Seattle Seahawks: The Power Of Home-Field Advantage

By Todd Pheifer
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The Seattle Seahawks certainly enjoy home cooking. CenturyLink Field will be loud, ruckus and ready for a huge game with the San Francisco 49ers coming to town in Week 2. There will also be undercover cops, and apparently some of them will be wearing Niners gear. That seems like a recipe for a bit of conflict. Stay classy, fans.

How much of an advantage is CenturyLink? The ‘Hawks were a perfect 8-0 at home in 2012. That hasn’t happened since 2005. The Seahawks have not lost at home since December 24, 2011. Who was the last team to win in Seattle?

You guessed it…the 49ers. Of course, that was a long time ago in NFL years. Much has changed since then.

In 2012, the New England Patriots scored the most points at the “Clink” as they racked up 23 but still lost. In the final four home games of 2012, Seattle gave up seven, zero, 13 and 13 points. Not bad.

This game against the 49ers will be a huge test. It will be a test of Seattle’s defense, their offensive balance and the lung capacity of their fans. In addition to rooting on their team, fans will attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records mark for loudest stadium. The current mark is 131.76 decibels. Bring your earplugs.

Does the crowd really help the home team? The 2012 home record says so. Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman are sure to feed off of the energy. The goal will be to frustrate the Niners and solicit as many false starts as possible.

Beware, any team that dares to take on the fans at CenturyLink Field. The dedicated and loyal supporters will be ready, and the roar may be heard miles away.

Todd Pheifer covers the Seattle Seahawks for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @tpheifer, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.

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