2012 Seattle Seahawks season

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2012 Seattle Seahawks season
OwnerPaul Allen
Head coachPete Carroll
General managerJohn Schneider
Home fieldCenturyLink Field
Division place2nd NFC West
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (at Redskins) 24–14
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Falcons) 28–30
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
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The 2012 season was the Seattle Seahawks' 37th in the National Football League and their third under head coach Pete Carroll. The Seahawks had a three-way quarterback competition with Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson. Jackson was traded to the Bills, and Wilson won the job.

The Seahawks finished 11–5, an improvement from a 7–9 record in 2011, and it marked Seattle's first winning season since 2007. The team was 4–0 during the preseason. Their 11 victories was the third best in franchise history. The Seahawks went undefeated at home for the third time in franchise history, after 2003 and 2005. Additionally, with their victory over the Washington Redskins at FedExField in the Wild Card round, the Seahawks won their first road playoff game in almost 30 years. However, despite holding a lead with just 30 seconds left in regulation, the Seahawks lost to the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional round by a score of 30–28.

New logo and uniform[edit]

On April 3, 2012, Nike unveiled the new design for the uniforms and logo for the Seahawks. The new designs incorporate a new accent color, "Wolf Grey", and the main colors are "College Navy" and "Action Green". The uniforms incorporate "feather trims", twelve feathers printed on the neckline and down each pant leg to represent the "12th Man", referring to the team's fans.[1]

2012 draft class[edit]

Round Selection Player Position College
1 15[a] Bruce Irvin DE West Virginia
2 47[b] Bobby Wagner LB Utah State
3 75 Russell Wilson QB Wisconsin
4 106 Robert Turbin RB Utah State
114[a] Jaye Howard DT Florida
5[c] 154[b] Korey Toomer LB Idaho
6 172[a] Jeremy Lane CB Northwestern State
181 Winston Guy S Kentucky
7 225[d][e] J. R. Sweezy G N.C. State
232[b] Greg Scruggs DE Louisville


^[a] The team traded its original first-round selection (#12 overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the Eagles' first- (#15 overall), fourth- (#114 overall) and sixth- (#172 overall) selections.
^[b] The team traded its original second-round selection (#43 overall) to the New York Jets in exchange for the Jets' second- (#47 overall), fifth- (#154 overall) and seventh- (#232 overall) round selections.
^[c] The team traded its original fifth-round selection (#147 overall) and a 2011 fourth-round selection to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for running back Marshawn Lynch.
^[d] The team traded its original seventh-round selection (#219 overall) to the Detroit Lions in exchange for tackle Tyler Polumbus.
^[e] The team acquired this seventh-round selection (#225 overall) as part of a trade that sent linebacker Aaron Curry to the Oakland Raiders.


2012 Seattle Seahawks staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Executive vice president of football operations/head coach – Pete Carroll
  • Assistant head coach/offensive line – Tom Cable

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Head strength and conditioning – Chris Carlisle
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Mondray Gee
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Jamie Yancher

Final roster[edit]

2012 Seattle Seahawks final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
53 active, 9 inactive, 9 practice squad

  • Starters in bold.
  • (*) Denotes players that were selected for the 2013 Pro Bowl.



Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
1 August 11 Tennessee Titans W 27–17 1–0 CenturyLink Field 65,589 Recap
2 August 18 at Denver Broncos W 30–10 2–0 Sports Authority Field at Mile High 74,012 Recap
3 August 24 at Kansas City Chiefs W 44–14 3–0 Arrowhead Stadium 63,870 Recap
4 August 30 Oakland Raiders W 21–3 4–0 CenturyLink Field 66,157 Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
1 September 9 at Arizona Cardinals L 16–20 0–1 University of Phoenix Stadium 60,032 Recap
2 September 16 Dallas Cowboys W 27–7 1–1 CenturyLink Field 68,008 Recap
3 September 24 Green Bay Packers W 14–12 2–1 CenturyLink Field 68,218 Recap
4 September 30 at St. Louis Rams L 13–19 2–2 Edward Jones Dome 53,193 Recap
5 October 7 at Carolina Panthers W 16–12 3–2 Bank of America Stadium 72,676 Recap
6 October 14 New England Patriots W 24–23 4–2 CenturyLink Field 68,137 Recap
7 October 18 at San Francisco 49ers L 6–13 4–3 Candlestick Park 69,732 Recap
8 October 28 at Detroit Lions L 24–28 4–4 Ford Field 63,497 Recap
9 November 4 Minnesota Vikings W 30–20 5–4 CenturyLink Field 67,584 Recap
10 November 11 New York Jets W 28–7 6–4 CenturyLink Field 67,841 Recap
11 Bye
12 November 25 at Miami Dolphins L 21–24 6–5 Sun Life Stadium 51,295 Recap
13 December 2 at Chicago Bears W 23–17 (OT) 7–5 Soldier Field 62,264 Recap
14 December 9 Arizona Cardinals W 58–0 8–5 CenturyLink Field 67,685 Recap
15 December 16 at Buffalo Bills W 50–17 9–5 Canada Rogers Centre (Toronto) 40,770 Recap
16 December 23 San Francisco 49ers W 42–13 10–5 CenturyLink Field 68,161 Recap
17 December 30 St. Louis Rams W 20–13 11–5 CenturyLink Field 67,936 Recap
Bold indicates division opponents.
Source: 2012 NFL season results[2]
 #  Indicates that the Seahawks were the visiting team in the Bills Toronto Series.


Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
Wild Card January 6, 2013 at Washington Redskins (4) W 24–14 1–0 FedExField 84,325 Recap
Divisional January 13, 2013 at Atlanta Falcons (1) L 28–30 1–1 Georgia Dome 70,366 Recap


NFC West
(2) San Francisco 49ers 11 4 1 .719 3–2–1 7–4–1 397 273 W1
(5) Seattle Seahawks 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 412 245 W5
St. Louis Rams 7 8 1 .469 4–1–1 6–5–1 299 348 L1
Arizona Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3-9 250 357 L2

Game summaries[edit]


Week P1: vs. Tennessee Titans[edit]

Preseason Week One: Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Titans 0 3 14017
Seahawks 10 0 71027

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: August 11
  • Game time: 7:06 p.m. local
  • Game weather: clear, 79 °F (26 °C), 39% humidity, wind WNW 10 miles per hour (16 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 65,589
  • Referee: Bruce Hermansen
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook

Week P2: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Preseason Week Two: Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 3 6 71430
Broncos 7 3 0010

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: August 18
  • Game time: 7:05 p.m. local
  • Game weather: cloudy, 79 °F (26 °C), 21% humidity, wind N 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 74,012
  • Referee: Gerald Wright
  • TV: KCPQ
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook

Week P3: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Preseason Week Three: Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 6 17 21044
Chiefs 0 7 0714

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: August 24
  • Game time: 7:07 p.m. local
  • Game weather: cloudy, 85 °F (29 °C), 50% humidity, wind S 7 miles per hour (11 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 63,870
  • Referee: Craig Ochoa
  • TV: KCPQ
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook

Week P4: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Preseason Week Four: Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 0 0 033
Seahawks 3 10 6221

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: August 30
  • Game time: 7:06 p.m. local
  • Game weather: clear, 71 °F (22 °C), 45% humidity, wind NW 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 66,157
  • Referee: Jerry Frump
  • TV: KCPQ
  • Gamecenter, Gamebook

Regular season[edit]

Week 1: at Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week One: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 3 0 10316
Cardinals 3 7 3720

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information

With the loss, the Seahawks started their season 0–1. This would be the last time the seahawks lost a regular season game in Arizona until 2020.

Week 2: vs. Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Week Two: Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 0 7 007
Seahawks 10 3 7727

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information

After facing the Cardinals on the road, the Seahawks returned home for a home game against the Cowboys. The game went very well for the Seahawks as the team improved to 1–1. This is also the first win for rookie QB Russell Wilson.

Week 3: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Three: Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Packers 0 0 6612
Seahawks 0 7 0714

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information
Greg Scruggs and Bruce Irvin during the Green Bay game

The game had a controversial ending when Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw a Hail Mary pass to the endzone on the final play that appeared to have been intercepted by Green Bay. However, while one official signaled the interception, the other official signaled a touchdown for Seattle by receiver Golden Tate, based on the rule that a catch with simultaneous possession is ruled a completion for the offense. The play was reviewed and the officials awarded the touchdown to Seattle. The call by the officials, who were replacements for the customary and more experienced officials, was met with outrage by other NFL players and fans around the country who believed Green Bay should have been awarded the interception and thus the game. Many also claimed the officials had missed an offensive pass interference call committed by Tate on Packers cornerback Sam Shields that also would have won the game for Green Bay. The NFL released an official statement the next day that, while acknowledging that pass interference should have been called on Tate, supported the decision to uphold the play as simultaneous possession.[3]

With the win, the Seahawks improved to 2–1. With the 49ers' loss to the Vikings the previous day, Seattle and San Francisco were now tied for 2nd in the NFC West behind the 3-0 Arizona Cardinals. The Seahawks' defense accomplished a noteworthy achievement, sacking Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers 8 times, a career-high; this was even more impressive because all eight sacks occurred in the first half of the game.

The game's final play, dubbed the "Fail Mary" or the "Inaccurate Reception", is still viewed as the catalyst for the return of the NFL's customary officials due to the ineptitude of the replacement officials.


Week 4: at St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week Four: Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 7 0 3313
Rams 3 10 3319

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information

With the loss, the Seahawks fell to 2–2. QB Russell Wilson also had his first career game with no passing touchdown.

Week 5: at Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week Five: Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 3 3 7316
Panthers 0 3 7212

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

With the win, Seattle's first of three road wins during the regular season, the Seahawks improved to 3–2.

Week 6: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

Week Six: New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Patriots 7 10 3323
Seahawks 10 0 01424

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information

With the win, the Seahawks improved to 4–2, and with losses by the 49ers and Cardinals, the team moved into a tie for first in the NFC West. This was head coach Pete Carroll's first meeting with the Patriots since he was fired by the organization following the 1999 season. Carroll served as their head coach from 1997–99, the last one before Bill Belichick's hiring in 2000. This game is also infamous among Patriots fans as the genesis of the Richard Sherman/Tom Brady "You Mad, Bro" meme.

