12th Fan View - vs. St. Louis Rams

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Seahawks fan Chuck McGowan brings us a look at his '12th Fan View' video series, as he documents Seahawks home games from his seat in the upper level at CenturyLink Field.

The panacea for any loss is a victory the following week.  The Seattle Seahawks drank a cup of cure-all in the form of a 27-9 victory over the St. Louis Rams in front of more than 68,000 at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, December 29.  The potion slaked the franchise’s quest for yet another division title (its sixth in the past 10 seasons), yet only served to feed the hunger for greater things.

The defense last Sunday was, again, simply dominating.

How dominating were they?  They limited the Rams to 13 yards rushing on 17 carries for the entire game.  They held the Rams to 145 yards passing.  That’s a total offensive output of only 158 yards, and that total was less than 100 before a meaningless late-game drive for the Rams.  That is how dominant this defense was.

They staked the offense to an early seven-point lead when linebacker Malcolm Smith returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown.  Byron Maxwell had his fourth interception in his past four games and the Legion of Boom contained an efficient, yet woefully overmatched, Rams passing game.  The Seahawks’ defense eliminated any kind of Rams rushing attack by swarming the ball. There literally was nowhere to run for Rams rookie running back Zac Stacy and crew.

The defensive line kept Rams QB Kellen Clemens under pressure all day, but registered only 2.0 sacks (one each by Clinton McDonald and Michael Bennett).  The constant pressure is a trademark of the defense, which enables the Legion of Boom to do their damage.  And what damage they have wrought.  In the past three games, the Seahawks have 11 interceptions. 

Pete Carroll and John Schneider knew exactly what this defense needed over the offseason to send it over the top, and they got it by bringing in guys like Bennett and Cliff Avril.  The addition of these pieces made the defensive line the pressuring unit that allows the Legion of Boom to cause the real damage – taking the football away from the opponent.   The Seahawks finished 2013 with a league-leading 28 interceptions and plus-20 turnover margin. 

The offense looked improved across the board in their performance from the previous week.  Golden Tate had an incredible eight-catch day highlighted by a long touchdown to close out the Seahawks scoring.  Marshawn Lynch had a workman-like 97 yards rushing and a touchdown, and Russell Wilson was an efficient 15 of 23 with a score.

The 12th Man was particularly loud on the day, as well.  For me, my voice is as harshed as it has been all year following a game, if not more so.

The NFL’s “Second Season” now begins, and the Seahawks get to rest a week.  Their opponent will be determined after this weekend’s wild-card round.

It has been an incredible season to this point.  And now the real fun begins!  We’ll see you in two weeks at CenturyLink Field against...who?

At this moment in time, I really don’t care.  I’m soaking this one up and letting the season settle in.  This team has lived up to the hype.  Can it carry it through the postseason?