Monday Night Football returned to Seattle for the first time since 2007, and the Seahawks did not disappoint as they defeated the St. Louis Rams, 30-13 at CenturyLink Field.
In the broadcast booth hours before the game, microphones waited for Monday Night Football announcers Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Ron “Jaws” Jaworski.
Monday Night Football play-by-play man Mike Tirico reviews his notes in the booth long before the stands at CenturyLink Field were filled with members of the 12thMAN.
Safety Earl Thomas warms up on the field as the last of the December sun fell on CenturyLink Field.
Skittles-mania has overtaken Seattle thanks to Marshawn Lynch, and sure enough, a bag could be found in the depths of his locker before the game.
Marshawn Lynch greets his mom on the sidelines during pregame. When asked about the Skittles habit after the game, Lynch replied, "you've got to ask my Mama."
Head coach Pete Carroll speaks briefly to the team before they took the field.
Customarily one of the last players to leave the locker room, Marshawn Lynch "taps in" as head coach Pete Carroll follows.
Chris Clemons, who Pete Carroll identifies as a key acquisition last season, stares into the television camera before leaving the tunnel during pregame introductions.
Defensive lineman Alan Branch and linebacker K.J. Wright combine to put a vicious hit on St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford.
Michael Robinson scooped up Doug Baldwin's blocked punt and returned it for a touchdown, setting the tone for the Seahawks victory.
Members of the Seahawks special teams celebrate in the end zone after they blocked a punt for a touchdown.
This member of the 12th MAN didn't feel the need for a hat in the winter cold, he just painted a helmet on his bald head instead.
St. Louis safety Darian Stewart lost his helmet in an effort to bring down Seattle receiver Ben Obomanu.
Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner collected his team-high fifth interception of the season, sitting in wait for a route he remembered from the two teams first meeting in St. Louis earlier in the season.
Doug Baldwin continued to improve and impress as he not only caught seven passes for 93 yards and a touchdown, but also blocked a punt that the Seahawks returned for a touchdown.
Tight end Zach Miller has been a stalwart blocking for the running game, but also caught two passes against St. Louis.
Meanwhile, on the defensive side of the ball, Brandon Mebane and his teammates dominated the Rams for the second time this season.
Safeties Earl Thomas and Atari Bigby celebrate after forcing St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford into an intentional grounding penalty in the red zone.
Seattle's running game features Marshawn Lynch, who went "Beast Mode" in the second half on his way to a game-high 115 yards.
Lynch's 16-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter sealed the victory for the Seahawks.
After Lynch's touchdown, Skittles rained down on the turf in the end zone. Skittles are Lynch's "go-to" candy before, during and after game as was widely-publicized after his last prime-time performance on Thursday Night Football two weeks ago.
Head coach Pete Carroll lets out a yell after the final touchdown, as he saw his team win its fourth game in the last five outings. Seattle travels to Chicago as they seek to continue their newfound success.
The Seahawks returned to CenturyLink Field after only a four day break to face the visiting Philadelphia Eagles in front of a national television audience in prime time. Seattle did not disappoint, thumping the Eagles 31-14 to improve their record to 5-7.
Seattle's 12th MAN was loud and proud on Thursday Night Football, filling CenturyLink Field with noise and passion all game long.
Tarvaris Jackson, center, and his offensive teammates wait to be introduced during pregame.
Marshawn Lynch was the final Seahawks starter to be introduced, and he proudly waved the 12th MAN flag amid the smoke and fog as he entered the field.
Paul McQuistan (67) and the offensive line protected Jackson all night, who achieved his highest quarterback rating of the season.
Marshawn Lynch escaped from a pileup that looked to be a rush for no gain and turned it into a touchdownn a run that observers say nearly compares to last year's "Beastquake" run against the New Orleans Saints.
Lynch poses for the fans after his touchdown run.
Wide receiver Ben Obomanu, starting in place of injured Sidney Rice, leapt high to make this catch in the first half.
