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Another early playoff exit adds to Seahawks frustration

For all the success through the years, there is an indisputable fact Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll and the rest of the Seahawks more veteran players can't avoid.
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks toward his bench near the end of the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) — For all the success through the years, there is an indisputable fact Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll and the rest of the Seattle Seahawks more veteran players can't avoid.

Since the Seahawks loss to New England in the Super Bowl in February 2015, their playoff performances have been complete failures by their own standards. 

"You know, out of all the years since we lost to New England, I thought this year was our best chance and going out we had all the pieces we had all confidence in the world to go back," said linebacker K.J. Wright via Zoom on Sunday.  "We got to get better and we got to find ways to just get to those playoff moments and make it happen, because somebody's got to be there, and you know I feel like you should it should have been us this year."

It's now been six years since Seattle won more than one game in a single postseason. 

The Hawks traded for Carlos Dunlap mid-season to improve Seattle's pass rush.  It worked and Dunlap really wanted to make a deep run in the playoffs.

He didn't think they would be ending the game, ending the season this year this way, this week. "Not that I overlooked L.A. We knew it would be a challenge," said Dunlap. "I thought we would come in and do what it took. We did not deliver yesterday so that's why we're here."

The latest abbreviated playoff run may be the most troubling after Saturday's 30-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.