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2012 Seattle Seahawks season

2012 Seattle Seahawks season
Head coach Pete Carroll
General manager John Schneider
Owner Paul Allen
Home field CenturyLink Field
Record 11–5
Division place 2nd NFC West
Playoff finish Won Wild Card Playoffs (Redskins) 24–14
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Falcons) 30–28
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Previous season Next season
< 2011 2013

The 2012 Seattle Seahawks season was the franchise's 37th season in the National Football League and the third under head coach Pete Carroll. The Seahawks had a 3 QB competition with Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn, and Russell Wilson. When Tarvaris Jackson was traded to the Bills, it was reduced to a 2 QB competition with Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson. Russell Wilson won the job.

The Seahawks improved upon their record of 7–9 from last season and had their first winning season since 2007. The team was 4–0 during the pre-season, and during the regular season, their 11 victories was the third best in franchise history, and the Seahawks went undefeated at home for the third time in franchise history after 2003 and 2005. Additionally, with their victory over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in the Wild Card round, the Seahawks won their first road playoff game in almost 30 years. However, despite holding a lead with just 30 seconds left in regulation, the Seahawks lost to the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round by a score of 30–28.

New logo and uniform

On April 3, 2012, Nike unveiled the new design for the uniforms and logo for the Seahawks. The new designs incorporate a new accent color, "Wolf Grey", and the main colors are "College Navy" and "Action Green". The uniforms incorporate "feather trims", twelve feathers printed on the neckline and down each pant leg to represent the "12th Man", referring to the team's fans.[1]

2012 draft class

Round Selection Player Position College
1 15 Bruce Irvin DE West Virginia
2 47 Bobby Wagner LB Utah State
3 75 Russell Wilson QB Wisconsin
4 106 Robert Turbin RB Utah State
114 Jaye Howard DT Florida
5 154 Korey Toomer LB Idaho
6 172 Jeremy Lane CB Northwestern State
181 Winston Guy S Kentucky
7 225 J. R. Sweezy DE N.C. State
232 Greg Scruggs DE Louisville
^[a] The team traded its original first-round selection (#12 overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the Eagles' first- (#15 overall), fourth- (#114 overall) and sixth- (#172 overall) selections.
^[b] The team traded its original second-round selection (#43 overall) to the New York Jets in exchange for the Jets' second- (#47 overall), fifth- (#154 overall) and seventh- (#232 overall) round selections.
^[c] The team traded its original fifth-round selection (#147 overall) and a 2011 fourth-round selection to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for running back Marshawn Lynch.
^[d] The team traded its original seventh-round selection (#219 overall) to the Detroit Lions in exchange for tackle Tyler Polumbus.
^[e] The team acquired this seventh-round selection (#225 overall) as part of a trade that sent linebacker Aaron Curry to the Oakland Raiders.


Final roster



Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV
Final score Team record
1 August 11 7:00 p.m. PDT Tennessee Titans W 27–17 1–0 CenturyLink Field NFLN/KCPQ Recap
2 August 18 6:00 p.m. PDT at Denver Broncos W 30–10 2–0 Sports Authority Field at Mile High KCPQ Recap
3 August 24 5:00 p.m. PDT at Kansas City Chiefs W 44–14 3–0 Arrowhead Stadium KCPQ Recap
4 August 30 7:00 p.m. PDT Oakland Raiders W 21–3 4–0 CenturyLink Field KCPQ Recap

