They said they couldn't buy a win on the road, questions were raised about thier young roster. Going into Sunday's NFC conference tie the Seattle Seahawks take home advantage and will look to dominate once more inside a hostile CenturyLink Field.
Seattle dominated the NFC during the regular season; Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers stand in their way as all eyes are on just one goal, a Super Bowl appearance in New Jersey.
Here are five reason to root for the Seattle Seahawks.
The Seahawks boast one of the most likable signal callers in the NFL
By no means the best or the completed article, Russell Wilson seems to win people over where ever he goes.
Head coach Peter Carroll must revel in the fact that he has Wilson to work with on a daily basis. He may be short for a quarterback but he knows how to make plays. Wilson is a good quarterback, dual threat, quick out of the tackle and his ability to find his wide outs in deep field positions are all atributes that make him good to watch. Wilson rushed for more yards during the regular season than some starting running backs. Wilson is a winner, and winners often become champions. He also seems to come across as a really good guy.
The 12th man continue to turn out in numbers
Regardless of the sport, the fans play a big part in any teams success. The Seahawks' faithful turn in week in week out and crank up the noise in support of their franchise. Seattle fans have never had the pleasure of saying that their team won the Super Bowl. This could we be the year they have something to shout about for some time to come. There will always be the argument that another set of fans are louder, but you can not deny that they know how to make some real noise.
It's time to put a different name on the Vince Lombardi Trophy
There is much talk of this being Peyton Manning's year. Will he choke or go on to be victorious? Neutrals will be hoping that Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are not taking the Vince Lombardi Trophy back to New England. The Seahawks are considered to be the safest bet to prevent those scenarios from happening.
Seattle is tough without the football
The Seattle defence are tough and the depth of quality is there for all to see. People may not like some of the defensive players' attitude but whatever they are doing seems to be producing a working formula. The Colts are the only team that has put more than 30 points on the board against the Seahawks.
The Seattle secondary is pretty formidable
Some of the nicknames given to players and teams over the years are awesome. The Bengals' defense of the early 1980s were known as the 'SWAT Team'. The Vikings' defense was nicknamed 'The Purple People Eaters.' Any team with a secondary known as the 'Legion of Boom' gets my vote is Super Bowl Champions elect.
They may not be everyone's choice for the Super Bowl. Given the other three remaining teams that are in the Super Bowl hunt, I have a feeling that the majority of neutrals will lean towards Seattle.