Super Bowl Champions of 2013-2014 Seattle Seahawks!
Superbowl Sunday- it was an exciting game.
Super Bowl Sunday was a good day if you are a Seahawks fan. The AFC Champions, the Denver Broncos lost to the NFC Champions, the Seattle Seahawks Sunday afternoon in the bitter cold of New Jersey. Super Bowl Sunday was February 2nd, 2014. Russell Wilson and the guys played a good game beating the Broncos and Peyton Manning, 43-8.The game was also dominated by Seattle's number one defense. In fact, the excellent defense of Seattle held back the number one offense of the Denver Broncos.
In normal Super Bowl environments, the stadium is made up of a neutral fan base so neither team has a home field advantage. However, this year, there were an estimated 3 to 1 ratio of Seattle fans versus Denver fans. Peyton Manning and the Broncos were in a cadence format for the first play of the game and missed the snap due to the loud cheers of the Seattle's 12th Man.
The Seattle Seahawks and their fans, the 12th Man deserved the win. The 12th Man is so important as is obviously noted by Seattle's wins during the season, which were partly caused by excessive false start penalties. Seahawks fans know the secret to success, the louder the better! Over the years, the Seahawks 12th Man has made a dramatic difference between winning and losing. The Pacific Northwest knows the importance of their voices. Their voices are known to shake the Earth. In fact, in 2011, against the New Orleans Saints, in a playoff game, the fans cheered so loudly when Marshawn Lynch made an amazing run and scored a 67-yard touchdown, that the earth shook beneath them. Go Seahawks!
Seahawks and the 12th Man
Any other team in the NFL knows that when they go up against the Seahawks in their stadium, that they must face the 12th Man. The 12th Man is the term that describes the collective fans who support the team. There are 11 players on the field in a football game, but the fans in the crowd who yell, scream, cheer, and make noise at the appropriate times make up the 12th Man. This 12th Man is hard to knock down and with this extra player the home team will always have a slight advantage. The Seahawks took this 12th Man to a new dimension this season as the fans roared and hollered as they are know to do. During the NY Giants game aginst the Seahawks, the 12 Man made the Giants incur 11 penalties due to false starts. That's impressive.
Throughout the entire season, teams use the 12th Man to their advantage during home games. Many times you will see different players waving their arms up to the crowd to get them to yell a little louder. The noise in the stadiums can get quite loud. Most teams form a huddle where the quarterback has to yell the next play to the other members of the offense. If the crowd is really loud, the quarterback has to yell that much louder. In addition, when the team forms along the line of scrimmage, the players on both sides must stay completely still until the quarterback calls out the signal to move. If the crowd is loud, it will be difficult for all the players on the offense to hear when to start the play. This may lead to a false start penalty. The Seahawks were notorious this year for creating false start penalties for their opponents. The 12th Man actually created issues for many quarterbacks throughout the season. Manning was obviously flustered during the Super Bowl, but other quarterbacks during the season became annoyed and frustrated because of the loud eruptions of noise made by the Seahawk fans. Any quarterback can lose their edge when this happens to them. It seems to have played a role in the outcome of Seattle's winning season.
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Did you know......
- The Seattle Seahawks Number 12 jersey was retired on December 15, 1984 in honor of the 12 Man Nation.
- The Seahawks fans are known as the loudest fans in the NFL.
- In 2003, the Seattle Seahawks fans were honored with a 12th Man flag.
- The 12th Man flag is raised by a special sports person or celebrity before each home game. It is an honor to raise this flag.
- The Seahawks average 2.36 false starts per game at CenturyLink Field.
- On December 2, 2013, the Seattle Seahawks fans broke the Guinness World Record for their loudness with 137.6 decibel reading.
Statistics courtesy of the http://www.seahawks.com/12th-Man/index.html
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