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Cowboys/Seahawks Has Become A Quiet NFL Rivalry

When you think of the ' biggest rivals, the same teams come to mind. The Eagles, Giants, Redskins, and maybe the 49ers or Steelers based on your age.

Those are the teams which the Cowboys' success (or failure) against has defined both of their respective seasons. Beat those teams and you were successful. Fall short against those teams and it was often a wasted and disappointing year.

The past 10-15 years, however, two teams have very much entered that equation: the Packers and the Seahawks.

You cannot tell the story of the 21st century Dallas Cowboys without those two teams. Both have delivered debilitating losses to the Cowboys over the last decade, and the Cowboys have returned the favor against those two teams as well. And while most fans would quickly identify as a clear thorn in the Cowboys' side, and the Seahawks have just as strong an argument to be most-hated in Dallas.

Of course there was the game in 2006, where a dropped snap cost the Cowboys a playoff game and cost Tony Romo his reputation among the national media. But recent has provided some gut wrenching moments as well, such as Romo's career ending back at the hands of Cliff Avril and the era all but ending as Seattle dominated the Cowboys in 2017. Then there was the drama, which nearly brought the All Pro from Seattle to Dallas before he suffered a season ending injury. Kam Chancellor's Seahawks Career Ends, Will Earl Thomas be Next to Leave? 2

These teams play just about every year, and each time seems to carry some franchise-changing implications to it. This Saturday is no different, with Seattle traveling to face the Cowboys in a Wildcard match up.

has been defined by his lack of playoff success, as has the Cowboys franchise since the mid-1990's. Seattle, on the other hand, was thought to be closing in on the end of a dominant era, but are now hoping to ride their and to one final magical postseason run. Considering the next round's opponent, it's hard to picture either of these teams getting much further in the playoff picture.

But given how their games tend to shake out, and the history altering results we normally see, I wouldn't be surprised if a win this weekend sparks a playoff run through the conference for one of these two teams.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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