By Shannon Sanchez // @ShannonSanchez3
It was ugly, in many ways unsatisfying, but it was a win.
It started out very promising and looked like the Seahawks were going to dominate. On opening possession, the offense sustained a drive that took 16 plays and 6:22 of the first quarter, which ended in a 25 yard field goal by Blair Walsh.
The defense was dominant in the first quarter as well, keeping San Francisco from converting a first down on their first drive. After an exchange of 3 and outs, the Seattle defense capitalized as Bobbie Wagner intercepted a Brian Hoyer pass. There was a fumble on the play which Richard Sherman recovered at the SF 36. This set up a second field goal for Seattle, which made the score 6 – 0.
In the second quarter, Carlos Hyde found some daylight and took advantage for a 61 yard run that ended at the Seattle 22 yard line. After
the long gain, San Francisco was unable to go further than the 22 and kicked a field goal. Seattle still on top 6-3.
Seattle’s offense was unable to gather any more momentum in the first half. Russell Wilson was under pressure and sacked, key drops from Tyler McEvoy and CJ Procise and holding penalties all combined to stymie the offense for the remainder of the first half.
Later in the second quarter, Hyde again found a crease in the Seattle defense and ran for 27 yards to the Seattle 43 where Sherman pushed him out of bounds. With a face mask penalty on Cliff Avril, the ball was brought to the Seattle 28. SF got as close as the 19 before being stopped by the defense and opted for another field goal. The game was tied 6-6 going into half.
The start of the 3rd quarter saw more frustrating plays of either great promise or deep angst. Russell Wilson connecting with Doug Baldwin for 18 yards, Chris Carson continuing to grind and wear down the defense, but along with that came the incomplete passes to Lockett and McEvoy. It appeared that Hoyer was sacked in his end zone with 6:02 to play. The safety was not awarded to Seattle, the refs stating that the ball had not crossed into end zone when contact was made. Instead the ball was placed at the one yard line and the drive ended 2 plays later with a punt.
The 4th quarter began with a San Francisco drive the ended up with another field goal and they were ahead for the first time in the game 6-9 with 11:36 left to play. Seattle answered back immediately by finding ways to keep a sustained drive going which they weren’t able to do since the first quarter. Wilson found Paul Richardson in the end zone for the first touchdown of the game and of the regular season. The extra point was no good. Seattle held on to defeat the 49ers 12-9.
There was a great deal to be disappointed about. The offensive line was still ineffective in protecting the quarterback. Russell was sacked or rushed, his passes were uncharacteristically over the head of his receivers, and he looked unsettled for most of the game. Key drops from McEvoy and Procise as well as penalties that negated good gains led to increased pressure on Wilson.
On the positive side, the defense was great. Richard Sherman had sat out some of last week’s practice with a hamstring concern, yet he played without any indication of injury. Among many things, they caused sacks, an intentional grounding penalty, and a possible safety. The offense had some shining lights in Chris Carson who looks like he could be the rushing answer, and Paul Richardson who suffered a compound fracture on his finger earlier in the game but came back in to catch the touchdown pass.
We will take the W, ugly or not, and turn our sights to Week 3.
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