Seattle Seahawks Logo – The Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Seahawks are a professional team of football based in Seattle, Washington. Currently participating in the Western Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). Along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, joined the NFL in 1976, both as expansion teams. Seattle is currently the only team that has played competitive games in the NFC and the AFC. The Seahawks have played a Super Bowl, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL in 2006.
On June 15, 1972, Seattle Professional Football Inc., a business group of Seattle, and community leaders announced their intention to acquire a franchise in the NFL for the city of Seattle. Almost two years later, on June 4, 1974, the NFL gave the group an expansion franchise, and the December 5, 1974, the NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle announced the official signing of the franchise agreement by Lloyd W. Nordstrom, representing the Nordstrom family as majority partners in the consortium. Lloyd Nordstrom die of a heart attack on January 20, 1976, just months before the Seahawks played their first game.
The Seahawks are the only team to conference changed twice in the post-merger. The franchise began play in 1976 in the NFC West Division, but exchanged conferences with the Buccaneers after one year, joining the AFC West. The realignment was decided by the league as part of the expansion plan of 1976, so that the two expansion teams should play each other twice and each of the other NFL franchises in the first two seasons. In 2002, the Seahawks were returned to the NFC West as part of a reorganization plan in the NFL that gave each conference four divisions of four teams matched each. This reorganization back to the AFC West teams on campus that began the post-merger: Denver, San Diego, Kansas City and Oakland. Seattle has four division titles in franchise history: the titles of 1988 and 1999 in the AFC West, and the 2004 and 2005 in the NFC West. They have won once the final conference of the NFC West in 2005, and lost the AFC West in 1983. By 2005 Seattle had the longest drought of playoff victories of any NFL team, dating back to 1984. The drought ended with a 20-10 victory over the Washington Redskins in the playoffs in 2005. The overall record of playoff games the Seahawks is 5 wins and 8 losses.