Can We Talk Some Trash? The NFC West and the Playoffs

"The NFC West [is] made up of pro football's bad seeds"

John Clayton

"I really don’t want to analyze the NFC West because it is such a joke, but I am obligated to say something about them."

Adam Wells

"On Sunday, the 7-8 Rams and 6-9 Seahawks played for the NFC West 'championship'" 

Chris Lillstrung

The NFC West may not be made up of the same bitter rivalries and high-flying talent as the NFC or AFC East, but when it comes to the playoffs, our "pathetic" division has one thing no one can take away:

It hasn't been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs since 2004.

In the 2003 - 2004 playoffs, the Seattle Seahawks fell to the Green Bay Favres, er, Packers, 33-27. 

And that's the last time the "lowly" NFC West has been eliminated with their mercy berth into the playoffs.

2004 - 2005 Playoffs: The St Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks faced off in the first round, with the Rams ultimately besting the 'Hawks 27-20. They would go on to get mauled by the Falcons 47 -17 in the second round.

Fine, that's a gimme- the NFC West got two mercy berths that year, and they just happened to be against each other.

2005 - 2006 Playoffs: The Seattle Seahawks beat the Washington Redskins 20 - 10 with the 1 seed to ultimately face the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl (which the Steelers won 34 - 14).

2006 - 2007 Playoffs: The Seahawks eked past the Dallas Cowboys 21 - 20 in the first round only to fall to the Chicago Bears in overtime 27 - 24 in the next round.

2007 - 2008 Playoffs: Seahawks slap the Redskins 35 - 14 only to get slapped by the Packers 42 - 14. Another 2nd round exit.

2008 - 2009 Playoffs: This was the magic year for the Cardinals, not only not exiting in the first round but leapfrogging the Falcons, Panthers and Eagles only to lose to the Steelers in the Super Bowl.

2009 - 2010 Playoffs: The Cardinals take it to the wire in a thrilling 51-45 overtime victory (the highest scoring postseason game in NFL history) only to fall to the New Orleans Saints in their magical year.

And finally, we have the 2010 - 2011 playoffs where the Seahawks avenged the loss to topple the Saints' offensive juggernaut and move on to the second round against the Bears, where again they have not hope, will get annihalated, blah blah blah.

The point of this ridiculous Fan Post? Just to talk a little trash. Maybe we won't look great getting there, but the NFC West is a near-lock to win at least once in the postseason. To the haters, I can only say - "Re-seed this."

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors.

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