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2012 Seattle Seahawks season

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Head coach  Pete Carroll
Owner  Paul Allen
Record  11–5
General manager  John Schneider
Home field  CenturyLink Field
Division place  2nd NFC West
2012 Seattle Seahawks season

The 2012 Seattle Seahawks season was the franchise's 37th season in the National Football League and the third under head coach Pete Carroll. The Seahawks had a three quarterback competition with Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn, and Russell Wilson. Jackson was traded to the Bills, and Wilson won the job.

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The Seahawks improved upon their record of 7–9 from last season and had their first winning season since 2007. The team was 4–0 during the preseason, and during the regular season, their 11 victories was the third best in franchise history. The Seahawks went undefeated at home for the third time in franchise history, after 2003 and 2005. Additionally, with their victory over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in the wildcard round, the Seahawks won their first road playoff game in almost 30 years. However, despite holding a lead with just 30 seconds left in regulation, the Seahawks lost to the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round by a score of 30–28.

New logo and uniform

On April 3, 2012, Nike unveiled the new design for the uniforms and logo for the Seahawks. The new designs incorporate a new accent color, "Wolf Grey", and the main colors are "College Navy" and "Action Green". The uniforms incorporate "feather trims", twelve feathers printed on the neckline and down each pant leg to represent the "12th Man", referring to the team's fans.

2012 draft class

Notes

^[a] The team traded its original first-round selection (#12 overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the Eagles' first- (#15 overall), fourth- (#114 overall) and sixth- (#172 overall) selections. ^[b] The team traded its original second-round selection (#43 overall) to the New York Jets in exchange for the Jets' second- (#47 overall), fifth- (#154 overall) and seventh- (#232 overall) round selections. ^[c] The team traded its original fifth-round selection (#147 overall) and a 2011 fourth-round selection to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for running back Marshawn Lynch. ^[d] The team traded its original seventh-round selection (#219 overall) to the Detroit Lions in exchange for tackle Tyler Polumbus. ^[e] The team acquired this seventh-round selection (#225 overall) as part of a trade that sent linebacker Aaron Curry to the Oakland Raiders.

Final roster

  • Starters in bold.
  • (*) Denotes players that were selected for the 2013 Pro Bowl.
  • Regular season

    Bold indicates division opponents. Source: 2012 NFL season results  #  Indicates that the Seahawks were the visiting team in the Bills Toronto Series.

    Week 1: at Arizona Cardinals

    With the loss, the Seahawks started their season 0–1.

    Week 2: vs. Dallas Cowboys

    After facing the Cardinals on the road, the Seahawks returned home for a home game against the Cowboys. The game went very well for the Seahawks as the team improved to 1–1. This is also the first win for rookie QB Russell Wilson.

    Week 3: vs. Green Bay Packers

    The game had a controversial ending when Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw a Hail Mary pass to the endzone on the final play that appeared to have been intercepted by Green Bay. However, while one official signaled the interception, the other official signaled a touchdown for Seattle by receiver Golden Tate, based on the rule that a catch with simultaneous possession is ruled a completion for the offense. The play was reviewed and the officials awarded the touchdown to Seattle. The call by the officials, who were replacements for the customary and more experienced officials, was met with outrage by other NFL players and fans around the country who believed Green Bay should have been awarded the interception and thus the game. Many also claimed the officials had missed an offensive pass interference call committed by Tate on Packers cornerback Sam Shields that also would have won the game for Green Bay. The NFL released an official statement the next day that, while acknowledging that pass interference should have been called on Tate, supported the decision to uphold the play as simultaneous possession.

    With the win, the Seahawks improved to 2–1. With the 49ers' loss to the Vikings the previous day, Seattle and San Francisco were now tied for 2nd in the NFC West behind the 3-0 Arizona Cardinals. The Seahawks' defense accomplished a noteworthy achievement, sacking Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers 8 times, a career high; this was even more impressive because all eight sacks occurred in the first half of the game.

    The game's final play, dubbed the "Fail Mary" or the "Inaccurate Reception", is still viewed as the catalyst for the return of the NFL's customary officials due to the ineptitude of the replacement officials.

