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5 Players Who Mean the Most to a Seattle Seahawks Playoff Run

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Players Who Mean the Most to Seahawks’ Playoff Run

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The Seattle Seahawks are flying toward the playoffs, and most certainly have their sights set on a Super Bowl appearance. Seattle is most recently coming off of a shutout victory inside MetLife Stadium, which is the home of the Super Bowl come February. The Seahawks hope that a dominating win over the New York Giants is not the only trip they make to the Big Apple this year.

Pete Carroll has certainly done a terrific job out west. Even dating back to his college career, the west coast has been much more successful for Carroll than his east coast tenures. The Seahawks are currently major contenders to reach their second Super Bowl in franchise history, and possibly take home to the nest their first Lombardi Trophy.

Seattle currently holds the No. 1 seed in the NFC Playoffs. The Seahawks' magic number is one to clinch home-field advantage for the playoffs. Undoubtedly, Seattle is a far better team at home than on the road. The proof is not only in the statistical numbers, but the decibel numbers as well.

Over the last two seasons, Seattle is undefeated at home. It is a scary thought for the rest of the NFC that the team's final two games of the season are both home games. It is quite possible that the Seahawks could see--in their future--four straight home games, bookended by trips to New York.

The Birds have consistently been the best team in the NFC throughout the season, and arguably throughout the entire league as well. However, things can change in the blink of an eye. Here are five players that mean the most to Seattle's flight toward the playoffs.

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5. Steven Hauschka

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Steven Hauschka is one of the top kickers in the league. As much as it may pain fans and teammates to admit, kickers are key players as well for any successful Super Bowl run. In the playoffs, games may all come down to a last second kick to win. Recently, Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens made a huge kick to keep his team in the hunt. Hauschka is also that same clutch kicker for Seattle.

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4. Richard Sherman

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The much controversial Richard Sherman is one of the key pieces on the Seattle defense. Sherman is loud and confrontational, but his play certainly backs it up. He is tied at the top in the league in interceptions and is a true shut down corner.

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3. Max Unger

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Max Unger is the guy in the middle of the o-line for the Seahawks. The offensive line plays a huge part in the Seahawks' attack. During the middle parts of the season, the line encountered some kinks in the armor and Seattle struggled somewhat, especially during the Monday Night game versus the St. Louis Rams. In the playoffs, the line will need to stay intact in order to move the pile toward the Super Bowl.

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2. Marshawn Lynch

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Marshawn Lynch is quite simply "Beast Mode." In the event that Lynch were to go down, it would dramatically change the Seattle game plan. If the Seahawks were to be without Beast Mode, it would put the "12th Man" fans into sheer Panic Mode.

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1. Russell Wilson

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No. 1 and No. 2 could very well be interchangeable on this list. Russell Wilson has become a top 10 quarterback and is unbeatable at home. If Seattle can avoid any late stumble, the NFC road to the Super Bowl would travel thru the Pacific Northwest. With Tarvaris Jackson as the only other quarterback on the roster, Wilson is irreplaceable.