Beat an NFC-Favorite Atlanta Falcon team at home with a healthy Michael Vick...
Beat the media's latest NFC darling (lots of Kool-Aid to go around late Summer) - the Cardinals at home...
Beat the Rams – your primary nemesis – in their house for the first time since 1997…
Take the NFL's worst team and beat them by at least 30 points when past Seahawks teams would have either lost in an upset or barely won by a few points…
Play an ugly game in the rain at home against a tough, tough Dallas defense only to take hold of the game in the final 2 minutes to win on a 51-yard field goal with time running out…
Okay, what in the heck is going on here, Seahawks fans?
Chances are, if you are reading my words right now, you are a diehard Seattle Seahawks fan.
Am I right?
Probably so. If that's the case, I'm quite sure you were like me when 3:04 remained in the 4th quarter of the game. Hasselbeck threw to Jerramy Stevens which ended up an interception that should have put the game away. This put the Cowboys – leading 7 -3 – in imminent position to win the game.
Now don't feel guilty if you sulked and made peace with your heart of hearts at that point, switching the TV to another channel or got up from your seats at the game to make your all-too-familiar trek to your car – assuming yet another Seahawks implosion before your very eyes.
After all, the Cowboys led 7 to 3 and the Seahawks just turned the ball over on less than their 20 yard line with 3 minutes remaining.
Yet, the defense did what it pretty much did all day which is to stop the Dallas offense from advancing too far beyond their initial field position. Next thing you know the Cowboys have to settle for 3 points instead of the touchdown that would have put the game out of reach for the Seahawks no matter what type of drive we could conjure.
10-3 Cowboys with just over 2 minutes remaining.
They say it's not how you start but how you finish.
If that's true than the Seattle Seahawks deserve a gold metal for their finish against one of the top NFC teams and certainly one of the best defenses they have faced all year.
Matt Hasselbeck who endured one of his worst games of the year statistically, stood tall in the final drive, ultimately placing the ball on the 1-yard-line with less than a minute remaining. A few moments later Hasselbeck is throwing the game-tying TD to tight end Ryan Hannam.
The final minutes of the game are a blur. Kind of the same blur when your child graduates with high honors or nails the game winner in a huge High School basketball game. You always believe it's possible but when it actually happens you turn into a big pile of ape poo.
"Is this actually happening?"
Seahawks fans are tortured souls. We are used to disappointment to the point of it being a fine art. So when this team is finally turning the corner it's still hard to believe.
When Jordan Babineaux reached up and grabbed a Drew Bledsoe pass out of the sky and returned the ball within Josh Brown field goal range with 5 seconds remaining, it suddenly became clear that perhaps – just perhaps – all these years of futility and sorrow for Seahawks fans might finally be paying off.
I've talked a lot this year about having "It".
The intangible force that championship-caliber teams possess. Certain teams in the NFL have it yet many do not. For years and years the Seahawks have toyed with "It" and fans and players would have liked to have thought they had "It" but they never did.
I'm so proud and honored to report to my fellow diehard Seahawks fan that this Seattle Seahawks team finally has "IT".
Beating the Rams in St. Louis for the first time in eight years was the catalyst. Laying the smack down to the tune of 30+ points against the NFL's worst team was the indicator.
Coming from behind against one of the top NFC teams at home in the final minutes was the turning point.
Enjoy this season. For this is the TEAM we have all been praying for since Holmgren arrived in 1999.
This, is the TEAM, that has the best potential to win a Super Bowl.
Todd Breda is the Owner and Creative Director of Seahawks.Net. If you would like to e-mail Todd, send any and all love letters, hate mail, whimsical musings or your personal dealings with little green men to: firstname.lastname@example.org.