There are a few possibilities left in Seattle’s playoff future


RENTON — Seattle returned from Sunday’s 33-point victory assured of its first winning season since 2007 and one victory away from guaranteeing a playoff berth.

That meant for the first time this year coach Pete Carroll could talk about playoff possibilities without looking down the road.

That doesn’t mean he would, though. While Seattle is one victory away from clinching a playoff berth, Carroll said it’s not something he plans to hold out as a carrot heading into this week’s game against the division-leading San Francisco 49ers.

And a wide range of postseason possibilities. Seattle has control of its own playoff fate, and still has a longshot chance of winning the NFC West. Earning a first-round bye isn’t impossible.

With that in mind, here’s how Seattle’s playoff possibilities pan out heading into the final two games of the season.

NFC West title scenarios

The Seahawks can earn the No. 2 seed in the NFC and a first-round bye in the playoffs if:

• Seattle goes 2-0, defeating San Francisco and St. Louis.

• And the 49ers (10-3-1) go 0-2 against Seattle and Arizona.

• And the Packers (10-4) lose at least one of their final two games against the Titans or Vikings.

Likelihood: Remote.

The Seahawks can earn the No. 3 seed and home-field advantage in wild-card round against No. 6 seed if:

• Seattle goes 2-0.

• And the 49ers go 0-2.

• And the Packers go 2-0.

Likelihood: Remote.

Wild-card scenarios

Seattle will earn the No. 5 seed and a road game against the NFC’s No. 4 seed if:

• Seattle goes 2-0.

• And the 49ers go 1-1.

Or

• Seattle goes 1-1.

• The Giants either lose at least once or win the NFC East.

Likelihood: Strong.

Seattle will earn the No. 6 seed and a road game against the NFC’s No. 3 seed if:

• Seattle goes 1-1.

• And the Giants go 2-0, but either Dallas or Washington goes 2-0 in the final two weeks to keep Giants from winning the NFC East.

Likelihood: Low.