They Call Him Russell
Led by Russell Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks became the third team in NFL history to score 50 points in back-to-back games during the same season after they beat the Cardinals, 58-0, in Week 14 and the Bills, 50-17, in Week 15. The other teams to do so were the 1950 New York Giants, quarterbacked by Charlie Conerly, and the 1950 Los Angeles Rams, quarterbacked by Norm Van Brocklin. In the first half of the Seahawks' Week 15 win over the Bills, Wilson became the first player in NFL history with three rushing touchdowns and a passing touchdown in the first half of a game.
Wilson did nothing but exceed expectations in 2012 as he tied Peyton Manning's rookie record with 26 passing touchdowns. With a 100.0 passer rating and 64.1 percent completion rate, Wilson had the second-highest passer rating and third-best completion percentage by a rookie in NFL history. He didn't just perform efficiently, Wilson also came through in the clutch, throwing three game-winning touchdowns and rushing for one more in the final two minutes -- the most by a rookie since the 1970 merger. After a fantastic regular season, Wilson set a rookie record and franchise record with 385 passing yards in his second postseason game -- a last-second loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round.
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In 2005, Shaun Alexander took home the first and only MVP award for the Seattle Seahawks. He rushed for 1,880 yards and had 28 touchdowns, which set the single-season touchdown mark (later surpassed by LaDainian Tomlinson’s 31 in 2006). Under coach Mike Holmgren, Alexander had 11 100-yard games and led the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl in franchise history, a 21-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Alexander retired after 2008 and remains tied with Marshall Faulk for the seventh most rushing touchdowns (100) in NFL history. Every player ranked in the top 10 for rushing touchdowns is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame except for LaDainian Tomlinson and Jerome Bettis. Does Shaun Alexander deserve a spot in Canton?
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Coming Up Short
In a Week 10 matchup vs. the Los Angeles Rams in 1979, the Seahawks had the most abysmal offensive performance in NFL history. In front of their home crowd at the Seattle Kingdome, the Seahawks totaled minus-7 yards on offense -- the fewest in NFL history. Quarterback Jim Zorn was sacked more times (six) than he had completions (two). Zorn finished the game 2-of-17 passing for 25 yards, with six sacks for a loss of 55 yards. Seattle's leading rusher, Sherman Smith, had 16 yards on 17 carries. The Seahawks were shutout, 24-0.
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The 12th Man
When Percy Harvin came to Seattle, he wasn't allowed to wear the number he wore in Minnesota because it was retired -- for the fans. Seahawks fans received the greatest tribute on Dec. 15, 1984 when Seahawks president Mike McCormack retired the No. 12 jersey, making the Seahawks the first organization to do so for its fans. Fox Sports measured the CenturyLink Field noise level at 112 decibels in 2005 -- the equivalent of someone using a sandblaster without ear protection. That year, coach Mike Holmgren dedicated a game ball to the 12th Man after the Seahawks defeated the Giants 24-21 in overtime. The Giants were called for 11 false start penalties and missed three field goals, including two potential game-winners in overtime. No one appreciated the 12th Man more in 2012 than Russell Wilson, who led the Seahawks to an 8-0 home record as he posted a 123.6 passer rating at home -- best in the NFL.
Hall of Famers Finish in Seattle
Since coming into the league in 1979, the Seahawks have had seven players inducted into the Hall of Fame. Only two them, Cortez Kennedy and Steve Largent, played the majority of their careers in Seattle. The other five -- Carl Eller (16), Franco Harris (8), Warren Moon (25), John Randle (43) and Jerry Rice (11) -- only played in a combined 103 games for the Seahawks.
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A seven-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro, Steve Largent dominated at the small size of 5-11, 184 pounds. Largent was traded to Seattle for an eighth-round pick in 1976 after four preseason games in Houston, but he outperformed expectations as he led the NFL in receiving yards twice (1979 and 1985). When he retired after the 1989 season, Largent held six major receiving records -- none of which still stand today. The best game of his career came against the Detroit Lions in Week 5 of 1987, when he caught 15 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns. That still stands as the most receiving yards allowed by the Lions.
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History of Turnovers
On Nov. 4, 1984, the Seahawks destroyed the Kansas City Chiefs 45-0, with four of their six touchdowns coming from the defense. The Seahawks set single-game records with four interceptions returned for touchdowns and 325 yards off those returns. They had more interception return yards than the Chiefs had receiving yards. In 1984, the Seahawks led the league with seven interceptions returned for touchdown and 63 forced turnovers, the second most ever in a single season. That year was their first season with 10 or more wins; they went 12-4 and made their second postseason appearance.
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In 2011, the Seahawks found a hidden treasure in Doug Baldwin, who led the team with 51 receptions and 788 yards. Baldwin was the first undrafted rookie to lead his team in yards and receptions since Bill Groman of the Houston Oilers in 1960 (72 catches for 1,473 yards). Perhaps his most memorable game came in Week 5, when Baldwin had career highs with eight receptions for 136 yards against a Giants team that would go on to win the Super Bowl, and he scored the go-ahead touchdown with 2:37 left in the game.
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The Missing Piece
The Seahawks will be without Percy Harvin for the majority of the season, and they might miss his game-changing ability. No receiver was more prolific after the catch in 2012, as Harvin led all receivers with 8.9 yards after the catch per reception. Before he was injured in Week 9, Harvin led the NFL with 60 receptions. But Harvin doesn't just contribute on offense. He has five kickoff return touchdowns since 2009 -- the most in the NFL over that span.