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Seahawks didn’t need any breaks this time around | Letter
Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks on their first Super Bowl win.
It took Coach Pete Carroll four years to reach the top of Mt. Everest – but with good drafting (more than 20 players on the team were undrafted, the MVP of the Super Bowl was a seventh round draft choice from USC no less, Sherman was a fifth round pick and Wilson a third round pick) and perseverance in a great program paid the ultimate dividend this year.
Thousands of Seahawks fans are thrilled because it has been a very long time since Seattle has had a championship team. These same fans were extremely disappointed in Super Bowl XL (Seahawks first appearance), when they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 21–10.
The Seahawks had posted an NFC best 13-3 record, while the Steelers (11-5) tied the San Francisco 49ers with five Super Bowl wins and was the first No. 6 seed to win the big prize. This was also a very controversial game because of poor officiating (an embarrassment to the NFL) and much later, they admitted they made some mistakes.
To achieve this pinnacle, you not only have to perform at a very high level throughout the season, but you also have to get some breaks along the way … and the Seahawks got four key breaks during the season:
1. the Seahawks won the NFC West (and the No. 1 seed) because they lost only one home game (17-10 to the Arizona Cardinals in week 16; ironically, the Cardinals also had a great season (10-6) but missed the playoffs (to the New Orleans Saints) when they lost a close game at home to the SF 49ers 23-20), while the 49ers lost two home games (to the Indianapolis Colts in week 3 and the Carolina Panthers in week 10).
2. The game against the Panthers was a defensive struggle, where the 49ers had a 9-3 lead going into the fourth quarter; however, the 49ers defense could not rise to the occasion and gave up a touchdown, allowing the Panthers to win 10-9.
If the 49ers had won that close game, the roles would have been reversed. The 49ers would have won the NFC West with home-field advantage and the Seahawks would have been a wildcard team playing on the road. When that happened in 2012, they didn’t make it to the Super Bowl because they were eliminated by the Falcons in Atlanta in a close game. 3. The Seahawks got a scheduling break when they played the New Orleans Saints at home, but the 49ers had to play them in New Orleans where they were undefeated.
4. In the NFC Championship game, if Colin Kapernick’s pass to wide receiver Michael Crabtree (on the last play of the game) had been just a couple inches higher, Sherman would not have been able to tip it (for an interception) and Crabtree would have been able to catch it for the game-winning touchdown.
They say football is “a game of inches” and it was certainly proven true on that play.
One final note, the NFL is supposed to use their best officials for the playoff games but in this game, these officials blew at least four calls (all non-challengeable) and they all went against the 49ers. Unexplainable and inexcusable … something the Seahawks can relate to from their first Super Bowl appearance.
In this Super Bowl, the Seahawks didn’t need any breaks as everything went their way (except the 100-plus yards in penalties) and hardly anything went right for the Broncos. For Broncos general manager John Elway, it brought back memories of another nightmare when his team was demolished by quarterback Joe Montana and his 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV by a lopsided score of 55-10.
Gary Robertson, Federal Way