The Seattle Seahawks always talk about the power of 12. Obviously our 12th man is a big factor in the Seahawks football games. In fact the Seahawks first jersey retired was the number 12 in honor of the fans, retired on December 15, 1984.
How quirky does it get? Let’s find out.
The Seahawks 12th Man
The cheering of the 12th man has gotten so loud it has been known to register as minor earthquakes.
Not to mention we broke the world record of noise. With 12 minutes, 29 seconds to play on December 12, 2013 (a.k.a. 12-12-13) against the New Orelans Saints: 137.6 decibels (via Guiness World Records Website)
The number 12 reigned supreme at the Super Bowl. Informed of the statistical oddities of the number 12 in the Super Bowl, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll smiled and replied, “That’s what I’m talking about!”
So let’s see how 12 was present at the “Super Bowl For 12s”! 12th man: sit back and enjoy!
THE WARNING: Some of you may read this and think it’s a bit of a reach … but then again so are superstitious sports fans. Sit back..you’ll enjoy this
THE RESEARCH: I did not come up with all of these myself. They have been collected from around the internet, listening to radio shows, re-watching the Super Bowl, looking at the stat book, etc. In other words, it was a combined effort of the 12th man!
A Super Bowl For The 12s
The obvious ones to get us started:
Super Bowl 48. 48 = 4+8 = 12.
A Super Bowl is 4 quarters, and 48/4 = 12.
But here’s another one even better: How many 12′s are in 48? There are four 12s in 48. Four 12s. Or… For 12s
Super Bowl 48 = Super Bowl Four 12s = Super Bowl For 12s!!
And don’t you worry, we’re just getting started!!
In The Beginning, It Was Fate …
Ending the season, the Seahawks scored 417 points total (4+1+7 = 12) while giving up 231 points (2+3+1 = 6). 12 is twice as many as 6. In other words: not only are the Seahawks a 12, but they were twice as good as their opponents this year!
Russell Wilson has a listed weight of 206 pounds (2×6 = 12), finished the season with a total of 26 total touchdowns (2×6 = 12 again), and finished the season with a passer rating of 101.2….WHAT??! Yeah…that’s what!
(check it out here: http://www.nfl.com/player/russellwilson/2532975/gamelogs)
Previous to the Super Bowl, the last time the Seahawks played a Manning at Metlife Stadium, it was against Eli Manning and the New York Giants on December 15th, 2013 (week 15). The Hawks not only shut out the Giants 23-0, Russell Wilson passed for 206 yards. (hmmmmmmmm)
And It Starts…
The Nail In The Coffin..
The Honorary 12
However: the timekeeper let two seconds run off even after Kearse was in the endzone. So the official time was 12minutes 2seconds in to the 3rd quarter or at the 2:58 mark.
BREAKING NEWS: We have just found out from a close source that the timekeeper was so excited about Kearse scoring he accidentally let 2 seconds run off and he apologizes profusely to the 12s for this 2 second lapse.
In other words:… it’s a 12.
In The End, It Was Destiny…
Peyton Manning’s 12th playoff loss, and now 1-2 in the super bowl (no disrespect to a classy athlete who, at age 37, has come back from multiple neck surgeries to SET NFL RECORDS! That is seriously awesome and no one can take that way. It’s just that at this Super Bowl XLVIII, the 12 was fated to win this Super Bowl For 12s)
Broncos have now lost in a NFL record 5 Super Bowls:
January 15, 1978: 27-10 against Dallas Cowboys
January 25, 1987: 39-20 against NY Giants
January 31, 1988: 42-10 against Redskins
January 28, 1990: 55-10 against 49ers
February 2, 2014: 43-8 against Seahawks
Setting their losing total scores at: 206-58
Speaking of which, Seahawks vs Giants in week 15 final score: 23-0. Seahawks vs Broncos in the Super Bowl final score: 43-8. In total, the Seahawks vs the Manning brothers in Metlife Stadium this year: 66-8 (and of course 6+6 = 12)