Seahawks, fans brave storm for showdown with Giants

SEATTLE -- Winter has arrived in New York City, just in time for Sunday’s NFC showdown between the Seahawks and Giants.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson tweeted a picture of a snow-filled MetLife Stadium at today’s walkthrough.

The snow is definitely going to be a factor in this game for the players and for the hundreds of Seahawk fans who have traveled here to see the Hawks take the next step toward an NFC West Title, and the top playoff seed in the NFC.

Hundreds of Seahawks fans packed Carlow East, a dedicated Seahawks bar in the heart of Manhattan.

Yes, it’s be cold, and it’’ll be wet, but the 12th Man is giddy about the thought of tomorrow’s game in snowy East Rutherford, New Jersey.

“This is going to be awesome!” says Hawks fan Alan Bishop. “This is what wintertime football is all about, and if the Seahawks make it back here for the Super Bowl, it will only help them.”

The snow has been falling all day, and it is accumulating in the stands and on the tarp that is now covering the field at MetLife Stadium.

There’s not going to be much of a letup for the snow between now and gametime. Six inches of snow and high temperatures around 30 degrees is in the forecast.

The weather is rarely an advantage for any team, even if a team is more familiar with the local weather, as the Giants clearly would be in this scenario.

Both team have to perform and execute in the conditions, and the chances for calamity increases with the players’ inability to grip the football, or for that matter, feel their hands.

The 12th Man will be out in force Sunday. There’s a tailgate for Seahawks fans at Lot J of MetLife Stadium, starting at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Q13’s coverage of the Hawks and Giants begins at 8:30am PDT. Kickoff is set for 10:25.