Seahawks striving for third consecutive Super Bowl appearance | Guest Column

A little more than two and a half months ago, it appeared the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl aspirations were doomed.

A little more than two and a half months ago, it appeared the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl aspirations were doomed.

They had just suffered their fourth loss of the 2015 season, courtesy of a 27-23 home defeat to the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 18 leaving the Seahawks with a meager 2-4 overall record. Ironically enough, I was in attendance at the game as a fan with my best friend Tom Winslow. Our seats, which were situated in the first row of the 300 level at CenturyLink Field close to the 40-yard-line, gave us a perfect view of the playing surface. We couldn’t believe our eyes when Carolina quarterback Cam Newton connected with tight end Gregg Olsen on a 27-yard touchdown pass for the go-ahead touchdown in the final minute of regulation.

Since the setback against Carolina, Seattle won eight of their final 10 regular season games clinching the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs. The Seahawks are peaking at the right time and are dominating their opponents in every facet of the game. Even though the Kansas City Chiefs have won 10 consecutive games, the Seahawks are the hottest team in the National Football League right now in my opinion.

Seahawks fourth-year quarterback Russell Wilson turned in a most valuable player worthy caliber season as his team’s signal caller. Wilson threw for 34 touchdowns and a mere eight interceptions. He also passed for 4,024 yards and ran for 553 yards, as well. Seahawks’ wide receiver Doug Baldwin had the best season of his career with 78 catches for 1,069 yards receiving and 14 touchdown receptions.

In the season finale, the Seahawks stifling defense surrendered just six points in a convincing 36-6 triumph against the Arizona Cardinals on Jan. 3. For the fourth consecutive season, the Seahawks defense allowed the fewest points in the NFL surrendering a total of 277 points in 16 games.

The passing game is rolling, the defense is dominating and one of most esteemed players in Seahawks history will be making a triumphant return to the lineup just in time for the playoffs. Seahawks’ running back Marshawn Lynch, who has missed the past eight games with an abdominal injury, is scheduled to play in the Seahawks’ wildcard playoff game at 10 a.m. on Sunday on the road against the Minnesota Vikings.

Lynch is the most physical runner in the NFL. His return to the lineup will not only make a huge difference on the field due to his steady production, but will be a spirited emotional lift for the entire team to see one of the most well-liked players on the roster in the huddle once again.

The Seahawks are just three wins away from their third consecutive Super Bowl appearance and are four wins away from hoisting the Lombardi Trophy for the second time in three seasons. The road to a Super Bowl title is going to be formidable (three possible road games in the NFC playoffs), but if the Seahawks do indeed reach their goal of winning Super Bowl 50 they will undoubtedly be crowned as a dynasty. The NFL playoffs have arrived and the Seahawks are clicking on all cylinders.

Shaun Scott is a sports reporter for Sound Publishing.

 

More in Sports

Soccer and hockey take center stage on vacation / Sports Scene

When you’re on vacation, you might as well pack as many vital… Continue reading

Eastside Swim School is located at the Willows Preparatory School at 12280 Redmond-Woodinville Rd NE. Photo Courtesy of Lisa Worthington.
Eastside Swim School opens location in Redmond

Swim school offers programs for all ages.

Amberly Melendez: Walking the long road

Northwest University graduate shines on the world racewalking scene

‘It’s a good thing to do to go out and get your blood pumping’

Bicyclists discuss the activity’s mental and physical health benefits.

Redmond boys take on Woodinville in district hoops action on Thursday

Redmond High’s boys basketball squad continues its postseason journey with a 4A… Continue reading

Riders tackle the Stinky Spoke course in Redmond. Courtesy photo
Stinky Spoke in Redmond is reset for March 9

The event has been postponed due to inclement weather.

Redmond Mustangs star wrestler Jeremy Hernandez won his third consecutive KingCo championship, earning a 12-1 win against Eastlake’s Adam Henderson in the 4A KingCo 145-pound title match on Feb. 2 at North Creek High School. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Hernandez earns third consecutive individual KingCo title

For the third consecutive February Redmond Mustangs wrestler Jeremy Hernandez earned a… Continue reading

Redmond Mustangs 220-pound wrestler Alex Folta pinned Bothell’s Walker Hardan with just 32 seconds remaining in the third round of the 4A KingCo 220-pound title match on Feb. 2 at North Creek High School. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Folta is a formidable force on the wrestling mat

Redmond 220-pound wrestler Alex Folta captures an individual title.

Overlake girls playing for each other, scoring success

Owls lead the 1A Emerald City League.

Most Read