Seattle Seahawks: 5 takeaways from win versus Patriots
By Jake Luppino
The 12s were missed last night
I know that 2020 has been one of the worst years in all of history, but at least we are able to experience the NFL. Although venues are beginning to allow a limited amount of fans into football games, the Seattle Seahawks announced earlier in August that they will be hosting no fans for at least the first regular home games of the season. It is a possibility that as the season goes, if things start to become better, maybe we will see 12s in our beloved CenturyLink Field. But, to focus on the game from last night, the 12s were missed.
There is no denying that the Seattle Seahawks have some of the best fans in the entire world. The 12s have always been loyal to the Seahawks, through the highs and lows; they’ve been through the wringer and have stuck by that organization.
Last night, on some crucial downs late in the game, I couldn’t help but think to myself how loud that stadium would be. The Sunday Night Football commentary team spoke on it during one of the fourth quarter drives led by Cam Newton. They had commented on the fact that the pumped in crowd noise can not exceed 70 decibels.
We all know that Seahawk fans bring energy and noise, especially in primetime games. With the fake crowd noise not being able to fully replicate the 12s, the Patriots did not have to worry about a silent count. They could call out their plays and audibles just as if they were at another practice. I truly do think that made a difference in yesterday’s game.
A perfect example would have been after Dunbar’s interception, which resulted in a Seahawks touchdown, the stadium would have been rocking and applied a lot of pressure on Cam and the offense on the ensuing drive. The defenders feed off that energy and that sometimes makes all the difference in the world if they get pressure on the quarterback or not.
The Seahawks did make a nice gesture last night, representing high school football in the state of Washington last night.