Seattle's 12th Man Helped the Seahawks Set a New Record and More NFC West News

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Seattle's 12th Man Helped the Seahawks Set a New Record and More NFC West News
Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

For those of you who don't believe in the 12th man or label it as a myth that has no impact on the opposition, shame on you.

According to the Seattle Seahawks Twitter account, opposing offenses have amassed 121 false starts at CenturyLink Field since 2005.

That number is easily tops in the NFL over the last eight years. On Sunday Night Football this past season, Michele Tafoya ran a test on camera to see just how loud CenturyLink was from a players' perspective. If you haven't seen the video, it can be found here on the Seattle Seahawks website.

The countless false start and delay of game penalties should be enough evidence to sway those who don't think the noise favors the Seahawks at home, but if that's not enough, just go back to the Fox Sports telecast in 2005 when they measured the decibel level at 112.

A 112 decibel level is equivalent to someone using sandblasting equipment without ear protection—or a really, really loud rock concert. Imagine trying to call or switch a play with that high level of noise around you.

Teams average 2.36 false starts a game when playing in Seattle. There's no question the 12th man leads the way for the Seahawks. In fact, it's quite possible they wouldn't have had an undefeated home record in 2012 without their help.

 

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