Seahawks’ 12th Man and the No.12 made several appearances at Super Bowl.
The Seattle Seahawks have always talked up the influence of their ’12th man’, the supporters, this season. However, their affinity with the number 12 took on spooky new levels following Super Bowl XLVIII.
Throughout the year, the 12th Man has become synonymous with the Seahawks, with the noise generated at CenturyLink Field registering as mini-earthquakes while opposing teams have struggled to make themselves heard in calling plays over the deafening home crowd.
Pete Carroll praised the travelling support who made it to the MetLife Stadium on Sunday to witness Seattle’s 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos, but there were sinister numbers coming out of the game.
The Seahawks took a 2-0 lead on a safety that occurred only 12 seconds into the game, the fastest score in Super Bowl history.
With exactly 12 minutes remaining in the first half, running back Marshawn Lynch scored on a 1-yard run making it 15-0.
Furthermore, Percy Harvin opened the second half with an 87-yard touchdown on a kickoff return, only 12 seconds into the quarter.
That isn’t where the 12 connection ended either, as it was Denver quarterback Peyton Manning’s 12th post-season loss, a new NFL record.
When informed of the statistical oddity, Seahawks coach Carroll smiled and replied, “That’s what I’m talking about!”.
Carroll attributed the first play, which resulted in a miscommunication and a forced safety by the Broncos, to the noise made inside the stadium and was delighted that his team were able to reward the supporters with the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Keen supporters on social media also pointed out a few more connections to 12, with the Seahawks scoring 43 points (4×3) while it was also Super Bowl 48 (4+8).
Perhaps it was just meant to be for Seattle and their fans….