Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Seahawks, Patriots Get Top Playoff Seeds

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Seahawks, Patriots Get Top Playoff Seeds

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It would be a much-anticipated matchup defending Super Bowl champion Seattle vs. perennial power New England in the Super Bowl.

That's what would happen if the top seeds in each of the NFL's conferences advance that far in the postseason.

Seattle earned the top seed in the NFC by beating the Rams 20-6 on Sunday. The Seahawks, winners of the NFC West, were 7-1 at home and have a bye next week. They next play on Saturday, Jan. 10.

"Our main goal coming into the season was winning the division, but getting the No. 1 seed is just as big," Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright said.

AFC East champion New England (12-4) has the top seed in its conference and will be off next weekend. The Patriots did not use many of their regulars for much or all of a loss Sunday at home to Buffalo that had no meaning in the postseason scheme.

"I'm not worried about us lacking confidence," quarterback Tom Brady said after playing just the first half. "We've got a lot of good players."

But coach Bill Belichick's health status drew attention.

"I had to spend a few minutes in the training room after the game, nothing serious, just a couple things to look at with the trainers and the doctor," he said in a conference call after skipping his postgame news conference. "It was no big deal. I don't want to get into it."

Green Bay won the NFC North title by handling Detroit, 30-20, and got the No. 2 seed in the conference and a bye. The Packers and Seahawks finished 12-4, with the tiebreaker being Seattle's opening- night victory over Green Bay.

Detroit (11-5) will play at NFC East champ Dallas (12-4) in the wild-card round next Sunday, and the spotlight will be on Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo's 1-3 record in the playoffs.

"I'm different, so I'm excited about that aspect," Romo said about looking ahead. "I'm a different player than I was now you got to go out and do it. …

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