Beginning in August, the NFL will make the full network broadcast of 96 games—three per team—available on YouTube. And to decide which games will go on YouTube, the NFL let fans vote, via Facebook, for their top choices.
It a not-at-all-surprising development, the top choice among Seahawks fans was Seattle's Super Bowl XLVIII victory over the Denver Broncos, which earned 30 percent of the vote. Next were Seattle's two recent NFC championship game victories over the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers, which each earned 26 percent of the vote. The other two voting options were Seattle's 1983 AFC divisional-round victory over the Miami Dolphins, and the 2010 wild-card win against New Orleans, a game that featured Marshawn Lynch's famous "Beastquake" run.
Super Bowl XLVIII: Seahawks 43, Broncos 8
In a showdown between the league's No. 1 defense and a record-setting Broncos offense, the Legion of Boom set the tone early and never let up as the Seahawks routed Denver on the way to the first Super Bowl title in franchise history.
"We did exactly what we said we were going to do," safety Kam Chancellor said after the game. "... We finished business."
The Seahawks forced four turnovers, including a Malcom Smith interception he returned for a touchdown, Russell Wilson carved up Denver's defense, and the Seahawks also scored on special teams. It was one of the most complete efforts of the season for the best team in franchise history, and it came on the biggest stage in American sports.
"That's it," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after the game. "That's exactly how we try to play… I'm thrilled that it came out like that so clearly and so obviously that that's the way we can play ball to win a championship."
2014 NFC Championship Game: Seahawks 28, Packers 22 (overtime)
The Seahawks' second straight NFC championship game appearance couldn't have gotten off to much worse of a start. The Seahawks turned the ball over five times, including four Wilson interceptions, they trailed 16-0 at halftime, and by all accounts their repeat hopes appeared to be dying at the hands of the Green Bay Packers.
But late in the second half, the Seahawks came storming back thanks to the combination of a Jon Ryan touchdown pass, some memorable Marshawn Lynch runs, Russell Wilson's magic and some good onside kick fortune. By the time the dust had settled, Wilson connected with Jermaine Kearse—the target on all four interceptions—for the game-winning touchdown, Mike Bennett borrowed a cop's bike for a victory lap, and the Seahawks were heading back to the Super Bowl.
"That's the best game I've ever been in for sure," Wilson said after the game. "I think that may be one of the best games in NFL history. Just to be able to come back in the playoffs like that and in overtime; I can't see a much better game than that."
"It's kind of a microcosm of our whole season," added cornerback Richard Sherman. "It always seems like we're down and out and everything done, we're all out, there's no way to turn it around, then we find a way to turn it around."
2013 NFC Championship Game: Seahawks 23, 49ers 17
For the Seahawks to return to the Super Bowl for the first time in 10 years, they first had to go through their NFC West rivals, and the defending NFC champs, the San Francisco 49ers. A game billed as a showdown of two of the league's best and most physical teams lived up to the billing.
In a second half full of big plays and lead changes, Colin Kaepernick completed a spectacular jump-throw touchdown that somehow eluded a leaping Earl Thomas; Doug Baldwin, who had 106 receiving yards in the game, answered with a 69-yard kickoff return; then on their next possession, the Seahawks took the lead for good when Wilson hit Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown on fourth-and-7. Oh yeah, and Sherman made a pretty memorable play at the end of the game on a pass in the end zone intended for Michael Crabtree.
"We believed," defensive end Michael Bennett said after the game. "We never thought we weren't going to win. That's what made us a great team today."
February 2, 2014 will be a day that will live in Seattle history forever as the day the Seahawks won the franchise's first Lombardi Trophy.