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2014 Seattle Seahawks season

2014 Seattle Seahawks season
Head coach Pete Carroll
General manager John Schneider
Owner Paul Allen
Home field CenturyLink Field
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 1st NFC West
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Panthers) 31–17
Won NFC Championship (Packers) 28–22 (OT)
Lost Super Bowl XLIX (Patriots) 24–28
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
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The 2014 Seattle Seahawks season was the franchise's 39th season in the National Football League and the fifth under head coach Pete Carroll. The Seahawks started the season as the defending Super Bowl champions for the first time in franchise history.

The season began with a 36–16 victory over the Green Bay Packers in their first meeting since the controversial Fail Mary Game. After struggling to a 3–3 record, which included a rare home loss to the Dallas Cowboys, they went on a 9–1 run to finish the season, which included a sweep of their division rivals, the Arizona Cardinals, who battled with them the whole season. They repeated as NFC West champions and finished in a three-way tie with the Packers and Cowboys for the NFC's best record, but earned the No. 1 seed based on tiebreakers, securing home-field advantage for the second consecutive season. This was the first time that a defending Super Bowl champion retained the No. 1 seed in the next season since the 1990 San Francisco 49ers. They were also the first team overall to repeat as the #1 seed in the NFC since the 2004 Philadelphia Eagles; and the first NFL team to do so since the 2013 Denver Broncos.

The Seahawks opened the playoffs with a win over the Carolina Panthers in the Divisional round, becoming the first defending champion since the 2005 Patriots to win a playoff game the following season. In one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history, the Seahawks advanced to Super Bowl XLIX by defeating the Green Bay Packers 28-22 in overtime after trailing 16-0 at halftime and 19-7 with less than three minutes left in regulation. In doing so, they became the first team since the 2004 New England Patriots to repeat as conference champions, the first NFC team since the 1997 Green Bay Packers to repeat as NFC Champions, the first team to go to consecutive Super Bowls as the #1 seed in the playoffs since the 1990-1991 Buffalo Bills, and the first NFC team to go to consecutive Super Bowls as the #1 seed in the playoffs since the 1982-1983 Washington Redskins. In Super Bowl XLIX, the Seahawks were defeated by the Patriots 28–24, thereby being dethroned as World Champions [1] and failing to become the first repeat champion since the 2004 New England Patriots

Roster changes

Free agents

Position Player Tag 2014 Team Notes
CB Brandon Browner UFA New England Patriots Signed 3 year/$16.8 million deal
WR Arceto Clark UFA Seattle Seahawks Signed 2 year/$930 thousand deal
TE Kellen Davis UFA Detroit Lions Signed 1 year/$730 thousand deal
OL Breno Giacomini UFA New York Jets Signed 4 year/$18 million deal
K Steven Hauschka UFA Seattle Seahawks Signed 3 year/$12.15 million deal
QB Tarvaris Jackson UFA Seattle Seahawks Signed 1 year/$1.25 million deal
S Chris Maragos UFA Philadelphia Eagles Signed 3 year/$4 million deal
DL Clinton McDonald UFA Tampa Bay Buccaneers Signed 4 year/$12 million deal
OL Paul McQuistan UFA Cleveland Browns Signed 2 year/$3 million deal
WR Sidney Rice UFA Retired
FB Michael Robinson NONE Retired
O'Brien Schofield UFA Signed 1 year/$730 thousand deal
WR Golden Tate UFA Detroit Lions Signed 5 year/$31 million deal
CB Walter Thurmond UFA New York Giants Signed 1 year/$3 million deal
WR Bryan Walters UFA Seattle Seahawks Signed 1 year/$570 thousand deal

Draft

2014 Seattle Seahawks draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 45 Paul Richardson  WR Colorado Pick from DET
2 64 Justin Britt  OT Missouri
4 108 Cassius Marsh  DE UCLA Pick from MIN
4 123 Kevin Norwood  WR Alabama Pick from CIN
4 132 Kevin Pierre-Louis  OLB Boston College
5 172 Jimmy Staten  DT Middle Tennessee St
6 199 Garrett Scott  OT Marshall Pick from CIN
6 208 Eric Pinkins  S San Diego St
7 227 Kiero Small  FB Arkansas Pick from DET
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career
Notes
^[a] The Seahawks traded their first-round selection (No. 32 overall) to Minnesota in exchange for their second- and fourth-round selection (Nos. 40 and 108 overall).
^[a] The Seahawks traded the second-round selection (No. 40 overall) that they received from Minnesota, and their fifth-round selection (No. 146 overall) to Detroit in exchange for their second-, fourth-, and seventh-round selection (Nos. 45, 111, and 227 overall).
^[c] The Seahawks traded their third-round selection (No. 96 overall), along with their 2013 first- and seventh-round selections to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for wide receiver Percy Harvin.
^[d] The Seahawks traded the fourth-round selection (No. 111 overall) that they received from Detroit, to Cincinnati in exchange for their fourth- and sixth-round selection (Nos. 123 and 199 overall).
^[e] The Seahawks acquired an additional fifth-round selection (No. 146 overall) in a trade that sent quarterback Matt Flynn to the Oakland Raiders.
^[f] The Seahawks traded their seventh-round selection (No. 247 overall) to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Undrafted free agents

