Reflecting on the 7 Defining Moments of Seattle Seahawks' 2013 Regular Season

Keith MyersContributor IDecember 31, 2013

Reflecting on the 7 Defining Moments of Seattle Seahawks' 2013 Regular Season

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    The Seattle Seahawks ended their 2013 regular season last Sunday in triumphant fashion. It was a season full of ups and downs, though certainly more ups than downs. The Seahawks won the NFC West and finished the year with the best record in the NFC.

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    The team's week off provides a nice opportunity to look back and examine the moments that defined the Seahawks this year. Here are seven defining moments of Seattle's 2013 regular season.

Taking over the NFC West

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    What Happened

    The Seahawks hosted the defending division champion San Francisco 49ers in Week 2 and sent them home with a 29-3 defeat. The Seahawks dominated in all three phases of the game and left no doubt which was the better team that day.

     

    Why It Was Important

    The win was an announcement by the Seahawks that they were now the team to beat in the NFC West and that San Francisco's two-year reign on top of the division was over. The Seahawks never relinquished the lead in the division that was gained in that game.

The Pick-Six

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    What Happened

    The Seahawks didn't play well in their Week 4 game against the Houston Texans. They were missing both starting offensive tackles and their starting center. Houston defensive end J.J. Watt dominated Seattle's makeshift offensive line, making for a long day for the offense.

    The Seahawks were outplayed by the Texans for most of the afternoon and appeared to be heading for their first loss of the season. Down 20-6 in the fourth quarter, Seattle's offense finally showed some signs of life, putting together a 98-yard touchdown drive to get within one score.

    Seattle's defense got the ball back for the Seahawks, but a Russell Wilson interception squandered the opportunity. The Texans picked up one first down and needed just a couple more to ice the game. 

    On 3rd-and-4, Houston tried to catch the Seahawks overcommitting to stop the run and called play action. The Seahawks didn't bite and pressure caused Houston quarterback Matt Schaub to throw the ball right to Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman.

    Sherman took the ball all the way in for a touchdown, helping to tie the game. The Seahawks eventually won it in overtime. 

     

    Why It Was Important

    This was the game that proved the Seahawks could win even if they didn't play well. Few things went right for the Seahawks, but they made the plays that had to be made to come away with the victory. 

The St. Louis Disaster

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    What Happened

    A 6-1 Seahawks team went into St. Louis and barely escaped with a 14-9 victory. The Rams held the Seahawks to just seven offensive first downs and 135 yards of offense. Seattle's defense struggled to stop the run, surrendering 200 rushing yards.

    The Seahawks were able to win due to a couple of red-zone stands and two key interceptions by the defense, but overall, it was a very rough game for Seattle.  

     

    Why It Was Important

    Although Seattle was able to pull out the victory, the Rams exposed weaknesses in the Seahawks that opposing teams would work to exploit over the next few games. St. Louis provided teams a blueprint on how to have success against the Seahawks.

The Comeback

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    What Happened

    The 0-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers came into Seattle and ran up a 21-0 lead on the 7-1 Seahawks. Seattle's defense gave up 205 yards on the ground to a Tampa Bay team that was without its starting running back. The Seahawks simply had no answer for the Buccaneers' ground attack. 

    The Seahawks were stunned, and it took everything they had to battle back to pull out an overtime win.

     

    Why It Was Important

    This game was the wake-up call that the Seahawks needed. The team seemed to be taking winning for granted against lesser teams, and it didn't bring its best effort against the Buccaneers. 

    The mistakes made in the Tampa Bay game re-energized and refocused Seattle's defense, setting it up for a run of dominant play that hasn't ended.

The World Record

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    What Happened

    The fans of the Seahawks broke the world record for crowd noise...twice. The 12th Man originally broke the record in the Week 2 game against the San Francisco 49ers, only to have the fans of the Kansas City Chiefs break it a few weeks later. 

    Representatives from Guinness were back on hand for Seattle's Monday Night Football game against the New Orleans Saints, and the 12th Man reclaimed its record. The official measurement was an astounding 137.6 decibels

     

    Why It Was Important

    It's not, but it is a really fun story. The fans in Seattle have always had a reputation for being extremely loud, and now they have the title of being the loudest fans in the world.

The Shutout

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    What Happened

    The Seahawks went into New York and embarrassed the Giants 23-0. It was an absolutely dominant performance by Seattle's defense, including intercepting five passes from Giants quarterback Eli Manning. 

     

    Why It Was Important

    Aside from the victory getting the Seahawks one win closer to clinching the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, that the game ended in a shutout didn't have much significance.

    It sure was fun, and it demonstrated just how dominant the Seattle defense can be. Shutouts are rare in the NFL, so being able to hold any opponent scoreless is a huge accomplishment.

Clinching Home-Field Advantage

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    What Happened

    The Seahawks knocked off the Rams 27-9 in the regular-season finale. In doing so, they clinched the NFC West title and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. 

     

    Why It Was Important

    The Seahawks were the best team in the NFC, and they deserve to be playing playoff games at home in front of their fans.

    On top of that, the Seahawks have the best home-field advantage in the NFL. Their fans hold the world record for crowd noise, and the team has gone 15-1 at home over the last two seasons. 

    Not having to play on the road will be a big lift to Seattle's Super Bowl aspirations.