Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 1/1/13
Seahawks defeat Rams 20-13 What a regular season finale. I couldn’t decide where to start on this piece, so I took a page out of the Seahawks books.  They thanked the 12th man for the support and passion we bring to CenturyLink Field at the game on Sunday. I want to thank the 2012 Seattle Seahawks for August 8 and all the other days filled with blood, sweat and tears to get us to this point.  I believe it was Bill Parcells who said, “You get paid for practice, the games you play for free.”   We may only get to see the games, but it is just the tip of a very difficult iceberg. The preparation and hard work that we don’t see is where the games are won and lost. When I go back and look at tape from the first few weeks of the season, then look at the team today, I am completely amazed at how far they have come.  It is beyond impressive to see that just about every person on the team has improved to such a degree. Pete Carroll deserves to be the Coach of the Year, not just for him but his entire staff. The Game The officiating in the game was lousy.  I’m not saying it was lopsided, I’m saying it was a terribly officiated game all the way around. The refs were calling ticky tack penalties all game, and then when players were getting chippy they didn’t do enough.  At one point in the game I felt like the officials were about to lose control, and that had me concerned. Pete Carroll deserves to be coach of the year! The Rams didn’t have to worry about getting a player injured for the following week, but for the Seahawks it was a real concern. The way they won The way Seattle won is almost as important as the fact that Seattle won.  As Pete Carroll mentioned in his post game press conference, the team hadn’t been forced to dig deep and pull out a victory recently. In the post season the Seahawks will find themselves in a similar situation and will be able to fall back on the recent experience. On the other hand, it is always nice to go into the playoffs riding a winning streak, as opposed to coming off of a loss. It is a young team, a lot of them have never been in this situation, so the Seahawks can use all the help they can get. Records The Seahawks fell just short of a couple records this year.  At the end of the day I would argue that they are the best team in Seahawks history.  Consistency is lacking, but I do believe the 2012 Seahawks could beat the 2005 Seahawks if both teams played their best game, and I have three reasons why: Russell Wilson is a super star, I love Matt Hasselbeck but he did not have the star power of the rookie. Richard Sherman is arguably the best cornerback in all of football.  In my opinion the best corner the Seahawks have ever had. Marshawn Lynch is a way better running back than Shaun Alexander ever was.  Shaun may have had better numbers, but that was because his offensive line & Mack Strong created huge running lanes for him. The 2012 Seattle Seahawks did manage to set, or at least tie, a few records this season. Steve Largent Award winner Russell Wilson set the Seahawks single season passer rating record at 100.0 beating out Matt Hasselbeck’s record of 98.2 set in 2005 Russell Wilson tied Peyton Manning’s NFL rookie record of 26 touchdown passes Bobby Wagner set a new record for tackles by a rookie with 140 this season.  The previous record was set by Terry Beeson (136) who holds the team record with 153 tackles. Seahawks defense allowed the fewest points (245) in team history and led the NFL by almost 2 points per game. Final thoughts It was a great season but now it is time to focus on the playoffs, and the Washington Redskins.  I could see this team making a serious playoff run if they can play like they are capable of playing. I don’t think there is a team that can beat them on their best day. Remember, Pete doesn’t ask his players to play outside themselves, he just wants them to play to their ability.  If they do that the season will end on February 2, 2013, in New Orleans. On a sad note, I found out we lost a 12th man shortly after the Packers game.  Charlie was a season ticket holder, a Seahawks fan, a father, a husband and a friend. One of those people you feel lucky to have known. Rest In Peace my friend! For Charlie, Go Seahawks!!!!! CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS BLOG PAGE IN OUR CLUBHOUSE SECTION AT NWSB!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Thabo Sefolosha not guilty of nightclub incident charges

Tony Parker hopes to play 20 seasons with San Antonio Spurs

Pagano 'supremely confident' about chances vs. Pats

Nick Saban to Alabama fans: 'Don't have an arrogant attitude'

Kobe on 93rd ranking: ‘Don’t ask me about silly stuff like that’

Boomer Esiason: 49ers have ‘ruined’ Colin Kaepernick


Adrian Beltre ruled out for Game 2 of ALDS with back injury

Parise’s hat trick sparks comeback win in Wild’s opener

Report: Bill O’Brien won’t commit to Texans starting QB

Steve Sarkisian takes blame for USC loss to Washington

Dion Lewis signed extension to repay Patriots for giving him chance

Report: South Carolina to start Perry Orth at QB vs. LSU

Keegan-Michael Key dressed up as PSU's James Franklin

Colts fans planning to taunt Tom Brady with a blimp

‘Macarena’ used at practice to ready Rams defense for Rodgers

On fandom, leverage and emotional barometers

H.S. QB ‘inappropriately’ touched center, suspended

Harbaugh had troubled UM center move in with grandma

T.Y. Hilton trolled Texans fans with bye-bye wave

Chip Kelly-to-USC hype train has left the station

Blue Jays surprise nine-year-old fan who lost father to cancer

Kershaw-deGrom to rival Arrieta-Cole matchup

Green Bay's deceivingly stingy defense

Name every QB to play in the NFL at the age of 40

Matt Hasselbeck was ‘on his death bed’ before Texans game

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

‘Macarena’ used at practice to ready Rams defense for Rodgers

Harbaugh had troubled UM center move in with grandma

Blue Jays surprise nine-year-old fan who lost father to cancer

Name every QB to play in the NFL at the age of 40

Week 5 NFL power rankings

Vin Scully to miss the entire postseason

Putin celebrates birthday by scoring seven goals in hockey game

"Friday Night Lights" writer calls Chip Kelly a fraud

Women in sports this week: Is this 2015 or 1965?

Three reasons each AL team can win the pennant

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker