The most successful playoff road trip in franchise history couldn’t have started off much worse.
The 1983 Seattle Seahawks were ready to head on the road for the first time in the team’s history – only a week earlier they played in their first playoff game – when a mechanical problem with the airplane led to lengthy delay.
It was early Saturday morning before the team arrived in Miami.
All was forgotten, however, when the Seahawks stunned the Dolphins with a come-from-behind victory the next day. And while nobody could have known it at the time, that was the last time the Seahawks would win a postseason game away from Seattle. Since that 27-20 win at the Orange Bowl, the Seahawks have lost all seven of their road playoff games as well as their one Super Bowl appearance.
To put into perspective just how long it has been since Seattle won a playoff game on the road, consider that 27 of the 53 players on the active roster who will play at Chicago today were born after that game.
“They’re due,” said Paul Johns, a receiver and punt returner on the 1983 team who is the team’s assistant director of community relations. “That’s more than a quarter of a century, so it’s about time.”
Packers, Steelers playoff winners
The Green Bay Packers took care of the top seed in the NFC, and the Pittsburgh Steelers sent home their archrivals from the AFC North on Saturday in the NFL playoffs.
Sixth-seeded Green Bay routed the Falcons 48-21 in Atlanta as Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns and ran for one.
The Steelers are headed to the AFC championship game, thanks to a second-half meltdown by the Baltimore Ravens and some clutch passes by Ben Roethlisberger in a 31-24 win over the Falcons.
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