It was a somewhat exciting year for Seattle Seahawk fans across the globe. Here’s a look at Seattle’s top 5 stories of the year.

Playoff appearance at 7-9
On January 2nd the Seahawks knocked off the St. Louis Rams 16-6 to finish the year at 7-9. This sent them home on a positive note at least, as they start to get ready for next year. NOT. With the win, Seattle was able to take the NFC West division and get a home playoff game.

Defeating the defending Champs in wildcard round
Seattle went into their wildcard matchup vs. the defending champion New Orleans Saints as 11 point underdogs.  The Seahawks used the 12th man to their advantage, as they were able to pull off a 41-36 upset advancing to the divisional round, where they would take on the Chicago Bears.
The Seahawks travelled to Chicago only to fall short of an NFC championship berth, losing 35-24 to the Bears to end their year.

Passing on QB’s
Seattle parted ways with long time QB Matt Hasselbeck during the offseason and were looking for a long term replacement. Names like Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, Christian Ponder and Andy Dalton topped the draft board while guys like Kevin Kolb, Kyle Orton and Carson Palmer were all on the market.

The Seahawks chose not to take a QB in April’s draft leading many to think they’d be looking to trade for one once the lockout was lifted. This did not happen, however, as they signed former Vikings QB Tavaris Jackson to replace Hasselbeck, with Charlie Whitehurst as the backup.

Marshawn Lynch
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is having his best year as a pro, racking up 1118 yards on 266 attempts (4.2 YPC) and 12 TD. Lynch has been a huge part of Seattle’s offense, especially in the second half of the year while they were making a late run at the playoffs.

Lynch has broke records and started trends this year in Seattle, as he broke Shaun Alexander’s franchise record of 9 consecutive games with a rushing TD. Lynch has now rushed for at least 1 score in each of his last 11 games.

Earl Thomas Named To Pro Bowl
Seattle’s free safety Earl Thomas has been nothing short of great for them over the past couple of years and has shown that he is a key piece of what looks to be a promising defense. On December 27th Thomas was named to the NFC’s pro bowl roster rewarding his play with a trip to Hawaii.

Seattle is another team that is on the rise. Those were their top 5 stories of 2011, and I’d look for even bigger and better headlines come 2012.