It wasn't a dream, Seahawks really are Super Bowl-bound

It’s two things that just don’t go together — the Seattle Seahawks and the Super Bowl. It’s like super-sizing your Quarter Pounder meal while trying to lose weight. This is just stuff that isn’t supposed to happen. But it did. The Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl.

I literally got tears in my eyes when the final gun sounded Sunday night and Paul Allen, Mike Holmgren, Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander were hoisting the NFC Championship Trophy. I’m not afraid to admit it. The scene was 1,000-times more emotional than the best tear-jerking Little House on the Prairie episode. That’s saying a lot because Michael Landon was the best baller in TV history.

Sunday night was a scene 30 years in the making. Ever since the Seahawks’ inaugural season of 1976, the franchise has been tucked in the northwest corner of the United States, far away from the national media spotlight. Before two weeks ago, the Seahawks hadn’t won a playoff game since 1984 — the longest dry spell of any team in the NFL.

That all changed in the span of three hours Sunday in front of a rabid Qwest Field crowd when the Seahawks completely demolished the Carolina Panthers, 34-14.

Federal Way resident and current Mirror photo intern Sean Flanigan got a first-hand taste of what Qwest Field felt like Sunday afternoon in the NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers because he was actually on the Field Turf.

“I snuck in,” Flanigan said. “I saw another photographer and I just followed him into the stadium while they were introducing the players. I was in there for about 10 minutes before somebody asked me to leave. It was crazy. It was so exciting and cool. It was awesome. There was so much going on before the game that I couldn’t focus on just one thing. You could just feel the energy.”

Let’s hope that Qwest Field energy makes its way to Detroit for the Super Bowl.

The only bright spot about the Seahawks waiting for three decades to qualify for their first Super Bowl is the fact that Seattle fans have had plenty of time to save up their money. It’s not going to be cheap to watch the Hawks up close and personal in the Motor City.

The cost for two Super Bowl XL tickets is $1,250, and that’s face value. Scalpers and ticket agents will be charging much more. Round-trip airline tickets to Detroit were listed at $435 last weekend and the cheapest hotel rooms are going for over $400 a night in cities like Toledo, Ohio and Ann Arbor, Mich. — an hours drive from Detroit.

The Seahawks announced Monday that 75 percent of the team’s tickets — around 12,000 total — are currently available to selected season-ticket holders after a lottery was held Sunday night. The team receives 17.5 percent of all Super Bowl tickets. The AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers get the same percentage.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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