Week 7: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Seven: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 3 3 006
49ers 3 0 7313

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

With the loss, the Seahawks fell to 4–3 moving into a 2nd-place tie with the Cardinals in the NFC West.

Week 8: at Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Eight: Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 3 14 0724
Lions 7 7 01428

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information

With the loss, the Seahawks dropped to 4–4.

Week 9: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Nine: Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 7 10 3020
Seahawks 14 6 7330

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information

With the win, the Seahawks improved to 5–4.

Week 10: vs. New York Jets[edit]

Week Ten: New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jets 7 0 007
Seahawks 7 7 01428

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information

The Seahawks improved to 6–4.

Week 12: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Twelve: Seattle Seahawks at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 7 7721
Dolphins 0 7 01724

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information

The Seahawks engaged in a back-and-forth affair, with six lead changes or ties. Russell Wilson touchdowns to Anthony McCoy and Golden Tate and a 98-yard Leon Washington kick return for a touchdown were answered by rushing scores from Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas. With the Seahawks up 21–14, rookie Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill found Charles Clay from 29 yards out. Tied 21–21, the Seahawks had to punt with 1:39 to go, and Tannehill drove the Dolphins in range for the winning Dan Carpenter field goal.

The game was interrupted briefly with 1:40 to go in the third quarter following a 19-yard Tannehill run; the sprinklers at Sun Life Stadium suddenly switched on, soaking the field for roughly one minute.

Week 13: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Thirteen: Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Seahawks 0 10 07623
Bears 7 0 73017

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information

With their second road win, the Seahawks improved to 7–5.

Week 14: vs. Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Fourteen: Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cardinals 0 0 000
Seahawks 10 28 13758

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information
  • Biggest margin of victory in Seahawks franchise history
  • Biggest margin of defeat in Cardinals franchise history
  • Russell Wilson threw one touchdown pass before being pulled from the game.
  • Matt Flynn gets his first playing time for Seattle.
  • Eight turnovers committed by Arizona, including four interceptions
  • Wilson became the first rookie quarterback to start and win his first six games at home since the 1970 merger.

Week 15: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

Bills Toronto Series
Week Fifteen: Seattle Seahawks at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 14 17 16350
Bills 7 10 0017

at Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Game information

With its third and final regular season road victory, Seattle rose to 9–5.

Week 16: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Sixteen: San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 0 6 0713
Seahawks 14 14 7742

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information

The Seahawks won and clinched at least a playoff spot. In order to win the NFC West, the Seahawks needed to beat the St. Louis Rams at home the following week, have the 49ers lose to the Arizona Cardinals. A Packers loss to the Vikings would give Seattle a first round bye as well. However, a loss or a 49ers win would result in the Seahawks being the #5 seed heading on the road for the Wild Card Round in January.

Week 17: vs. St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week Seventeen: St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 0 7 3313
Seahawks 0 3 10720

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information

With the NFC West title still up for grabs, the Seahawks finished their season at home against the Rams. Avoiding being swept by their foes, they finished the season with a record of 11–5, and a perfect 8–0 at home. However, with the Niners' win over the Cardinals, the team would end up 2nd in the division and the NFC's #5 seed.


Seattle entered the postseason as the #5 seed in the NFC.

NFC Wild Card Playoff: at #4 Washington Redskins[edit]

NFC Wild Card Playoff: #5 Seattle Seahawks at #4 Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 13 01124
Redskins 14 0 0014

at FedExField, Landover, Maryland

Game information

After Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III went down with a knee injury in the second half, Seattle outscored Washington 11-0 to win 24-14. Seattle would move on to take on the #1 seed Atlanta Falcons.

NFC Divisional Playoff: at #1 Atlanta Falcons[edit]

NFC Divisional Playoff: #5 Seattle Seahawks at #1 Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 0 72128
Falcons 10 10 7330

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

The Seahawks fell behind, trailing Atlanta 20–0 at halftime and 27–7 with just over 17 minutes remaining. Seattle scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take the lead 28–27 with 31 seconds left to play. But Matt Ryan quickly completed two long passes. A mystery time out, credited to Seattle, was blown by officials just as Matt Bryant kicked and missed a 49-yard field goal try, allowing Atlanta to kick again and giving them the victory. Russell Wilson's Hail Mary pass on the final play was intercepted by Julio Jones in the end zone (Wilson's only interception in the game), ending Seattle's season.[7]


  1. ^ Eaton, Nick (April 2, 2012). "Here's the new Seahawks logo, uniform and helmet – officially". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  2. ^ 2012 NFL season results, NFL.com, accessed February 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Official statement
  4. ^ NFL.com video
  5. ^ nfl.com news article
  6. ^ [1] FootballZebras.com. Retrieved on January 2, 2013.
  7. ^ Newberry, Paul (2013-01-13). "Bryant's late FG lifts Falcons over Seattle 30–28". Yahoo! Sports. Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2013-01-13.

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