NFL 2014: Seattle Seahawks - Super Follow-Ups
The Seattle Seahawks won the first championship in franchise history last season with a 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
"This is an amazing team," says Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, who became the third-oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl (62 years, 140 days). "These guys would not take anything but winning the Super Bowl."
The Seahawks clinched the top seed in the NFC with a 13-3 regular-season record, which included a 7-1 mark at home. Seattle won its eighth division title in franchise history and the team's 13 wins tied the team mark.
"This is the best football team in America," said President Obama during a ceremony at The White House to honor the Super Bowl champions. Seattle's defense led the NFL in points allowed (231), total defense (273.6 yards per game), passing defense (172.0 yards per game), takeaways (39) and interceptions (28) and the club's +20 turnover differential was the best mark in the league.
"Defense wins championships," says Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor, one of the members of Seattle's vaunted "Legion of Boom" secondary. "And you can say that now."
The Seahawks had six players selected to the Pro Bowl: safety Chancellor (2nd), running back Marshawn Lynch (4th), cornerback Richard Sherman (1st), safety Earl Thomas (3rd), center Max Unger (2nd) and quarterback Russell Wilson (2nd).
"This team is all about making history," says Thomas. Thomas had 100 tackles, five interceptions and two forced fumbles last year, the first NFL safety in more than a decade to post those numbers in a single season.
Sherman led the league with eight interceptions in 2013 and his 20 INTs since entering the league in 2011 are the most by any player during that span.
"We etched our names in the record books," says Sherman about Seattle's historical season.
Wilson, who was a third-round pick by the Seahawks in the 2012 NFL Draft, became only the fourth quarterback to win a Super Bowl in his first or second season in the league. He joined Kurt Warner, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger as the only QBs to accomplish the feat.
"He's so special," says Carroll about Wilson. "He's just a tremendous competitor. And he's going to keep going. There are records this guy is going to continue to knock off." In his first two NFL seasons, Wilson won 24 games, the most by a quarterback in his first two seasons during the Super Bowl era. Including the postseason, he has won 28 games, the most by a quarterback in his first two NFL seasons.
He is also the only player in NFL history to record a 100+ passer rating in both his rookie and second season.
"It's a true blessing," said Wilson about his team after winning the Super Bowl. "We believed we would get here. We wanted to win it all and we just told ourselves we had to go 1-0 each week. That was our mentality throughout the whole season. We continued to fight. We continued to grow together. We have great teammates and I couldn't have done it without these guys."
But can the Seahawks repeat?
Here's how Super Bowl winners fared the following season. Eight Super Bowl winners won the title game the next year and three lost it:
|Season||Super Bowl Winner||Next Season|
|1966||I||Green Bay||Won Super Bowl|
|1967||II||Green Bay||Missed playoffs|
|1968||III||New York Jets||Lost in first round|
|1969||IV||Kansas City||Missed playoffs|
|1970||V||Baltimore||Lost AFC Championship Game|
|1971||VI||Dallas||Lost NFC Championship Game|
|1972||VII||Miami||Won Super Bowl|
|1973||VIII||Miami||Lost in first round|
|1974||IX||Pittsburgh||Won Super Bowl|
|1975||X||Pittsburgh||Lost AFC Championship Game|
|1976||XI||Oakland||Lost AFC Championship Game|
|1977||XII||Dallas||Lost Super Bowl|
|1978||XIII||Pittsburgh||Won Super Bowl|
|1981||XVI||San Francisco||Missed playoffs|
|1982||XVII||Washington||Lost Super Bowl|
|1983||XVIII||L.A. Raiders||Lost Wild Card Game|
|1984||XIX||San Francisco||Lost Wild Card Game|
|1985||XX||Chicago||Lost NFC Divisional Playoff Game|
|1986||XXI||New York Giants||Missed playoffs|
|1988||XXIII||San Francisco||Won Super Bowl|
|1989||XXIV||San Francisco||Lost NFC Championship Game|
|1990||XXV||New York Giants||Missed playoffs|
|1991||XXVI||Washington||Lost NFC Divisional Playoff Game|
|1992||XXVII||Dallas||Won Super Bowl|
|1993||XXVIII||Dallas||Lost NFC Championship Game|
|1994||XXIX||San Francisco||Lost NFC Divisional Playoff Game|
|1995||XXX||Dallas||Lost NFC Divisional Playoff Game|
|1996||XXXI||Green Bay||Lost Super Bowl|
|1997||XXXII||Denver||Won Super Bowl|
|1999||XXXIV||St. Louis||Lost Wild Card Game|
|2000||XXXV||Baltimore||Lost AFC Divisional Playoff Game|
|2001||XXXVI||New England||Missed playoffs|
|2002||XXXVII||Tampa Bay||Missed playoffs|
|2003||XXXVIII||New England||Won Super Bowl|
|2004||XXXIX||New England||Lost AFC Divisional Playoff Game|
|2006||XLI||Indianapolis||Lost AFC Divisional Playoff Game|
|2007||XLII||New York Giants||Lost NFC Divisional Playoff Game|
|2009||XLIV||New Orleans||Lost NFC Wild Card Game|
|2010||XLV||Green Bay||Lost NFC Divisional Playoff Game|
|2011||XLVI||New York Giants||Missed playoffs|
Super Bowl Trophy by the Numbers
Immediately following a Super Bowl victory, the winner is presented with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. "Tiffany & Co. creates many of the world's greatest championship trophies, and the Vince Lombardi trophy is certainly one of them," says Victoria Wirth Reynolds, group director of business sales at Tiffany & Co., the trophy's manufacturer. "Made by Tiffany artisans, who use age-old silversmithing techniques from the 1800's, the Vince Lombardi trophy is a lasting tribute to the athletes' dedication and goal of greatness."
After the trophy is presented, it is then returned to Tiffany & Co. for any repairs and the engraving of the Super Bowl team names and the final score onto the base. It then goes back to the winning team for permanent possession.
The particulars of the Vince Lombardi Trophy:
*Including nuts & bolts
** Former Tiffany VP of design
|Man-hours To Complete||72|
|Made of||Sterling silver *|
|First Sketched On||A napkin|
|Sketched By||Oscar Riedener **|
|Made In||Cumberland, RI|
|Value||Priceless per 32 NFL teams|
|Sought Yearly By||1,700 players ***|
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