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Divisional-round scenarios for top-seeded Seahawks

By Danny O’Neil

The Seahawks will wait until Jan. 11 to play their first playoff game, and they may have to wait until the final game of next weekend’s wild-card round to know who they’re playing.

As the top seed, Seattle will play the lowest-remaining seed in the NFC playoffs. That’s one of three teams:

Seattle will play the Saints if they beat the Eagles on Saturday evening, that game starting at 5 Pacific in Philadelphia. The Saints are the No. 6 seed in the NFC, the lowest of all teams in the field. If New Orleans beats Philadelphia, the No. 3 seed, the Saints will be the lowest-remaining seed regardless of the outcome of the Packers-49ers game on Sunday.

If the Eagles win, they will advance to play at Carolina, the No. 2 seed. Seattle would then host the winner of Sunday’s game between the 49ers and Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay is the No. 4 seed, San Francisco the No. 5 seed.