The Seattle Seahawks’ 23-0 victory over the New York Giants in Week 15 was exciting for almost every fan in the Pacific Northwest, but it was downright profitable for 12 lucky ones.
According to Job Humbert of KOMO-TV, Jet Chevrolet in Federal Way, Washington paid out $35,000 to each of the 12 winners of its recent “Seattle shutout” promotion. The company lost a total of $420,000 thanks to the local football team's incredible defensive effort.
Jim Johnson—one of the dealership’s owners—disclosed that his company did not believe it would be paying out the prize money, as per ESPN’s Darren Rovell: "This is crazy. We never expected that we'd actually be giving away the money."
Johnson went on to reveal that Jet Chevrolet was fortunate and wise enough to take out a $7,000 insurance policy ahead of the contest, which open for participants to sign up for from Wednesday through Saturday.
At least 20 people had 100 tickets in the raffle because they purchased a car in the four-day span that the promotion was being run. There were also 12 participants that entered without purchasing a vehicle, but they only had a single ticket in the drawing.
Jet Chevrolet’s general manager, Mike Gates, hadn't heard from the promoter’s who helped his dealership run this contest as of Sunday night, but pledged to pay the money out.
Gates told Humbert: “I’m a man of my word.”
The Seahawks shutout may not be as big of a surprise as it was to Johnson and Gates to some observers. The team boasts the top defense in the entire NFL, giving up the least amount of points scored and total yards per game to the opposition.
While Seattle had yet to shut an opponent out this season, it had come close on a few occasions and pulled off the feat in Week 14 of the 2012 campaign against the Arizona Cardinals.
The winners are quite fortunate that the promotion was pushed back to Week 15 this year. Rovell found that the dealership originally wanted to run it ahead of the Seahawks’ Week 14 showdown with the San Francisco 49ers.
Seattle wound up losing that game, 19-17, before locking in and destroying the G-Men on Sunday, Dec. 15.
Perhaps the lucky winners will write a “thank you” letter to Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning, who threw five interceptions on the day. SportsGrid noted that each one of those Manning turnovers cost Jet Chevrolet $84,000:
The signal-caller wasn’t the only problem for Big Blue in the contest. The running game mustered a combined 25 yards on 14 carries, while star receiver Victor Cruz was knocked out after suffering concussion that may end his 2013 season.
Overall, it will go down as one of the most dominant defensive performances of the season for the Seahawks, but also one of the more dismal offensive showings for a dreary Giants squad. That perfect storm resulted in a shutout that allowed 12 fortunate Seahawks supporters to cash in big.