You read that correctly: A team with a losing record is hosting a playoff game against a team with a winning record. This is happening because the Seahawks play in the NFC West, a division that can charitably be called “weak.” But despite the level of competition, just because Seattle won the division it automatically qualifies for a home playoff game. This is embarrassing. You know it, I know it, and the league knows it. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told ProFootballTalk Live that the situation is sparking a review of the seeding process in the coming offseason.
“This is something that we’ll look at again,” Goodell said. “We looked at it a few years ago. The strong view of the clubs was that you should win your division and if you win your division, you should be rewarded with a home game. There is another view that winning your division should automatically get you into the playoffs and into the postseason, but that it should not automatically reward you with a home game. That is something that will continue to be debated. We will look at that this offseason. Let’s let the playoffs play out here a little bit and try to understand what the ramifications are rather than reacting to a specific circumstance.”