Jan 302015
 
Bellevue Square Mall in Seahawks Blue and Green

Bellevue Square Mall in Seahawks Blue and Green

The 12th Man has been ubiquitous in the Seattle area for the past couple of weeks. People of all shapes and sizes in Seahawks jerseys, cars driving around with flapping window flags, and office buildings lit up in proud blue and green. Seahawks fans are known to be some of the most passionate fans in the NFL and this fervor is rampant this week in anticipation of the big game this weekend.

The city and Washington State, typically a contrast in political and social viewpoints, has come together around the local football team. This place is as united as I’ve ever seen it. During the past two years, I’ve seen friends who’ve never watched football become rabid Seahawks fans. It’s amazing how a winner attracts a following.

The 12s are everywhere

The 12s are everywhere

Unlike many past Super Bowls, the matchup between the Seahawks and the Patriots is truly a toss-up. The best defense against the best offense. A young, newbie QB versus a future Hall of Famer. That sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Hopefully, things turn out like they did last year in New Jersey. Realistically, the Seahawks will need to play a lot better than they did against the Packers to win this one. It’s going to be a close one, perhaps down to the final drive. This may be the Super Bowl “for the Ages” as Coach Carroll says. Let’s Re-Pete!

 

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Jan 182015
 
12th Man Flag

12th Man Flag

 

After being shutout in the first half and trailing the Green Bay Packers 19-7 with about 4 minutes to go, many a 12th Man, including myself, were doubting the Seahawks were capable of staging such a historic comeback.  It was perhaps the greatest playoff comeback victory I’ve seen in many years.

With 5 turnovers, including 4 interceptions against Wilson, I thought the Seahawks played their worst game in the Wilson era. But as bad as Russell Wilson and the offense was in the first half, the defense was just as good and kept them from being blown out at home. When the chips were all on the line, Wilson, once again, came through by driving the offense to two TDs in 44 seconds. And in OT, Wilson knew he couldn’t give Aaron Rogers a chance to win the game, so he fired a 35-yard touchdown to win the game on the first possession. I’ll never doubt my home team again.

From an objective standpoint, the better team on Sunday didn’t win. If the Seahawks are going to repeat as Super Bowl champs in two weeks, they’ll need to play much better from start to finish against the Patriots. It’s going to be a great battle with New England in Arizona in two weeks; I’m hoping that the Seahawks won’t be giving me any reason to doubt them again.

 

 

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