*If at any point in your life you identified as part of the "12's" or the "12th man" (which was stolen from Texas A&M), I would advise against reading this article. The Seattle Seahawks have been the luckiest team in sports, and it's not even close. The "Fail Mary" controversy, Brandon Bostick's failed onside kick and the catch by Kearse in the Super Bowl are just a few examples of the good fortune Seattle has been blessed with.
Now, don't get me wrong, I have nothing but respect for the Seattle Seahawks football team. Yes, they've been the recipient of good luck but they are still a great football team. Seattle has appeared in back-to-back Super Bowls, and are well on their way to making it 3 in a row with a matchup against the Panthers on Sunday. You cannot punish a team for something that they can't control, and the Seahawks cannot control the fact that Brandon Bostick can't catch a slow pitch softball thrown right into his chest.
With that being said, the phrase "luck has nothing to do with it" belongs nowhere near this team and the city of Seattle. To win a championship, a team definitely needs the combination of skill and a little bit of luck, and Seattle has definitely taken advantage of the luck they've been given.
In 2012, the matchup between the Seahawks and Packers provided one of the most controversial endings to a football game, which we still talk about today. Wilson threw up a Hail Mary to the back of the end zone for Doug Baldwin, who was most closely covered by Packers defender M.D Jennings. Both players got their hands on the ball and fell to the turf, both still in possession of the ball. The two refs, who were just yards away, gave two separate rulings of touchdown and touchback.
Eventually the play was ruled a TD because both players had simultaneous possession, and Seattle would win the game. Upon replay, its clear that Tate blatantly pushed off Packers defender Sam Shields, and the NFL later acknowledged it was a missed call which would have negated the touchdown and the victory. Advantage Seattle.
With 2:09 left on the clock and down 5, Seattle attempted an onside kick. Brandon Bostick's job on the kick was to block, nothing else. Jordy Nelson was waiting just steps behind Bostick awaiting the arrival of the football, but it would never reach him.
For some reason, Bostick decided to go rogue and leap into the air in an attempt to be the hero and recover the football. Had he done so, the Packers had a very good chance of running the clock out and heading to the Super Bowl with a 19-14 victory. But he didn't catch it. The ball bounced off of Bostick's face mask and Seattle recovered the ball.
Four plays later, the Seahawks took a 22-19 lead on Marshawn Lynch's 24-yard touchdown run. With 1:25 left in the game, Green Bay would then tie the game at 22 with a field goal. However, Seattle would have the last laugh when they sent the Packers home with a 28-22 loss. You have to imagine if Bostick took a page out of Belichick's book and just did his job, the Super Bowl matchup may have been a bit different.
If somehow you missed the end of the Super Bowl last year, Kearse actually makes this catch. Luckily, I wasn't watching near a high window because if the Patriots had lost to another circus catch, that would have been it for me.
It's difficult to use the word perfect in football, but Malcolm Butler played this ball perfectly. Kearse had originally gotten his hands on the ball first, and Butler followed a split second later to knock the ball loose. Perfection on his part, unless you remember the uncanny luck that follows the Seattle Seahawks.
After Butler batted it away, the ball then tumbled through the air, for what felt like 5 minutes, only to land square on Kearse's chest for a 33-yard miracle catch. Here we go again, no doubt David Tyree was smiling wherever he was watching. With only minutes left, the Seahawks had pulled off a miracle play, and have now put themselves in great position to win.
Now, here's where people will argue that the Seahawks aren't lucky because they lost the game. Losing this game had nothing to do with luck, and everything to do with the worst play call in the history of the Super Bowl. Even the football gods were shaking their heads at the decision to throw on the 1 yard line.
Butler was not lucky, in any sense of the word, to make that catch. He had practiced that exact play many times before in practice, and stepped up to make the interception when it really counted. Luck was the only reason Seattle had a shot at winning the Super Bowl in the end.
The Kearse catch was pretty miraculous, but I'd have to say the Walsh field goal is the biggest break Seattle has ever caught.
Minnesota Kicker Blair Walsh set up for a 27-yard field goal with just seconds left in the game. The kick would all but seal the deal for a 12-9 upset in Minnesota, and would also credit Walsh with all 12 points scored by Minnesota. Walsh then proceeded to kick the ball 10 yards left of the post, giving Seattle the 10-9 victory, and a trip to Charlotte to face the Panthers.
I classify this instance as the luckiest of them all because with a field goal, especially from 27 yards, there is little to nothing you can do. Field goals are rarely blocked no matter who you send out on the field, and the -10 degree temperatures certainly didn't help. All Seattle could do was close their eyes and pray, and the football gods answered, like always.
Even though they played their worst game of the season, Seattle benefited from a stroke of luck and got the win. So, if you're a Seahawks fan that prays before every game, keep it up, it's working.
By Matt Watts