Were you ecstatic when the Seattle Seahawks flew into Super Bowl XL? In 2005, the Seahawks achieved their greatest success in the NFL by playing in the NFL title game. However, the Seahawks’ tradition spans three decades, all the way back to 1976. From their birth into the world of the NFL to battling the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL, the Seahawks have had several memorable seasons:
1. First NFL season (1976)
The Seattle Seahawks did not fly well in their first season in the NFL. Before playing his first game, Seahawks owner Lloyd W. Nordstrom died while on vacation in Mexico. The Seahawks then experienced a heartbreaking loss in their first game, falling 30-24, to another NFL bird: the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals had intercepted the Seahawks in the end zone on the final play of the game. Ultimately, the Seahawks would finish the season with a 2-12 record, defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons.
2. Steve Largent’s Rookie Season (1979)
In 1979, Steve Largent, the only Seahawks Hall of Famer to play his entire career in Seattle, played his rookie season. Ironically, the Seahawks selected Largent in the fourth round of the NFL draft. Largent would go on to play outstandingly for the Seahawks, amassing 819 receptions (a Seahawks record) for over 13,000 yards and 101 career touchdowns. The NFL selected him to seven Pro Bowls and chose him for the All-Decade team of the 1980s. Largent’s jersey number (#80) is the only one the Seahawks have retired.
3. First conference championship game (1983)
During the 1983-1984 season, the Seahawks posted a 6-6 record, before falling back into playoff contention. They finished the season strong, completing it with a respectable 9-7 record. In the playoffs, Seattle would demolish the Broncos (31-7) and then beat the Dolphins 27-20. The Seahawks then faced the Los Angeles Raiders in the AFC Championship game. The Raiders took a 20-0 halftime lead and ultimately defeated the Seahawks, 30-14.
4. First appearance in the Super Bowl (2005)
The Seahawks played in their second NFL conference championship, as a member of the NFC. They flew high throughout the season, finishing the regular season with a 13-3 record. The record was a franchise record. Seahawks Shaun Alexander (Running Back) won NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year awards. In the playoffs, the Seahawks beat the Redskins (20-10) and then tamed the Carolina Panthers (34-14).
In the Super Bowl, the Seahawks faced the Pittsburgh Steelers, a powerhouse during the 1970s. Seattle played closely against the Steelers in the first half, which ended with the Steelers holding a slim 7-3 lead. In the second half, the Steelers scored another two touchdowns, while the Seahawks scored just one. While the game included multiple controversial calls, the Steelers would ultimately win the game, 21-10.
Throughout their three decades in the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks’ greatest success has come recently. However, his goal remains to fly away with the biggest catch in the NFL: a Super Bowl trophy. Wear Seattle Seahawks merchandise to cheer on your favorite birds!