Seattle rookie linebacker K.J. Wright makes a diving tackle on Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy.
Marshawn Lynch outraced everyone to the corner on a 40 yard touchdown run to give the Seahawks a 14-0 lead in the second quarter.
Golden Tate also stepped up, catching four passes for 47 yards.
Tate obeyed NFL rules after his leaping touchdown catch in the third quarter, and gave a celebratory dance instead of falling to the ground that cost him an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Washington.
Brandon Browner comes back to the sidelines and receives congratulations from K.J. Wright and Richard Sherman after Browner picked off his second pass of the game.
Wright came up the middle on a blitz and leveled Philadelphia quarterback Vince Young, who fumbled only to recover it as he went to the ground. Wright had five tackles and a sack on the night.
Seattle's defensive backfield was tough all night, including this play in the end zone in which Richard Sherman deflected away a pass intended for the Eagles' Jason Avant.
The Eagles drove deep once more into Seattle territory, but David Hawthorne stepped in front of a Vince Young pass for an interception.
With nothing between him and the end zone, Hawthorne raced untouched 77 yards to put the game away.
On the sidelines, coach Pete Carroll let out a yell as Hawthorne strode into the end zone.
Seattle's victory was soured in the final minutes when Philadelphia's Trent Cole flipped Seattle's Russell Okung to the ground after the whistle. Okung suffered a season-ending injury as a result.
General manager John Schneider greets David Hawthorne in the locker room after the win.
In the postgame locker room, Carroll held up four fingers to signify the the four takeaways by the defense.
The Seahawks hoped to stretch their winning streak to three games against the visiting Washington Redskins, who traveled to Seattle losers of six games in a row. Seattle survived a rough first quarter to take a 10-point lead in the second half, only to see it snatched away in the fourth quarter.
Hours before kickoff, receiver Sidney Rice enters the team's locker room at CenturyLink Field.
General manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll chat in the rain during pregame.
Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor heads into the smoke and fog of the pregame introductions.
After a near melee between co-captains, order was restored and referee Clete Blakeman only allowed one captain per team to attend when he finally was able to toss the coin.
Safety Earl Thomas makes a diving pass deflection on a ball intended for Washington's Santana Moss.
Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks offense found the going tough in the first half, as the Redskins held them to only only ten minutes of possession time.
Cornerback Brandon Browner makes a leaping interception in front of Washington's Jabar Gaffney in the second quarter.
Behind blocks by offensive linemen Paul McQuistan, left, and Robert Gallery, right, Marshawn Lynch wove his way to a 20-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7-7.
- Marshawn LYnch celebrates his 20-yard touchdown pass and run from Tarvaris Jackson.
Washington's Jabar Gaffney stretches but can't reach this pass on a fade route as Seattle's Richard Sherman defends.
Red Bryant gets through to block a 23-yard field goal attempt by the Redskins.
Bryant was still fired up when met by coach Pete Carroll on the sidelines after the blocked field goal.
The 12th MAN gave their all as the Seahawks tried to hold onto a second half lead.
Marshawn Lynch got his "Beast Mode" on and punished Washington's Oshiomogho Atogwe on this run. Lynch ran for 111 yards on 24 carries.
Heath Farwell and the Seahawks special teams did their part as Jon Ryan landed this punt near the goal line which was kept in play by Farwell's hustle and balance.
Michael Robinson and teammates did the rest, downing the punt on the two yard-line.
Cornerback Richard Sherman also intercepted a pass by Rex Grossman, then returned to the sidelines pumped up by the turnover.
Seahawks receiver Golden Tate couldn't hold on to this pass in the end zone, and Seattle settled for a field goal to take a 10-7 lead.
On Seattle's next possession, Tate was able to haul in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Tarvaris Jackson, but his falling celebration earned him an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
After Washington scored to take a 20-17 lead, Red Bryant blocked the extra point for his second block of the day and kept the Seahawks within three points of the Redskins in the fourth quarter.
