So many rave about their trips to Seattle and just how beautiful and welcoming the city really is. That may be true for a lot of people but not opposing NFL teams.

So many rave about their trips to Seattle and just how beautiful and welcoming the city really is. That may be true for a lot of people but not opposing NFL teams.

CenturyLink Field has been a house of horrors for any outsiders that have come for a visit. The insanely frantic atmosphere fuels the Seahwaks while the eardrum-rupturing hysteria overwhelms their opponents.

That's why Seattle has only lost one home game in the past two years, and it's why the Saints have come back to New Orleans with disappointing losses in their last two trips.

In the wild card round of the 2010 playoffs, the Saints endured an embarrassing defeat to a Seahawks team that was only 7-9 heading into the playoffs. They're the only team in NFL history to make the postseason with a losing record.

And of course, this year, in a game with No. 1 seed implications, New Orleans was run out of town in a 34-7 blowout loss. They're hoping that things will be much different this time around.

Back on that Monday night showdown on Dec. 2, the Saints got off to a horrid start--falling down 17-0 after a strip-fumble was returned for a touchdown.

New Orleans did a great job of containing Marshawn Lynch. They held him to just 45 yards rushing on 16 carries.

The problem was Russell Wilson. Wilson continually caught the Saints in blitzes and shredded them downfield to the tune of 310 yards passing and three touchdown. He also ran for 47 yards.

The Saint offense was punched in the mouth by the dominant Seattle defense, and they never responded. Drew Brees completed 23 passes, but they only added up to 147 yards.

And on the ground, New Orleans was held to a miniscule 44 yards rushing.

That may be the focus of the Saints gameplan this week. In Saturday night's road playoff win over the Eagles, New Orleans opened up the rushing attack and piled up 185 yards. Mark Ingram rushed for 97 yards alone.

That kind of ground attack will certainly be needed against the Seahawks as they bolster the top secondary in the league. Led by Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, Seattle only gives up 172 passing yards a game.

A good rushing attack will be needed as well to keep the heat off of Brees. Seattle ranks eighth in the league in sacks with 44 for the year.

Defensively, the Saints had one of their worst games of the season against the Seahawks last month, but they have to be encouraged by their performance at Philadelphia.

The Eagles had one of the hottest offenses in the league, but New Orleans held them in check for much of the game. They didn't really begin to roll until No. 1 cornerback Keenan Lewis was knocked out of the game with a concussion.

Lewis will most likely be back on Saturday, and they'll definitely need him. Already missing Jabari Greer and Kenny Vaccaro, the Saints will need a great effort to stop Wilson.

And Wilson just might have his most lethal target Percy Harvin back for this game. Harvin missed most of the year recovering from hip surgery and re-aggravated the injury after making his return.

He missed the regular-season matchup with the Saints but if he returns on Saturday, it will be just another element New Orleans will have to deal with.

The Saints had never won a road playoff game prior to Saturday. They now have that huge gorilla off of their backs. Maybe that'll be added confidence heading to Seattle.

It surely helps knowing that as hard as it is to win there, it can be done. Just three weeks ago, the Cardinals went there and won despite four Carson Palmer interceptions.