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GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks looks prior to Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Aaron Dobson #17 of the New England Patriots looks on prior to Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Kam Chancellor #31 of the Seattle Seahawks stands on the field prior to Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: A general view inside University of Phoenix Stadium prior to Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Luke Willson #82 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up on the field prior to Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: A general view of a goalpost prior to Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Seattle Seahawk fans support their team prior to Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks walks on the field prior to Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks walks on the field prior to Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen talks with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on the field prior to Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up prior to Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up prior to Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Keavon Milton #66 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up prior to Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks stands on the field prior to Super Bowl XLVIII at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up prior to Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks walks on the field during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Russell Okung #76 of the Seattle Seahawks walks on the field during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
New England Patriots fans yell toward players warming up before the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Patriots on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, left, warms up before the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll watches during warm ups before the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson warms up before the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, left, fakes a handoff to Marshawn Lynch before throwing the ball during a team walk through for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. The Seahawks play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman arrives for a team walk through for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. The Seahawks play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Seattle Seahawks' Luke Wilson talks with tight ends coach Pat McPherson during a team walk through for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. The Seahawks play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman arrives for a team walk through for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. The Seahawks play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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PHOENIX (AP) -- Here are some scary thoughts for the rest of the NFL:

A win Sunday will stamp the Seahawks as one of the best teams of the Super Bowl era. And, given Seattle's makeup and philosophy, the future for the franchise might be brighter than for any other club.

Rarely has a team with so many key young players been so formidable. The last such group might have been the Jimmy Johnson Cowboys of the early 1990s, when Dallas had the Triplets: future Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin.

Seattle has its own trio of All-Pros, but on defense: cornerback Richard Sherman, safety Earl Thomas and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. All are 26 or younger.

They're complemented by young talent all over the lineup, from Kam Chancellor (26) in the secondary to linebacker K.J. Wright (25) to offensive leaders quarterback Russell Wilson (26), receivers Doug Baldwin (26) and Jermaine Kearse (25 next week), tight end Luke Willson (25) and a bunch of twenty-somethings on the line.

All of them already have experienced the ultimate success on the field, and if they can beat New England for a second straight championship, the D word frequently will be thrown around.

"For us to win the Super Bowl back-to-back years, we definitely could be a team that's talked about as a dynasty," Wright says. "I'm glad that the core players of this team are still together. The more we continue to stay around here, the more championships we'll win."

Very possibly.

But it's not just the talent coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have collected, and how quickly Seattle locked up key personnel with contracts; only Wilson and Wagner need to be re-signed among the elite players.

It's the culture the Seahawks have developed.

Unlike the Patriots, who emulate the approach of their reveal-nothing coach and front office, the Seahawks are free-wheeling. It some ways, they resemble a college team, which makes perfect sense: Before turning around the Seahawks, Carroll won two national titles at Southern Cal.

While the methods of Bill Belichick clearly work in New England - no franchise has been more successful overall in the last 15 years - the Patriots last won a championship a decade ago. Although Tom Brady says he hopes to quarterback the team well into his 40s (he's 37), the current roster doesn't strike fear for the future the way Seattle's might.

That's true even if the Patriots win Sunday in a dead-even game: The betting line is pick-em.

"There are a number of kind of tenets you know, but developing a really competitive roster, keeping it young, always trying to upgrade," Carroll says of the program he's installed in Seattle since arriving in 2010. "That mentality is really pervading. It shows up everywhere. The style of play that we want, that we agreed to, about being a physical team and running the football and playing defense on teams. And with that thought, those are all just kind of the tenets that we've built it on and we've tried to remain uncommonly consistent in that commitment. I think that's at the core of everything."

The Nolls and Landrys and, yes, Belichicks might scoff at the openness. But in the Gen X NFL, letting players "be themselves," as Sherman says, could be the way to go.

In a copycat league, if the Seahawks come through Sunday, who's to say Seattle's approach won't be emulated? Lots of the Seahawks think so, even hope so.

With championships in the bank and money to spend under the salary cap, the Pacific Northwest becomes an even more attractive landing spot. And that will be true even if - as expected - some of Carroll's assistants leave for promotions elsewhere this offseason.

"I know that the guys that are here really want to be here, and want to have the style of coaching," says center Max Unger, a six-year veteran. "I think that it really just focuses on what you do well and highlighting that within your position. It's just a positive mindset."

And then there's the ultimate attraction: winning rings.

"Man, that's why I stayed because of being able to play in these types of games and just a chance to play on this team," says defensive end Michael Bennett, who left Tampa after four seasons, won a championship last year on a one-season deal, and then re-signed with the Seahawks. "I mean, this team is full of energy, full of superstars, full of everybody who wants to be successful.

"I mean, money can't put a price on winning. I know a lot of guys who have made a lot of money and they are still upset that they can't be in this spotlight. Pro Bowls are one thing, MVP is one thing, but Super Bowl is a whole other atmosphere. When you win a Super Bowl, you get so much notoriety and you get the chance to really be on a great team. Money just can't put a price on that."

