How long before the Cowboys vs. Seahawks becomes a legitimate rivalry?
When Dallas hosts Seattle on Saturday, it will be the 10th meeting between the Cowboys and Seahawks since January 1, 2007 and the second clash in the playoffs. You might remember the 2007 playoff game. That was when Cowboys QB Tony Romo was holding for an almost-automatic 19-yard field goal that likely would have won the game. Romo fumbled the snap and failed to scamper in for a TD. It's become known as the "Romo snap" game.
The Seahawks-Cowboys series mirrors the Cowboys vs. Packers series which has also had eight regular-season and two playoff games since 2007.
And, unfortunately for Dallas, the series is leaning in the Seahawks’ favor.
Seattle defeated the Cowboys in the playoffs, 21-20, on January 6, 2007. Seattle has also won three-straight versus Dallas, including victories at AT&T Stadium in 2015 and 2017. The Seahawks can boast a 5-4 record versus Dallas since that playoff game at the end of the 2006 season.
However, there’s one key distinction. In 2014, Dallas defeated the Seahawks in Seattle, 30-23, on the Cowboys’ way to an outright NFC East title. That was the only time in the last nine meetings, dating back to the playoffs following the 2006 regular season, that Seattle played an outright division champion Cowboys team.
By the way, Dallas leads the all-time series 10-9. A reminder, the Seahawks were in the AFC from 1977 to 2001.
Because the Seahawks play in the NFC West and Seattle is so far removed from Dallas geographically, Cowboys fans haven’t learned to hate the blue and green just yet. But familiarity breeds contempt and these two teams are getting pretty familiar with each other.
Maybe all the series needs is one powder keg of a playoff game to create a full-on rivalry.
Will it happen Saturday?