By Nicole A. ParkerPublished September 12, 2018 07:08:00The first week of August was filled with some of the biggest moments in the NFL’s 2016 regular season.
After a three-game losing streak that began in Week 6, the Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers 24-16 in the NFC Championship Game.
Seattle’s victory helped propel the Seahawks into the top of the division standings and sealed a berth in the Super Bowl.
The victory was also the first time Seattle’s star cornerback, Earl Thomas, had won a Super Bowl MVP award since he was a rookie.
Thomas led the NFL in interceptions, passes defended, pass attempts, pass yards, touchdown passes, total offense, and touchdown passes.
He was also named the Most Valuable Player in the league.
The Associated Press first reported the win on Sunday, August 11.
The Seahawks’ victory on Sunday came after they lost the first three games of the regular season to finish the year 4-6.
That stretch led to the departure of star quarterback Russell Wilson and free-agent signing Jimmy Garoppolo.
The team has been rebuilding under head coach Pete Carroll, and Thomas was the first of the players to step up as a leader in a key moment.
After Sunday’s victory, Seattle coach Pete Campbell told reporters the team “wants to see him win again in the playoffs.”
After the Seahawks’ loss, they had to wait two weeks before starting the playoff race.
They had to beat the Carolina Panthers in Week 11 and then beat the Green Bay Packers in Week 14 to avoid a bye.
The Packers lost that game, too.
After winning at the Packers, the Seahawks had to play at the Atlanta Falcons in Week 17 to make the playoffs.
After winning the Falcons game, the Falcons won at the New Orleans Saints in Week 20 to make it to the NFC title game.
The Saints beat the Atlanta Seahawks, 28-10.
After beating the Saints in Atlanta, the Saints played the Washington Redskins in Week 22 to clinch the NFC South title.
The Redskins lost that contest, too, 31-24.
After the Saints game, Carolina defeated the Seahawks in Week 23 to clinch their second NFC Championship.
Seattle defeated the Carolina 49ers 31-17 in the divisional round.
The Seahawks went on to win Super Bowl XLVIII.