The atmosphere inside Seahawks Stadium for the Week #13 Monday Night Football match-up between the Seattle Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints was insane. The energy from the 12th Man was palpable and the noise was deafening.
The place erupted like Mt. Saint Helens when defensive end Cliff Avril (#56) stripped the football out of the hands of Drew Brees. Defensive end Michael Bennett (#72) secured the football before it could even hit the field turf and scampered down the sideline into the south end zone. The Hawks were up 10-0 early in the first quarter and you knew it was going to be a long night for the Saints. The 12th Man was in a frenzy at that moment and once again registered seismic activity on the Richter scale. A few minutes later when there was a lull in the game, the ringing in my ears was noticeable. The Guinness World Record for crowd noise would be broken with a decimal reading of 137.6.
If you weren’t able to attend the game, here is a video I shot with a GoPro camera in order to get a feel of what it was like inside the stadium.
The crowd was psychotic with purpose. The 12th Man was prepared to sacrifice their first born child that night to ensure a victory. Hell, even the people in the Club Level were standing and screaming their heads off. Everybody knew what was on the line that night, which was a chance to prove to themselves, the NFL, and the nation that the Seahawks were legitimate Superbowl contenders.
The Hawks boot stomped the Saints on national television with a final score of 34-7. The Saints looked like a practice squad under the lights of Seahawks Stadium that night. The stage is set for the Seahawks to win their division and secure the #1 seed in the NFC playoffs.
Haters Can’t Hold Us Back
After the game, I was able to make my way to the side of the field where the ESPN post-game show would take place. Standing away from the sidelines awaiting for the start of the show were Stuart Scott, Steve Young, Ray Lewis, and Trent Dilfer. The crowd of 12’s knew that Dilfer had been hating (or being objective according to Dilfer) on the Seahawks before the start of the game. Cheers of “DIL-FER” reigned down from the stands. The 12’s were calling him out on his comments. Not only did Dilfer reap it inside the stadium, he was blasted on twitter. At least he admitted he made a mistake, but still denied that he has an obsession of hating the Seahawks.
Quarterback Russell Wilson (#3) came out of the locker room to do the post-game interview with the ESPN crew. The 12’s were chanting “MVP”. The talking heads at ESPN are starting to bring Wilson’s name into the conversation of MVP. Of course, the media wants Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning to win the award. Manning can have the MVP. The Hawks and Wilson want to win football games, to include the Superbowl.