    Week 4: at St. Louis Rams

    With the loss, the Seahawks fell to 2–2. QB Russell Wilson also had his first career game with no passing touchdown.

    Week 5: at Carolina Panthers

    With the win, Seattle's first of three road wins during the regular season, the Seahawks improved to 3–2.

    Week 6: vs. New England Patriots

    With the win, the Seahawks improved to 4–2 and also with losses by the 49ers and Cardinals, the team now moves into a first place tie in the NFC West.

    Week 7: at San Francisco 49ers

    With the loss, the Seahawks fell to 4–3 moving into a 2nd-place tie with the Cardinals in the NFC West.

    Week 8: at Detroit Lions

    With the surprising loss, the Seahawks dropped to 4–4.

    Week 9: vs. Minnesota Vikings

    With the win, the Seahawks improved to 5–4.

    Week 10: vs. New York Jets

    Another win, and the Seahawks improve to 6–4.

    Week 12: at Miami Dolphins

    The Seahawks engaged in a back-and-forth affair as the game lead tied or changed six times in total. Russell Wilson touchdowns to Anthony McCoy and Golden Tate and a 98-yard Leon Washington kick return score were answered by rushing scores from Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas. With the Seahawks up 21–14 rookie Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill found Charles Clay from 29 yards out. Tied 21–21, the Seahawks had to punt with 1:39 to go, and Tannehill drove the Dolphins in range for the winning Dan Carpenter field goal.

    The game was interrupted briefly with 1:40 to go in the third quarter following a 19-yard Tannehill run; the sprinklers at Sun Life Stadium suddenly switched on, soaking the field for roughly one minute.

    Week 13: at Chicago Bears

    With their second road win, the Seahawks improve to 7–5.

    Week 14: vs. Arizona Cardinals

  • Biggest margin of victory in Seahawks franchise history
  • Biggest margin of defeat in Cardinals franchise history
  • Russell Wilson threw one touchdown pass before being pulled from the game
  • Matt Flynn gets his first playing time for Seattle
  • Eight turnovers committed by Arizona, including four interceptions
  • Wilson became the first rookie quarterback to start and win his first six games at home since the 1970 merger.
  • Week 15: at Buffalo Bills

    Bills Toronto Series

    With the third and last regular season road victory, Seattle goes to 9–5

    Week 16: vs. San Francisco 49ers

    The Seahawks win improved them to 10–5 and clinches at least a playoff spot. In order to win the NFC West, the Seahawks need to beat the St. Louis Rams at home next week along with the 49ers loss to the Arizona Cardinals to wrap up the NFC West. Also a Packers loss to the Vikings for Seattle to get a first Round Bye as well. However a loss or a 49ers win, the Seahawks will be the #5 seed heading on the road to play in the Wild Card Round in January.

    Week 17: vs. St. Louis Rams

    With the NFC West title still up for grabs the Seahawks finished their season at home against the Rams. Trying to avoid being swept by the team, they finished the season with a record of 11–5. 8–0 at home. However, with the Niners' win over the Cardinals the team would end up finishing in 2nd place with the NFC's #5 seed.

    Postseason

    Seattle entered the postseason as the #5 seed in the NFC.

    NFC Wild Card Playoff: at #4 Washington Redskins

    After Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III went down with a knee injury in the second half, Seattle outscored Washington 11-0 to win 24-14. Seattle would move on to take on the #1 seed Atlanta Falcons.

    NFC Divisional Playoff: at #1 Atlanta Falcons

    The Seahawks fell behind Atlanta by 20 points, trailing 20–0 at halftime and 27–7 with just over 17 minutes remaining in the game. Seattle scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take the lead 28–27 with 31 seconds left to play. But Matt Ryan quickly completed two long passes and Matt Bryant kicked a 49-yard field goal to give Atlanta the final margin of victory. Russell Wilson's Hail Mary pass on the final play was intercepted by Julio Jones in the end zone (Wilson's only interception in the game), ending Seattle's season.

    References

    2012 Seattle Seahawks season Wikipedia


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