GAME: #6 New Orleans Saints (11-5, 2nd, NFC South) at #1 Seattle Seahawks (13-3, 1st, NFC West). TYPE. NFC Divisional Playoff. WHEN: Saturday, 1:35 p.m., CenturyLink Field. MEETING: 15th (Seahawks lead 7-6 regular season, 1-0 playoffs). STREAKS: Saints W 2; Seahawks W 1. HEAD COACHES: Sean Payton, New Orleans; Pete Carroll, Seattle. LINE: Seahawks by 8. TV: FOX. RADIO: ESPN 710 AM, KIRO 97.3 FM.
Since 1975, only nine Super Bowls have featured the top seeds -- Seattle (NFC) and Denver (AFC) this year -- from each conference. In the past 20, the matchup has occurred twice, Cowboys vs. Bills in Super Bowl XXVIII and Saints vs. Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. Since the Super Bowl is still three weeks down the road, a more timely stat is this one: Since 2005, No. 1 seeds have a 7-9 record in the divisional round.