahawks were 8 ½ underdogs against the 12-4 Dolphins, and they had some quarterback controversy, with Dave Krieg taking over for an ineffective Jim Zorn midseason.
Led by then-rookie running back Curt Warner’s 113 yards and two touchdowns, the Seahawks shocked Miami on the road 27-20. The Seahawks had to come from behind, with Dave Krieg throwing an interception with 4:34 left setting up a Miami touchdown that gave the Dolphins a 20-17 lead.
But Krieg twice hit Steve Largent for 16 and 40 yards, putting Seattle on Miami’s 2-yard line, and Warner scored from there to give Seattle the lead for good.
The Seahawks went on to lose to the Raiders 30-14 in the AFC Championship game.
“I think ’83 opened a lot of eyes in the public,” said Seahawks former receiver Paul Johns, who still works for the team’s community outreach program. “I think the football community knew us, but the nation didn’t. We weren’t looked at as a gimmick team anymore. I think that legitimized us for a while.”
Take a look at the game in 1983 in the video below.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune takes a look back at the Marshawn Lynch 67-yard touchdown run.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com says Seattle’s offensive line is coming together at the right time.
Rod Mar of Seahawks.com offers photos from Sunday’s game here – definitely worth a look.
Tim Booth of the Associated Press writes that Seattle does not want to be considered underdogs.
Looks like Seattle will be playing the no respect card again this week. Columnist Norman Chad gives Seattle no chance of beating the Bears.
Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times also says Seattle has no chance, but does offer a blueprint on how to beat the Bears.
Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune writes that the Bears may lean on the run game more in the playoffs.
Terrell Owens predicts a Seahawks victory in the video below. Owens picked the Seahawks to beat the Saints last week.
Zach Zaidman of the Bears Radio Network talks about the changes Chicago has gone through since losing to Seattle earlier this year in this video.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune columnist Mark Craig speculates that the Vikings could go after Matt Hasselbeck in the offseason to solve their quarterback issues.