The Seattle Seahawks came out of nowhere a year ago, riding rookie quarterback Russell Wilson to a surprise 11-5 finish and a playoff appearance. Not much was expected of the Seahawks, yet they pushed their way into Atlanta in the divisional round of the playoffs last year, and narrowly missed out on a trip to the NFC title game.
Coming into 2013, they wouldn’t sneak up on anyone. In fact, despite having a clear target on their back as a potential Super Bowl favorite, they slammed opponent after opponent to the ground en route to an impressive 13-3 finish. They earned a first round bye, and after a solid home win last week, find themselves in the game they couldn’t get to last year.
While the NFC Championship game is fantastic, Seattle’s sights are locked in on getting to and winning the Super Bowl. But while that is without a doubt the main goal, Seattle fans need to take a second and soak up what’s happening right now.
The potential trip to the Super Bowl is clearly what brings the serious value to Seattle Seahawks playoff tickets this week, but just the pleasure of watching the Seahawks go toe to toe with the 49ers again in such a massive game is reason enough to check this game out live. After all, Seattle lost one game all season at home and has built up a resistance to opponents that come in to challenge the “12th Man”.
While most of it is warm and fuzzy for the Seahawks, there has been understandable criticism of Seattle’s lethargic offense, as their passing game has held them back at times, often forcing the ‘Hawks to rely too heavily on the running game, as well as the defense.
A healthy Percy Harvin (concussion) would go a long way to ease those concerns, though, while it may not even matter if Lynch can show up in full-blown “Beast Mode” and match the 140+ yard and two-touchdown production we saw out of him last week.
If that ends up being the case, it’s hard to imagine the 49ers coming into Seattle and getting the win. After all, the difference in location has been pretty amazing for the Seahawks, while they just generally don’t lose many close games. Their ability to control the tempo at home and enforce their will in most games is what has made them so great.
To get more specific, the all three of Seattle’s losses this year have come by a touchdown or less, with just one at home. In the other five contests that were decided by seven points or less – you guessed it – the Seahawks were victorious.
Add Seattle’s propensity to finish close games and the fact that the last clash between these two sides in Seattle ended with a 29-3 romp in favor of the Seahawks, and Seattle fans should feel pretty good about their chances of moving on to the Super Bowl.