Regular season

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV
Final score Team record
1 September 9 1:25 p.m. PDT at Arizona Cardinals L 16–20 0–1 University of Phoenix Stadium Fox Recap
2 September 16 1:05 p.m. PDT Dallas Cowboys W 27–7 1–1 CenturyLink Field Fox Recap
3 September 24 5:30 p.m. PDT Green Bay Packers W 14–12 2–1 CenturyLink Field ESPN Recap
4 September 30 10:00 a.m. PDT at St. Louis Rams L 13–19 2–2 Edward Jones Dome Fox Recap
5 October 7 1:05 p.m. PDT at Carolina Panthers W 16–12 3–2 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
6 October 14 1:05 p.m. PDT New England Patriots W 24–23 4–2 CenturyLink Field CBS Recap
7 October 18 5:20 p.m. PDT at San Francisco 49ers L 6–13 4–3 Candlestick Park NFLN Recap
8 October 28 10:00 a.m. PDT at Detroit Lions L 24–28 4–4 Ford Field Fox Recap
9 November 4 1:05 p.m. PST Minnesota Vikings W 30–20 5–4 CenturyLink Field Fox Recap
10 November 11 1:05 p.m. PST New York Jets W 28–7 6–4 CenturyLink Field CBS Recap
11 Bye
12 November 25 10:00 a.m. PST at Miami Dolphins L 21–24 6–5 Sun Life Stadium Fox Recap
13 December 2 10:00 a.m. PST at Chicago Bears W 23–17 (OT) 7–5 Soldier Field Fox Recap
14 December 9 1:25 p.m. PST Arizona Cardinals W 58–0 8–5 CenturyLink Field Fox Recap
15 December 16 1:05 p.m. PST at Buffalo Bills W 50–17 9–5 Rogers Centre (Toronto) Fox Recap
16 December 23 5:20 p.m. PST[2] San Francisco 49ers W 42–13 10–5 CenturyLink Field NBC[2] Recap
17 December 30 1:25 p.m. PST St. Louis Rams W 20–13 11–5 CenturyLink Field Fox Recap
Bold indicates division opponents.
^[a] Simulcast locally on KONG-TV.
 #  Indicates that the Seahawks were the visiting team in the Bills Toronto Series.


Playoff round Date Kickoff Opponent (seed) Results Game site TV
Final score Team record
Wild Card January 6, 2013 1:30 p.m. PST at Washington Redskins (4) W 24–14 1–0 FedEx Field Fox Recap
Divisional January 13, 2013 10:00 a.m. PST at Atlanta Falcons (1) L 28–30 1–1 Georgia Dome Fox Recap

Game summaries

Regular season

Week 1: at Arizona Cardinals

With the loss, the Seahawks started their season 0–1.

Week 2: vs. Dallas Cowboys

After facing the Cardinals on the road, the Seahawks returned home for a home game against the Cowboys. The game went very well for the Seahawks as the team improved to 1–1. This is also the first win for rookie QB Russell Wilson.

Week 3: vs. Green Bay Packers

Greg Scruggs and Bruce Irvin during the Green Bay game

The game had a controversial ending when Seattle's quarterback Russell Wilson threw a hail-mary pass on the final play of the game to the endzone. The ball appeared to have been caught by Green Bay, with one official signaling an interception, however another official signaled a touchdown for Seattle. The play was reviewed and awarded as a touchdown to Seattle. The call by the official, who were replacement officials with no NFL experience, was met with outrage by players around the NFL and with fans around the country, with most believing the ball was in fact intercepted by Green Bay, which would have won the game for them. There was also an offensive pass interference call on the play committed by Seattle's Golden Tate that was missed by the officials that would also have won the game for Green Bay. The NFL released an official statement the next day that, while acknowledging that pass interference should have been called on Tate, supported the decision to uphold the play as simultaneous possession.[4]

With the win, the Seahawks improved to 2–1. With the 49ers' loss to the Vikings on Sunday, the teams are now tied for 2nd in the NFC West. The Seahawks' defense recorded a very good note: sacking QB Aaron Rodgers 8 times, all coming in the first half of the game.


Week 4: at St. Louis Rams

With the loss, the Seahawks fell to 2–2. QB Russell Wilson also had his first career game with no passing touchdown.

Week 5: at Carolina Panthers

With the win, the Seahawks improved to 3–2. Also the first of four road games the Seahawks won.

Week 6: vs. New England Patriots

With the win, the Seahawks improved to 4–2 and also with losses by the 49ers and Cardinals, the team now moves into a first place tie in the NFC West.

Week 7: at San Francisco 49ers

With the loss, the Seahawks fell to 4–3 moving into a 2nd-place tie with the Cardinals in the NFC West.

Week 8: at Detroit Lions

With the surprising loss, the Seahawks dropped to 4–4.

