The Seattle Seahawks (5-5) got back to basics Sunday afternoon in their 29 to 13 win over the San Francisco 49ers (3-7) in front of 69, 993 victory starved Seahawks fans at Century Link Field. The Seahawks game plan was simple, run the ball despite the absence of first team running back Marshawn Lynch, play break but don’t break defense and let quarterback Russell Wilson lead an uptempo offense that sprinkled the pass with the running game.
After a San Francisco three and out drive to start the game, the Seahawks pulled out their script and went to work. Quarterback Russell Wilson hit rookie wide out Tyler Lockett on a 24 yard touchdown throw to give the Seahawks a 7-0 lead after it’s first offensive possession. Another second consecutive three and out by the San Francisco offense combined with a flawless Seattle offensive possession that ended with a Thomas Rawls two yard touchdown saw Seattle bolt to a 13-0 lead after just two offensive possessions. Seattle kicker Steven Hauschka missed his first extra point of the season.
Another three and out by the San Francisco offense and another Russell Wilson to Tyler Lockett Ariel touchdown connection this time for eleven yards sent Seahawk Nation into nirvana when they looked up at the score board and saw their team with a 20-0 lead half way thru the first half. The San Francisco offense three some shade at the Seahawks fans transcendent state of mind when Blaine Gabbert hit Vance McDonald for a 19 yard TD pass right before half to make it 20 to 7 at the half.
San Francisco showed it had some bite left when it won the third quarter by converting two field goals to Seattle’s one. The thought of another Seattle late game melt down was quickly erased when Russell Wilson hit Thomas Rawls on a 31 yard pass which Rawls took to the house to complete his career day and seal the Seahawks victory at 29 to 13. Rawls finished the day with 209 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The 209 rushing yards by Rawls put him second on the franchise list for most rushing yards in a single game. Shaun Alexander’s 266 yards in 2001 is tops on the franchise list.
Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson had his best game of the season throwing for 260 yards, three touchdowns, completed 83% of his passes and finished the day with a 138.5 quarterback rating. For Wilson the productive day was due to a variety of things.
“Well they were missing some DBs and guys stepped up for them. They played a really good game, the 49ers, in their last game against the Falcons. They had a really good charge in the sense of their defense and the plays that they made. I didn’t get to see their offense or anything like that, but just the style of play that they had. They were flying around making plays. To win in the National Football League you have to be able to do that. You have to be able to make the plays and that’s what they were able to do.”
Sundays victory was the Seahawks fifth straight over the 49ers. Seattle is now just one game back of Atlanta in the race for the final NFC Wildcard playoff spot.