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Week 1: Seahawks vs Packers, 36-16 win
Record: 1-0

In this Sept. 4, 2014, file photo, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) begins pass coverage against the Green Bay Packers in the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle. After they opened the 2014 NFL season in early September, it seemed inevitable that Aaron Rodgers would get a second chance to throw at Richard Sherman if he wanted to.

Photo Credit: Stephen Brashear, AP Photo

Week 2: Seahawks at Chargers, 30-21 loss
​Record: 1-1

Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor, right, dives for San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in San Diego.

Photo Credit: Gregory Bull, AP Photo

Week 3: Seahawks vs Broncos, 26-20 win
​Record: 2-1

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) rushes as Denver Broncos' Kayvon Webster defends in overtime in an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 26-20.

Photo Credit: Elaine Thompson, AP Photo

Week 4: Bye Week
​Record: 2-1

Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks adjusts his helmet against the Denver Broncos at CenturyLink Field on September 21, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.

Photo Credit: Jeff Gross, Getty Images

Week 5: Seahawks at Redskins, 27-17 win
​Record: 3-1

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) breaks a tackle by Washington Redskins inside linebacker Perry Riley (56) on his way to a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.

Photo Credit: Nick Wass, AP Photo

Week 6: Seahawks vs Cowboys, 30-23 loss
​Record: 3-2

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, right, powers through a tackle by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman to score a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Seattle.

Photo Credit: Scott Eklund, AP Photo

Week 7: Seahawks at Rams, 28-26 loss
​Record: 3-3

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, left, is tackled by St. Louis Rams free safety Rodney McLeod after catching a pass for a 49-yard gain during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in St. Louis.

Photo Credit: L.G. Patterson, AP Photo

Week 8: Seahawks at Panthers, 13-9 win
​Record: 4-3

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) heads to the turf as Carolina Panthers defensive back Colin Jones (42) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Charlotte.

Photo Credit: Mike McCarn, AP Photo

Week 9: Seahawks vs Raiders, 30-24 win
​Record: 5-3

Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks defends against Kenbrell Thompkins #85 of the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field on November 2, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.

Photo Credit: Otto Greule Jr, Getty Images

Week 10: Seahawks vs Giants, 38-17 win
​Record: 6-3

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) gets ready to push off of New York Giants' Quintin Demps during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 38-17.

Photo Credit: Elaine Thompson, AP Photo

Week 11: Seahawks at Chiefs, 24-20 loss
​Record: 6-4

Kansas City Chiefs running back De'Anthony Thomas (13) is tripped up by Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) in the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.

Photo Credit: Charlie Neibergall, AP Photo

Week 12: Seahawks vs Cardinals, 19-3 win
Record: 7-4

Quarterback Drew Stanton #5 of the Arizona Cardinals looks to pass against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 23, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 19-3.

Photo Credit: Otto Greule Jr, Getty Images

Week 13: Seahawks at 49ers, 19-3 win
​Record: 8-4

Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks escapes the reach of defensive tackle Tony Jerod-Eddie #63 of the San Francisco 49ers late in the fourth quarter on November 27, 2014 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The Seahawks won 19-3.

Photo Credit: Brian Bahr, Getty Images

Week 14: Seahawks at Eagles, 24-14 win
​Record: 9-4

Seattle Seahawks' Tharold Simon (27) intercepts a pass intended for Philadelphia Eagles' Riley Cooper (14) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Philadelphia.

Photo Credit: Matt Rourke, AP Photo

Week 15: Seahawks at 49ers, 17-7 win
​Record: 10-4

Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman, right, closes in on San Francisco 49ers' Brandon Lloyd in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 17-7.

Photo Credit: Elaine Thompson, AP Photo

Week 16: Seahawks at Cardinals, 35-6 win
​Record: 11-4

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) can't make the catch in the end zone against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz.

Photo Credit: Ross D. Franklin, AP Photo

Week 17: Seahawks vs Rams, 20-6 win
​Record: 12-4

Running back Benny Cunningham #36 of the St. Louis Rams fumbles the ball across the goal line and out of bounds for a Seahawks touchback as free safety Earl Thomas #29 and cornerback Byron Maxwell #41 of the Seattle Seahawks close in during the fourth quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field on December 28, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey, Getty Images

Wild Card Round: Bye Week
Advance to Divisional Round

Seattle Seahawks center Max Unger takes part in practice drills Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Renton, Wash. Unger, who missed the last six games with an ankle injury, is expected to be in the lineup when the Seahawks play the Carolina Panthers, Saturday, Jan. 10, in an NFL football divisional playoff game.

Photo Credit: Ted S. Warren, AP Photo

NFC Divisional Round: Seahawks vs Panthers, 31-17 win
Advance to Conference Championship

DeShawn Shead #35 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts after a play against the Carolina Panthers during the 2015 NFC Divisional Playoff game at CenturyLink Field on January 10, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey, Getty Images

NFC Championship: Seahawks vs Packers, 28-22 win
Advance to Super Bowl XLIX

Jermaine Kearse #15 of the Seattle Seahawks catches a 35 yard game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Green Bay Packers during the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.

Photo Credit: Christian Petersen, Getty Images

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