The last team to beat the Seahawks in Seattle? The 49ers did it on Christmas Eve in 2011, winning by two points after Larry Grant stripped quarterback Tarvaris Jackson of the ball at the end of the game. No visitor has won there since, but if the 49ers want to make it back to the Super Bowl, they'll probably have to break Seattle's streak. By virtue of their blowout win over New Orleans last night, Seattle secured a playoff spot and is in the driver's seat for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Here's the current seeding scenario in the NFC, and my guess is that this is where the teams will be standing at year's end, too.
2. New Orleans
6. San Francisco
Wildcard round: 49ers @ Lions
Wildcard round: Panthers @ Cowboys
The winner of the NFC South is very tough to predict. The Saints and Panthers are both 9-3 and they play each other twice in the next three weeks. What's more, their opponents over the last four games have the same record, so it's impossible to say who has the easier schedule. As of now, the Saints have the superior conference record. They're also the more experienced squad, so let's give them the edge and have them win the NFC South.
Saints: CAR (9-3), @STL (5-7), @CAR (9-3), TB (3-9)
Panthers: @NO (9-3), NYJ (5-7), NO (9-3), @ATL (3-9)