Position Player College
S Dion Bailey USC
LB Brock Coyle Montana
TE Chase Dixon UCA
OT Garry Gilliam Penn State
OG Bronson Irwin Oklahoma
DE Jackson Jeffcoat Texas
CB Jimmy Legree South Carolina
DT Andru Pulu EWU

Staff

Final roster

Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site Attendance NFL.com
recap
1 August 7 at Denver Broncos L 16–21 0–1 Sports Authority Field at Mile High 75,593 Recap
2 August 15 San Diego Chargers W 41–14 1–1 CenturyLink Field 67,615 Recap
3 August 22 Chicago Bears W 34–6 2–1 CenturyLink Field 67,608 Recap
4 August 28 at Oakland Raiders L 31–41 2–2 O.co Coliseum 50,831 Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site Attendance NFL.com
recap
1 September 4 Green Bay Packers W 36–16 1–0 CenturyLink Field 68,424 Recap
2 September 14 at San Diego Chargers L 21–30 1–1 Qualcomm Stadium 67,916 Recap
3 September 21 Denver Broncos W 26–20 (OT) 2–1 CenturyLink Field 68,447 Recap
4 Bye
5 October 6 at Washington Redskins W 27–17 3–1 FedEx Field 79,522 Recap
6 October 12 Dallas Cowboys L 23–30 3–2 CenturyLink Field 68,432 Recap
7 October 19 at St. Louis Rams L 26–28 3–3 Edward Jones Dome 57,855 Recap
8 October 26 at Carolina Panthers W 13–9 4–3 Bank of America Stadium 74,042 Recap
9 November 2 Oakland Raiders W 30–24 5–3 CenturyLink Field 68,337 Recap
10 November 9 New York Giants W 38–17 6–3 CenturyLink Field 68,352 Recap
11 November 16 at Kansas City Chiefs L 20–24 6–4 Arrowhead Stadium 76,463 Recap
12 November 23 Arizona Cardinals W 19–3 7–4 CenturyLink Field 68,327 Recap
13 November 27 at San Francisco 49ers W 19–3 8–4 Levi's Stadium 70,799 Recap
14 December 7 at Philadelphia Eagles W 24–14 9–4 Lincoln Financial Field 69,596 Recap
15 December 14 San Francisco 49ers W 17–7 10–4 CenturyLink Field 68,526 Recap
16 December 21 at Arizona Cardinals W 35–6 11–4 University of Phoenix Stadium 63,806 Recap
17 December 28 St. Louis Rams W 20–6 12–4 CenturyLink Field 68,453 Recap
Bold indicates division opponents.
Source: 2014 NFL season results [2]

Postseason

Playoff round Date Opponent Result Record Game site Attendance NFL.com
recap
Wild Card First-round bye
Divisional January 10 Carolina Panthers (4) W 31–17 1–0 CenturyLink Field 68,524 Recap
NFC Championship January 18 Green Bay Packers (2) W 28–22 (OT) 2–0 CenturyLink Field 68,538 Recap
Super Bowl XLIX February 1 vs. New England Patriots (A1) L 24–28 2–1 University of Phoenix Stadium 70,288 Recap

Standings

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Seattle Seahawks 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 394 254 W6
(5) Arizona Cardinals 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 310 299 L2
San Francisco 49ers 8 8 0 .500 2–4 7–5 306 340 W1
St. Louis Rams 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 324 354 L3

Game summaries

Preseason

Week P1: at Denver Broncos

Week P2: vs. San Diego Chargers

Week P3: vs. Chicago Bears

Week P4: at Oakland Raiders

Regular Season

Week 1: vs. Green Bay Packers

NFL Kickoff game

The Seahawks started their 2014 season at home against the Packers, the first meeting since the controversial 'Fail Mary' game in 2012. With the win, they became the first defending Super Bowl champion team since 2011 (also Packers) to win their regular season opening game for a 1-0 start.

