The Seattle Seahawks defense set the tone, the special teams were extra special and the Seattle offense after struggling much of the afternoon found it’s rhythm late in game as the defending NFC Champions beat the Chicago Bears 26 to 0 Sunday afternoon in front of 69,002 fans at Century link field.
Riding the emotional return of Kam Chancellor, the Legion of Boom looked like it’s old self again. The Seattle defense held the hapless Bears offense to just 147 net yards on offense and forced Chicago to punt on all ten of it’s offensive possession’s While the defense was crystal clear on it’s mission to shut down the Bear’s , the Seattle offense was dazed and confused.
With the offense struggling, Seattle used some hocus, pocus from it’s punt return team to set up it’s first score. Tyler Lockett acted like he was falling while fielding a Bears punt on the left side of the field, when in fact it was Richard Sherman on the other side of the field that caught the ball and raced 64 yards to to the Bears19 yard line. The Seattle offense stalled and the team settled for a Steven Hauschka 31 yard field for a 3-0 lead late ing the first quarter. The offense continued to struggle but was able to take a 6-0 halftime lead on a 21 yard field goal by Steven Hauschka.
As has been the case in this young season, the Seahawks special teams brought to life a listless game with an extra special play. Extra special as in a 105 yard Tyler Lockett kickoff return for a touchdown to start the the second half.
“I’m telling you that dude is big time. I said before the season he’ll have at least five touchdowns, so he’s on pace to do that. So he’s really big for us, special teams is one- third of the game so with him out there we have a good chance to win,” Linebacker K.J Wright said after the game.
The play not only gave the Seahawks’s the 13-0 lead but it woke up a confused and bewildered fan base that finally had reason to twist and shout. With the 12’s in full effect, the Seattle offense went to work and the long awaited Russell Wilson to Jimmy Graham connection came to fruition when Wilson found Graham on a 30 yard toss for the 20 to 0 lead with 4:28 left in the third quarter.
“Russ was real patient in the pocket and really waited for me. He knew it was man-to-man, great strike, obviously we’re getting back in our connection, He found me quite a bit tonight, and found a lot of us. He has some great throws tonight, and then Rawls ran the ball great, So that’s what we got to do to get a win,” Graham said after the game.
Thomas Rawls filled in for Marshawn Lynch who was a game time decision due to a calf injury then, left the game for good at halftime because of a hamstring injury. Despite their number one running Seattle was able to close out the game. Two Steven Hauschka field goals in the fourth quarter made it a happy homecoming for the biggest home crowd in Century Link Field History as the Seahawks snapped a two game losing streak to win their home opener 26 to 0 and improve their record to 1-2.
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