Richard Sherman: Appeal Victory Will Be Vital for Seahawks in Postseason

Alex Hall@@AlexKHallCorrespondent IIIDecember 28, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 23:  Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts after ne intercepted a pass in the second half against the San Francisco 49ers at Qwest Field on December 23, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman won his four-game suspension appeal for performance-enhancing drugs, enhancing the chances of his team playing in the Super Bowl.

If the Seahawks are unable to move up from the No. 5 seed, they will take on the NFC East champion Cowboys or Redskins. If Seattle takes over the No. 3 seed from San Francisco, the former will take on the Vikings, Bears, Redskins or maybe even the Giants.

Regardless of the seeding however, Sherman's team will be playing on Wild Card weekend and will be facing off against a formidable opponent.

The Redskins offense, led by Robert Griffin III, and Minnesota's by Adrian Peterson have been hot as of late. The Cowboys are on the verge of putting together a playoff-bound season after being decimated by injuries thanks to the emergence of Dez Bryant.

Chicago and New York have not been as formidable as of late but both are playoff-experienced clubs who would be no easy victory in the postseason.

What does all this have to do with Sherman? The fact that he has been one of, if not the best cornerback in the NFL on one of its stingiest defenses, that's what.

In a recent article by the Associated Press (via The Boston Globe), Sherman was called "one of the best young cornerbacks in the [league]" and it's not hard to see why that is.

The Seahawks own the NFL's No.5 passing defense and rank 11th against the run. Those stats are thanks in part to Sherman's Pro Bowl-worthy season with seven interceptions, 61 tackles and three forced fumbles.

Oh, and Sherman is not too happy about that Pro Bowl snub. The Seattle corner told Kareem Copleand of

It might have been just me being a fifth-rounder, a nobody, a no-name. Sometimes it seems like -- you play well, you don't play well -- it doesn't seem to matter because you don't have the big name...Definitely makes [the chip on my shoulder] a little bigger.

That means not only will the Seahawks have their best corner available during the postseason, they have a determined and angry Sherman roaming the field.

When you consider the fact that Sherman and the team's defense hasn't allowed more than 20 points by opposing offenses since Week 12.

Seattle is not a team that any NFC squad should be looking forward to playing in the playoffs. Considering recent play with Sherman available, this team can easily make the Super Bowl.