Seattle's best hope at a tie or chance to win was thrwarted when Doug Baldwin got open deep in Washington territory on a pass that fell incomplete despite contact from the defender that fans thought should have been called a penalty.
Seattle's fourth quarter woes were evident when Jackson was sacked on fourth down with just over two minutes remaining in the game.
After he threw an interception on what would be Seattle's final drive, Tarvaris Jackson watched as the Redskins ran out the clock for an 20-17 victory.
So who belongs on the cover of the Madden 2012?
Michael Vick? Aaron Rodgers? Matt Ryan? Enough with the quarterbacks, already. How about the 12th Man?
The crowd that generates all that excitement – not to mention ear-ringing and even earth-shaking noise – at Qwest Field is in the field to make the cover of the beyond-popular video game. The 12th Man is a 10th seed and has a first-round matchup with 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis in a bracket-style competition on ESPN’s SportsNation.
You can cast your vote here.
Voting for the first-round matchups started Monday and ends Sunday.
The Seahawks entered Sunday’s wild-card playoff game as vast underdogs to the visiting Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints, but Matt Hasselbeck, Marshawn Lynch and the 12th Man led the way to a victory and a trip to Chicago.
Hours before kickoff, cornerback Marcus Trufant enters the team's locker room at Qwest Field.
Before taking the field for pregame warmups, starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck made some throws from his knees as he coaxed his body into gametime readiness.
Two recognizable faces of the franchise, future Hall-of-Famer Walter Jones and team owner Paul Allen greet each other on the field before the game.
Brandon Mebane fires up his teammates before they headed to the field.
Fans greet the players gathered at the entrance of the field before pregame introductions.
Running backs and best friends Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett have a final word before taking the field.
Under always-present eye of network cameras, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck lets out a yell as he's introduced before the game.
Two Navy EA-18 Growlers flew over the stadium at the conclusion of the national anthem.
Seattle's Raheem Brock sacks New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees.
Members of the 12th Man roar their approval during the second quarter.
Brandon Stokley came up big, scoring on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck.
Pete Carroll gets pumped up after Stokley's touchdown.
Seahawks cornerback Kelly Kennings upends former teammate and current Saint's running back Julius Jones.
Seattle's 12th Man implores the defense to make a stop during the tense fourth quarter.
Defenders Colin Cole and Kentwan Balmer celebrate after stopping the Saints.
In a run for the ages, Marshawn Lynch takes on, stiff-arms and dumps Saints would-be defender Tracy Porter on the way to a 67-yard touchdown.
With Porter on on the ground, Lynch heads for the end zone for a touchdown to give the Seahawks a 41-30 lead.
All 11 of the Seahawks offensive players gathered in the end zone after Lynch's touchdown, with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck leading the cheers.
Fullback Michael Robinson and Lynch laugh on the sidelines after Lynch's big run.
Head coach Pete Carroll dances onto the field as the final seconds expire on the upset victory.
Leon Washington celebrates with fans in the south end zone after the game.
Pete Carroll shakes hands with fans on his way to the locker room.
Matt Hasselbeck leads his kids off the field after the win.
Hasselbeck shares a quiet moment with his son Henry after the postgame commotion had died down. At right are quarterbacks J.P. Losman and Charlie Whitehurst.
In honor of “Blue Friday”, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, left and Keith Colburn, captain of the Wizard on television’s “Deadliest Catch” were on hand to raise the 12th MAN flag atop Seattle’s legendary landmark, the Space Needle.
Keith Colburn, captain of the Wizard on television's "Deadliest Catch", left, and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn raise the Seattle Seahawks 12th MAN flag atop of Seattle's Space Needle in celebration of "Blue Friday".
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, left and Keith Colburn, captain of the Wizard on television's "Deadliest Catch" pose on top of Seattle's Space Needle after they raised the Seattle Seahawks 12th MAN flag in celebration of "Blue Friday". The Seahawks will host the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Wild Card game on Saturday, January 8. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. PT.