After laying waste to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, winning by a score of 43-8 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., the Seattle Seahawks will bring the party back to the "12th Man" in Seattle for what's sure to be a raucous victory parade.
From the opening kickoff until the final meaningless run up the middle by Denver in the waning moments, the Seahawks dominated the big game to bring the Lombardi Trophy to Seattle for the first time in the franchise's history.
It was a complete team win, with defense leading the way, as it did all year long for Pete Carroll's club.
After the huge victory, the head coach wasn't shy about letting everybody know he and his team would be partying it up in New York, as relayed by Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports:
Carroll also made it clear he's excited to bring the Lombardi Trophy home to the "12th Man" waiting to celebrate with its team, per Fox Sports Live:
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray issued this statement after the game, via Seattle.gov:
What a great day for the Seahawks and a great day for Seattle. This is the first NFL Championship for the team and a great achievement for the franchise. My congratulations go to the players, coaches and to the fans who all contributed to win this title. Now the city will prepare to celebrate in the way that only Seattle knows how.
Here's what you need to know about the victory parade for the Seahawks.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
Where: Seattle, Wash.
When: 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. local time)
Watch: KIRO Channel 7 in Seattle
Streaming: Live on the KIRO website
Pro Football Talk reported the date and start time for the celebration, which will occur on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m. local time (2 p.m. ET):
Tim Booth of the Associated Press provided more details, noting the parade is set to conclude approximately two-and-a-half hours later at CenturyLink Field:
The Seattle Times reports the parade will begin on Fourth Avenue south of Denny Way, continuing on Fourth until the stadium is reached. The newspaper also points out some tips for fans hoping to join in the festivities:
Fans are encouraged to carpool or travel to the parade route using transit, as parking will be very limited.
Team officials announced immediately after the Seahawks’ 43-8 rout of the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl that, because of safety concerns, there will be no access for fans hoping to greet the team at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The announcement did not indicate when the team will land.
There also will not be any area for fans to watch for the team along South 188th Street in SeaTac, or at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, the team’s practice facility in Renton, unlike when the Seahawks departed for the Super Bowl.
The team won’t travel along South 188th Street, the announcement said.
Not surprisingly, young Russell Wilson isn't satisfied with just one Super Bowl.
"I want more," he told Michael Irvin in his postgame interview via the Fox broadcast.
Seattle's roster is built to last, as well, so it's not out of the question that we could see Wilson and his 'Hawks make it back soon—if not next year.
Andrew Brandt of SI.com's MMQB elaborates:
The Seahawks have been scary good all season long, but here's the scariest part for the rest of the NFL—it's going to be like this for quite a while. They've figured out the formula for sustained success...with a powerful home-field advantage; a young, deep and talented roster; management and coaching driven to succeed; and one of the country’s richest men writing the checks, they are primed for short- and long-term achievement.
Wilson will be entering just his third year next season, and many of Seattle's key players are still relatively young—especially its defensive superstars.
With the savvy drafting of general manager John Schneider, the Seahawks are primed to continue enforcing their will on the rest of the league for years to come.
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that Seattle was considered a favorite—along with San Francisco and Denver—to win Super Bowl XLIX before destroying the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, as noted by Mike Wilkening of ProFootballTalk.com.
For now, however, we should just let the team revel in its incredible accomplishments from the 2013-14 season. As bright as the future appears, it's a proven fact that the NFL is a brutal mistress, and it doesn't take much for a Super Bowl-caliber team to finish the season at the bottom of the league.
If any team is built to avoid such a thing, though, it's the NFL champion Seahawks.
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