In honor of our very own NFC Champions, the Seattle Seahawks, here are a few fun facts to get you excited for the big game this weekend:
• The Seattle Seahawks joined the National Football League in 1976, as an expansion team. During their first season, they went 2-14. Prior to joining the NFC West division in 2002, the Seahawks were members of the AFC West.
• The Seahawks first ever home win was against the Atlanta Falcons during week 9 of the 1976 season. They defeated the Falcons 30-13.
• The 12th Man refers to the Seahawks loyal fan base, implying that the fans play such a helpful role in the game that it is like having another player, a 12th player, on the field. The Seahawks retired the number 12 jersey in 1984, as an official salute to honor their fans.
• Beginning in the 1920s, the Texas A&M football team began using the term 12th man; they formally trademarked the term in 1990. As the result of a 2006 trademark infringement lawsuit against the Seattle Seahawks, Texas A&M licensed the Seahawks to continue using the phrase 12th Man in exchange for $100,000 and an annual fee of $5,000.
• The last time the Seattle Seahawks played the Denver Broncos in the post-season was on Christmas Eve back in 1983. At that meeting, Seattle hosted the AFC wild-card game where they pulled off their first ever playoff game, defeating the Broncos 31-7.
• To date, the coldest outdoor Super Bowl was in New Orleans in 1972, before the Superdome opened. On that date, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Miami Dolphins by the score of 24-3 in 39 degree weather. The current forecast for Super Bowl XLVIII will likely break that record, with forecasters predicting temperatures around 37 degrees with a 20% chance of precipitation.