The Seattle Seahawks are headed to Super Bowl XLVIII. The 23-17 victory against the San Francisco Forty-Niners for the NFC Championship was possibly one of the most exciting games of the post-season.
This will mark the second Super Bowl appearance for the Seahawks. The first time they played against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2005-2006 season. That Seattle team was led by quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and coach Mike Holmgren. The Seahawks lost to the Steelers 21-10. Many in Seattle claim the loss was due to ‘bad-calls’ from the referees.
Last year coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider started building the team differently. Their draft picks were scrutinized by NFL analysts and mocked by the competition. Their coaching style and roster was not taken seriously by anyone outside of Seattle until the depth of this team was finally revealed.
Explosive playmakers and a determined team, the Seattle Seahawks have certainly made the rest of the football nation believers. The NFC Championship game against the Forty-Niners is a victory that will survive the ages in Seattle. The day when San Francisco’s ‘quest for six’ ended at the hands of the Seahawks and the loudest fans in the world, the Twelfth Man.
During the NFC Championship game, Seahawks quarterback and Pro-Bowler Russell Wilson threw for over 200 yards with one touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to Jermaine Kearse. With that touchdown Seattle took the lead at 20-17. Wilson finished up the evening with a quarterback passer rating of 104, almost twice the rating of the Forty-Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The Seahawks franchise running back and Pro-Bowler Marshawn Lynch, also known as Beast-Mode, rushed for over 100 yards. Lynch scored a touchdown on a 42 yard run in the third quarter where the crowd erupted with a deafening roar and shook the field, raining Skittles in the Seahawks endzone.
The top receiver of the game was the one-and-only Doug Baldwin, who had over 100 receiving yards. In addition to Baldwin’s six incredible receptions throughout the game, he also proved to be a valuable kick-off returner with a total of 69 return yards. Baldwin has been one of those overlooked Seahawks players throughout the season but has shown time and time again to be an excellent and explosive play-maker.
Could Seattle have won this game without its defense and the well known and revered secondary, also known as the ‘Legion of Boom’? No, this Seattle Seahawks team loses as one and wins as one. The NFC Championship was a big win for the defense. Defensive end Michael Bennett had a sack and a forced fumble. San Francisco recovered the ball and a few plays later made a touchdown to make the score 17-10 in their favor. Bennett also recovered a forced fumble made by Cliff Avril who had one sack for the game as well.
Pro-Bowler safety Kam Chancellor intercepted the ball in the fourth quarter. Chancellor’s interception led to a field-goal which put the Seahawks in a six point lead over the Niners. “I saw him there, but I thought I could throw it over him,” said Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick in his post game conference on Fox. He didn’t throw it high enough.
On San Francisco’s final drive downfield in the final seconds of the game, Kaepernick threw an endzone pass towards Michael Crabtree. The pass was deflected by Seahawks cornerback and Pro-Bowler Richard Sherman. Sherman tipped the ball into linebacker Malcolm Smith’s hands for a touchback and Seattle ran down the clock to victory.
After that play Sherman attempted to shake Crabtree’s hand, but Crabtree ignored the gesture and pushed Sherman’s face. This sparked some controversy later in post-game interviews and all over the internet that evening.
The Seahawks have had an amazing season and they surely deserve this opportunity to play in the big game. “They deserve it and they’re the best,” said Seahawk coach Pete Carroll in his post-game conference on Fox.
The Seahawks have made headlines all season with crowd noise, franchise records, huge wins, and amazing players on and off the field. Last year they came up short only to earn it this year.
Feb. 2, 2014 the Seattle Seahawks face the Denver Broncos at Super Bowl XLVIII. Let’s hope they play their best game ever and bring the Lombardi Trophy to Century-Link Field and the Twelfth Man for the first time in Seahawks franchise history.