This is the first game in NFL history to end in a score of 36-16. In all five years that Pete Carroll was head coach of the Seahawks, so far, he has had at least one game end in a score never before achieved. [3]

Week 2: at San Diego Chargers

This would be their largest margin of defeat since their 13-23 loss to the Cowboys in 2011.

Week 3: vs. Denver Broncos

This would be the first Super Bowl rematch (Super Bowl opponents in the previous year who face each other again in the current year) since 1997.[4] Although the Broncos would rally in the 4th quarter to send the game into overtime, the Seahawks scored a touchdown in overtime to win. They entered their bye week at 2–1.

Week 5: at Washington Redskins

Percy Harvin had three touchdowns in this game negated by penalties. This was his penultimate game with the Seahawks. [5]

Week 6: vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys defeated the Seahawks 30-23. The Seahawks suffered only their second home loss since Russell Wilson became the starting quarterback at the start of the 2012 season (the other loss was to the Cardinals in Week 16 of the 2013 season). Wilson struggled mightily, going 14/28 for only 126 yards with 1 rushing touchdown, 0 touchdown passes, and a game sealing interception. The defense also gave up several big plays, including a 3rd and 20 first down conversion in the 4th quarter. The conversion eventually led to a touchdown that put the Cowboys up 27-23. The 30 points that were allowed by the Seahawks were the most they allowed in any home game in the Wilson era. With the loss, the Seahawks fell to 3-2 on the season.

Week 7: at St. Louis Rams

Week 8: at Carolina Panthers

This was the first Seahawks road game to be televised by CBS since 2001, their last year in the AFC West.

Week 9: vs. Oakland Raiders

Week 10: vs. New York Giants

Week 11: at Kansas City Chiefs

Week 12: vs. Arizona Cardinals

Week 13: at San Francisco 49ers

Thanksgiving Day game

Week 14: at Philadelphia Eagles

Week 15: vs. San Francisco 49ers

With the win, not only did the Seahawks knock the 49ers out of the playoffs, but they also swept the 49ers for the first time since 2007.

Week 16: at Arizona Cardinals

With this win, the Seahawks completed a comeback against the Cardinals they started in week 12 from 3 games back in the division with 6 to play.

Week 17: vs. St. Louis Rams

With this win, Seattle clinched the NFC West, a first round bye, and home field advantage throughout the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Postseason

Seattle entered the postseason as the #1 seed in the NFC.

NFC Divisional Playoff: vs. #4 Carolina Panthers

The Seahawks defeated the Panthers 31-17, becoming the first defending Super Bowl champion to win a playoff game since the 2005 Patriots, and advanced to their second consecutive NFC Championship game. They will host the Green Bay Packers, who defeated the Dallas Cowboys 26-21.

NFC Championship Game: vs. #2 Green Bay Packers

After trailing 16-0 in the 3rd quarter and 19-7 with just over 2 minutes remaining, Russell Wilson, who threw 4 interceptions in the game, rallied Seattle to a much needed touchdown to bring the score to 19-14 with 2:09 left in regulation. The Seahawks then recovered an onside kick to re-gain possession of the football. After a relatively quick drive, Marshawn Lynch scored on a 24-yard touchdown run, making the score 22-19 after a successful 2-point conversion with 1:25 left. Aaron Rodgers then drove the Packers to the Seattle 30 yard line, where Mason Crosby kicked a 48-yard field goal to tie and send the game into overtime. Seattle then won the coin toss and drove 87 yards in 6 plays, capped by consecutive 35 yard completions, the first on 3rd-and-6 from the Seahawks own 30 yard line to Doug Baldwin, and the second a TD pass from Wilson to Jermaine Kearse to win the game 28-22. With the win, the Seahawks became the first defending champion to return to the Super Bowl since the 2004 Patriots.

Super Bowl XLIX: vs. #A1 New England Patriots

References

  1. ^
  2. ^ 2014 NFL season results, NFL.com, accessed February 14, 2015.
  3. ^ http://www.sbnation.com/2014/9/8/6110147/pete-carroll-seahawks-scoragami-weird-nfl-scores
  4. ^ http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/09/19/rare-super-bowl-rematch-highlights-nfl-week/VTZFGDVl4JRzG4WiVslVYN/story.html
  5. ^

External links

  • Official website
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