No. 6 seeds have been tough on top seeds

January, 8, 2014
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RENTON, Wash. -- Here's a statistic that should get the attention of all the Seahawks:

Since the 2005 season, a No. 6 seed has defeated a No. 1 seed in the divisional round of the playoffs five times in seven matchups.

Cleary, home-field advantage and the bye week for the top seed hasn't been all it's cracked up to be.

Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin has a theory on why the sixth seeds have been so successful in recent years over the No. 1 seeds.

"Complacency," Baldwin said. "You get the bye and you get complacent. You forget about your Ps and Qs. And the sixth-seed just played a game and comes in on a high. They come in focused."

Both No. 6 seeds (San Diego and New Orleans) won last weekend, the fourth time in the last nine seasons it has happened, and the second time in the last three seasons. Since 2005, No. 6 seeds have an overall playoff winning percentage of .563.

The road team won three of the four playoff games last weekend. But Baldwin doesn't think the Seahawks will get caught off guard and fall into the trap.

"I think we done a good job of staying focused through the bye week," Baldwin said. We're staying in the moment."

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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