The Seattle Seahawks had another impressive performance in Seattle this Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, which really is no surprise for it being a home game. The Seahawks are now 7-0 in CenturyLink Field this season, playing at a higher level than any other team at home.
From the start of this game it looked like San Francisco never had a chance to come away with a win as Seattle bounced on top early. Throughout the first half, the Niners never looked in rhythm, and could not get anything going on offense. A big part of this, of course, came from the home field advantage and the “12th Man” that comes with playing in Seattle. The Niners had to burn two early time outs and had a couple of delay of game penalties called due to the noise levels.
The Seahawks jumped on top early and kept a large lead for the rest of the game. The defense played a great game despite having three solid cornerbacks out of Sunday’s game for various reasons. Seattle also got a huge break when Richard Sherman returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown, giving them a 21-0 lead.
Seattle saw production from everyone on the field, with running back Marshawn Lynch scoring a rushing and receiving touchdown, along with the defense keeping the Niners out of the end zone for most of the game. Despite everyone playing so well, this game for the Seahawks was won by the legs of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, and not by rushing the ball.
Many times throughout the game, the secondary of the Niners gave Wilson a problem; but instead of panicking, the young quarterback scrambled, and he scrambled and scrambled until he could make a play. Where San Francisco is used to getting a sack, they were left chasing around a speedy quarterback as he either ran for a positive gain or found an open receiver down the field.
Wilson kept his offense on the field and forced the game to be played on their own pace. This allowed Lynch to get his running game in order and push through the defensive line constantly throughout the night. Looking at all of the production on offense it starts with Wilson.
Along with his mobility, Wilson threw for 171-yards in his first four passing touchdown game.
It is hard to call Wilson a rookie with how he has been playing and his ability to extend the plays and get a positive gain moved the Seahawks ahead of the division rivals.
With this win the Seahawks have clinched a playoff berth and still have an outside shot at the NFC West title if San Francisco loses to the Arizona Cardinals at home next week. It doesn’t seem likely, but it is possible.
The Seattle has one more home game this season against the St. Louis Rams, and will try to go undefeated at home as they look forward to the postseason.