And the team that doesn’t win? Not as much.
Both the Seahawks and Chiefs enter the game 6-3. ESPN Stats & Information reveals that under the current playoff format, which dates to 1990, 84 percent of teams to start 7-3 went on to make the postseason.
The losing team still had a better than 50/50 shot to make the playoffs, but the percentage drops to 61 percent for 6-4 teams.
The Seahawks were 9-1 after 10 games last season. Sunday’s game starts a brutal six-game stretch where the Seahawks face teams that have a combined record of 39-15. That’s a .722 winning percentage, giving Seattle the toughest remaining schedule of any team in the league.
So losing Sunday and falling to 6-4 might be a little tougher than it looks. But the Seahawks control their own destiny with five NFC West games remaining, including two with division-leading Arizona and two with San Francisco.