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History shows winning the opener matters

SEATTLE -- The wizards at ESPN Stats & Information have dug up a few interesting tidbits entering tonight’s NFL season opener between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.

So how important is Week 1? Since the postseason expanded to 12 teams in 1990, 54 percent of the teams that won the opener reached the playoffs, but only 25 percent of the teams that lost Game 1 made the playoffs. Of the 288 teams to reach the playoffs since 1990, 68 percent started the season with a victory.

The Seahawks hope to become the ninth team to repeat as Super Bowl champs and the first since the 2003-04 New England Patriots. However, the last eight Super Bowl champs failed to win a single playoff game, and the last two (the New York Giants and the Baltimore Ravens) failed to make the playoffs.

The Packers return to CenturyLink Field for the first time since the infamous “Fail Mary” play two years ago that gave the Seahawks a 14-12 victory on the final play. Since that game, the Seahawks have 23 wins in the regular season. Only the Denver Broncos have more at 25.