Were you excited when the Seattle Seahawks flew to Super Bowl XL? In 2005, the Seahawks achieved their greatest success in the NFL by playing in the NFL title game. However, the Seahawks’ tradition spans three decades, until 1976. From their birth in the NFL world to fighting the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL, the Seahawks have had several memorable seasons:
1. First season of the NFL (1976)
The Seattle Seahawks didn’t fly smoothly during their first NFL season. Before playing his first game, Seahawks owner Lloyd W. Nordstrom died while on vacation in Mexico. The Seahawks then experienced a heartbreaking loss in their first game, falling 30-24, to other NFL birds: the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals had intercepted the Seahawks in the end zone on the last play of the game. In the end, the Seahawks would finish the season with a 2-12 record, defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons.
2. Steve Largent’s rookie season (1979)
In 1979, Steve Largent, the only Seahawks Hall of Famer to play his entire career in Seattle, played his rookie season. Ironically, the Seahawks selected Largent in the fourth round of the NFL draft. Largent would play outstandingly for the Seahawks, racking up 819 receptions (a Seahawks record) for more than 13,000 yards and 101 touchdowns in his career. The NFL selected him for seven Pro Bowls and drafted him to the All-Decade team of the 1980s. Largent’s jersey number (# 80) is the only one the Seahawks have retired.
3. First conference championship game (1983)
During the 1983-1984 season, the Seahawks posted a 6-6 record before returning to playoff contention. They finished the season strong, completing it with a respectable 9-7 record. In the playoffs, Seattle would drop the Broncos (31-7) and then beat the Dolphins 27-20. The Seahawks then faced the Los Angeles Raiders in the AFC Championship game. The Raiders took a dominant 20-0 lead at halftime and ultimately defeated the Seahawks, 30-14.
4. First appearance in the Super Bowl (2005)
The Seahawks played in their second NFL conference championship, as a member of the NFC. They flew high throughout the season, ending the regular season with a 13-3 record. The record was a franchise record. Seahawks Shaun Alexander (running back) won the NFL MVP of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year. In the playoffs, the Seahawks beat the Redskins (20-10) and later domesticated the Carolina Panthers (34-14).
In the Super Bowl, the Seahawks faced the Pittsburgh Steelers, a powerhouse during the 1970s. Seattle played closely with the Steelers in the first half, which ended with the Steelers holding a slim 7-3 lead. In the second half, the Steelers would score another two touchdowns, while the Seahawks scored just one. While the game featured multiple controversial decisions, the Steelers would ultimately win the game, 21-10.
Throughout their three decades in the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks’ greatest success has come recently. However, his goal remains to fly with the biggest catch in the NFL: a Super Bowl trophy. Use Seattle Seahawks merchandise to cheer on your favorite birds!