The Seattle Seahawks will begin cycling through out of division and out of conference opponents this season that they last faced in Russell Wilson’s first two years in the league. These two seasons were an incredibly exciting time to be a Seahawk fan, every week seemingly brought more confidence that the team and franchise were building towards something great. With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the more memorable games from 2012 and 2013 that are on Seattle’s schedule for this coming season.
Miami Dolphins – Last Game: Week 12, 2012
One of the most frustrating games of the Pete Carroll era. The Seahawks were unable to get anything going on the ground and gave up 17 unanswered points, including a game winning field goal as time expired to lose 24-21. Ryan Tannehill marched up and down the field in the fourth quarter like he was a quarterback not named Ryan Tannehill and Davone Bess (!) caught seven passes for 129 yards. A Bobby Wagner end zone interception was negated by a questionable Earl Thomas roughing the passer penalty and the ‘Phins scored on the next play. Pete Carroll passed up several opportunities to try field goals from beyond fifty yards on a hot Miami afternoon. Shortly after the game it was reported that both Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner were facing four-game suspensions.
New York Jets – Last Game: Week 10, 2012
The feared Tim Tebow/Mark Sanchez combo hit CenturyLink Field and combined to score zero points. Golden Tate threw a touchdown to Sidney Rice on a gadget play that, if I remember correctly, had Pete Carroll laughing before the ball was snapped. Richard Sherman intercepted Sanchez on the goal line and the Jets only points came from a Muhammad Wilkerson fumble recovery returned for a touchdown.
Atlanta Falcons – Last Game: Week 10, 2013
Returning to the site of a heartbreaking playoff loss, Seattle came out firing and didn’t give the Falcons a chance. A beautiful throw and catch by Wilson to Tate to end the first half all but sealed it as the Seahawks rolled to a 33-10 victory. Marshawn Lynch on a run to the left stiff-armed a Falcons defender in the face so viscously the defenders own family questioned his manhood. This would be the final game Brandon Browner played in as a Seahawk, as a groin injury would cost him the rest of the season.
New Orleans Saints – Last Game: Week 13, 2013
Heading into this Monday Night Football match-up in Seattle, home field advantage was on the line. And then the game began. CenturyLink was deafening even for Seattle standards as the Seahawks dominated in a 34-7 win. Michael Bennett picked up a fumble and showed off his safe-for-work moves en route to the end zone, later screaming to Cliff Avril and co. on the sideline "I TOLD Y’ALL I USED TO PLAY RUNNING BACK!" The world was introduced to Derrick Coleman in the lead up to the game with an ESPN feature on him, only for Coleman to introduce himself to the Saints by grabbing a freakish bounce and diving into the end zone for his first career touchdown.
Buffalo Bills – Last Game: Week 15, 2012
Coming off of a 58-0 victory over the Cardinals the previous week, the Seahawks took their act on the road and into Canada, delivering another stunning performance winning 50-17. Russell Wilson ran for three touchdowns on the afternoon and threw for another. Earl Thomas had a beautiful interception return for a touchdown, weaving through dismayed Bills players during his 57-yard jaunt. And PSY performed at half time. Just thought you might like to know.
New England Patriots – Last Game: Week 6, 2012
For me personally, this game and the Chicago game seven weeks later were the two that made me really believe Wilson was a franchise quarterback. Trailing late on after multiple dropped interceptions by Earl Thomas and an Aaron Hernandez touchdown, Seattle began to crawl back. First, it was a touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards bringing the Seahawks to within six. Then, with under ninety seconds to play, Wilson hooked up with Sidney Rice for a 46-yard touchdown to give Seattle the lead. Following the game, Richard Sherman and Tom Brady had their now infamous interaction (or lack thereof).
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Last Game: Week 9, 2013
The winless Bucs came into CenturyLink Field and scared the living daylights out of the Seahawks, marching to a 21-0 lead in the first half. Running back Michael James ran all over the Seahawks and even threw a touchdown on a trick play while the Bucs came out flying. Touchdowns to Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, plus a ridiculous punt return from Golden Tate brought Seattle right back in it before Steven Hauschka nailed his second overtime-winning field goal of the season for the Hawks to sneak out a 27-24 win.
Heading into Russell Wilson’s fifth season as the teams starting quarterback, Seahawks fans have already enjoyed more highs then some franchises have had in the past thirty years. The first two seasons of Wilson’s career were two really unique and cool years to follow the team, and this season should be another great ride. Go Hawks!