Week 9: vs. Minnesota Vikings

With the win, the Seahawks improved to 5–4.

Week 10: vs. New York Jets

Another win, and the Seahawks improve to 6–4.

Week 12: at Miami Dolphins

The Seahawks engaged in a back-and-forth affair as the game lead tied or changed six times in total. Russell Wilson touchdowns to Anthony McCoy and Golden Tate and a 98-yard Leon Washington kick return score were answered by rushing scores from Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas. With the Seahawks up 21–14 rookie Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill found Charles Clay from 29 yards out. Tied 21–21, the Seahawks had to punt with 1:39 to go, and Tannehill drove the Dolphins in range for the winning Dan Carpenter field goal.

The game was interrupted briefly with 1:40 to go in the third; following a 19-yard Tannehill run the sprinklers at Sun Life Stadium suddenly switched on, soaking the field for roughly one minute.

Week 13: at Chicago Bears

With their second road win, the Seahawks improve to 7–5.

Week 14: vs. Arizona Cardinals

  • Biggest margin of victory in Seahawks franchise history
  • Biggest margin of defeat in Cardinals franchise history
  • Russell Wilson threw one touchdown pass before being pulled from the game
  • Matt Flynn gets his first playing time for Seattle
  • Eight turnovers committed by Arizona, including four interceptions
  • Wilson became the first rookie quarterback to start and win his first six games at home since the 1970 merger.

Week 15: at Buffalo Bills

Bills Toronto Series

With the third and last regular season road victory, Seattle goes to 9–5

Week 16: vs. San Francisco 49ers

The Seahawks win improved them to 10–5 and clinches at least a playoff spot. In order to win the NFC West The Seahawks need to beat the St. Louis Rams at home next week along with the 49ers loss to the Arizona Cardinals to wrap up the NFC West. Also a Packers loss to the Vikings for Seattle to get a first Round Bye as well. However a loss or a 49ers win, the Seahawks will be the #5 seed heading on the road to play in the Wild Card Round in January.

Week 17: vs. St. Louis Rams

With the NFC West title still up for grabs the Seahawks finished their season at home against the Rams. Trying to avoid being swept by the team, they finished the season with a record of 11–5. 8–0 at home. However, with the Niners' win over the Cardinals the team would end up finishing in 2nd place with the NFC's #5 seed.


NFC Wild Card Playoffs: at #4 Washington Redskins

After quarterback Robert Griffin III (Redskins) went down in the second half, Seattle outscored Washington 10-0 to win 24-14. Seattle will move on to take on the #1 Atlanta Falcons.

NFC Divisional Playoff Game: at #1 Atlanta Falcons

The Seahawks fell behind Atlanta by 20 points, trailing 20–0 at halftime and 27–7 with just over 17 minutes remaining in the game. Seattle scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take the lead 28–27 with 31 seconds left to play. But Matt Ryan quickly completed two long passes and Matt Bryant kicked a 49-yard field goal to give Atlanta the final margin of victory. Russell Wilson's Hail Mary pass on the final play was intercepted by Julio Jones in the end zone (Wilson's only interception in the game), ending Seattle's season.[9]


NFC West
(2) San Francisco 49ers 11 4 1 .719 3–2–1 7–4–1 397 273 W1
(5) Seattle Seahawks 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 412 245 W5
St. Louis Rams 7 8 1 .469 4–1–1 6–5–1 299 348 L1
Arizona Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3-9 250 357 L2


  1. ^ Eaton, Nick (April 2, 2012). "Here’s the new Seahawks logo, uniform and helmet – officially". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 
  2. ^ a b c d Farnsworth, Clare (2012-12-10). "Seahawks-49ers flexed into primetime". Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  3. ^ Week 3 recap
  4. ^ Official statement
  5. ^ video
  6. ^ news article
  7. ^ [1] Retrieved on January 2, 2013.
  8. ^ divisional playoff recap
  9. ^ Newberry, Paul (2013-01-13). "Bryant's late FG lifts Falcons over Seattle 30–28".  

External links

  • Official website
  • 2012 Seattle Seahawks season at ESPN
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