Bounced early, but still proud
That headline says it all from my stand point on the Seahawks 2012 football season.
They came up one game short from winning the division, a mighty step forward from the previous season, yet for some reason, it felt that we should still be playing this week.
Yes I am bummed that we were knocked out in the second round of the playoffs, but, I’m more proud of this football team this year than I have been in quite a while.
In my previous piece this week, I said that I didn’t feel like reflecting, but that has all changed now. I am ready to share with all of you my top 10 moments from the 2012 Seahawks football season.
I’m sure that most of my moments will be shared with some of you as well, since we are all on board for the same thing with this football team, a Super Bowl victory.
So, let’s get this thing started off right!
10: The shutout
This wasn’t just any shutout either, this was a slap in the face, embarrassing butt whooping to a divisional foe, who already had beaten us on opening day.
Do I really need to remind you of the score? Well, here it is anyways: 58-0 Seahawks over the Arizona Cardinals.
Many people chalked it up to the fact that the Cardinals weren’t 100% healthy, and to that, the Seahawks went on to destroy two other teams the following two weeks. But more on that later.
9: Wilson named starter
He didn’t waste anytime, being named the starter for the first pre-season game, and the next 21 games after that.
A rookie 3rd rounder isn’t your prototypical opening day starter, but, Russell Wilson isn’t quite your prototypical 3rd rounder either.
8: Home dominance
This falls at number 8 just because it really isn’t one moment, but 8 moments throughout the entire season.
For the first time since 2005, the Seahawks ran the table at home, going a perfect 8-0 on the year.
There were some close one’s, some blowouts, and a very controversial call that had the entire country up in arms with the replacement refs.
7: Beating Tom Brady
If there’s anything more annoying than the Patriots, their golden boy QB, and the Hoodie, please let me know.
This is why it brought me such joy to beat the Patriots in such a dramatic fashion in front of our own crowd.
Bill Belichick just might be the most hated man outside of New England, and that blank stare that he always has on his face is just disturbing.
But, even better than beating him, was taking it to Tom Brady, the man who thought he could come into Seattle and walk away with an easy win. Boy was he ever wrong.
6: Keeping it close
This one is like #8 in the sense that it was not just one moment.
All season long, the Seahawks had a chance to win the ballgame, if not for just coming up short, or for the lame duck fluke plays at the end of the game.
All in all, the Hawks were within a TD of every loss at the final whistle. In fact, the biggest margin of defeat came in St. Louis when the Rams beat the Hawks by a score of 19-13. A 6 point deficit.
5: The Hail Mary
The controversy that this play brought may have been enough to push a lot of teams over the edge, but the Seahawks used it to their advantage, and at the same time, brought the real refs out of their work stoppage.
Golden Tate made what will forever go down in infamy as the Failed Mary. It’s a toss up whether it was a real catch or not, depending on whose side you are on I guess.
I call it a catch. When the dust cleared and the play was finally over, Tate, and Jennings had control of the ball, and as the rule book states, possession goes to the receiving team.
4: Lynch does it all year long
Marshawn Lynch was flirting with the pace of Vikings Adrian Peterson for much of the year, and for the first few games, he led the league in rushing.
Lynch was a question mark coming into the pre-season with his DUI in the offseason, his new contract, and his nagging injuries.
But he silenced every last one of his critics, and had the best season of his career thus far. Here’s to him replicating those numbers next year.
3: Beat down
As if nothing could top the performance the Hawks had against the Cardinals in the shut out, they backed it up with another demolishing effort against divisional rivals San Francisco.
In front of another sell out crowd, the Hawks laid it on early, and never let up, en route to a crushing 42-13 win over the Niners.
Too bad it was left up to the Cardinals to beat the 49ers on the last day of the season for the Hawks to actually win the division, as they faltered badly against the Niners.
2: Russell gets the record
In the first half of the game against the Buffalo Bills up in Toronto, Russell Wilson decided to show why exactly the Seahawks named him the starter in pre-season.
Wilson ran for three first half touchdowns, and fired in another one through the air, something that had never happened before in the NFL.
He may not officially be the ROY, but his numbers sure showed otherwise.
1: Playoff win
It’s not quite Boston Red Sox numbers here, but a lot of you have been waiting your whole life for the Seahawks to win a playoff game on the road.
This year, the curse was broken!
The Seahawks fell behind early to the Washington Redskins, but fought back in the final three quarters to score 24 unanswered points, and the first road playoff win since 1983.
So there you have it, my top ten moments from the 2012 Seattle Seahawks football season.
I look forward to seeing what we can build on from the successes of this past season.