SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs with the ball during their season opener against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on September 11, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: 49ers 33, Seahawks 17 - Remember how everyone said our win over the Chargers last year was "lucky" because we scored two "fluky" touchdowns on Leon Washington kick returns? I ranted and raved at those fuckers, proclaiming that special teams is every bit as important and legitimate as offense or defense. So don't go around saying that the Niners got "lucky" on those two Ted Ginn Jr. TDs- Our special teams catastrophically failed on those plays, and cost the rest of the team a chance to prevail in an imminently winnable game. People who didn't watch the game will see the score and think "Wow. Those shitty-ass Sea Chickens got blowed out just like I thought they would. Hyuk-hyuk!" We know the truth. The Niners were perilously close to blowing a 16-point half-time lead- and if our kick coverage teams had done their job, our defense probably at least gives Tarvaris Jackson a chance to drive the team into position to win the game.
Carroll: "We fell apart in the kicking game" | Seahawks Insider - The game was within reach at 19-17 with 3:46 left when special teams lapses allowed a 102-yard kick return and 55-punt return by San Francisco’s Ted Ginn to put the game away, 33-17 for the Niners. Check out the highlights and stats here. "It felt really like we were right there to take this game over," Carroll said. "And then we just fell apart in the kicking game. And Teddy Ginn did his stuff and had two, great plays, and took our chance of coming back in this game away."
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NFL News Updates - CBSSports.com RapidReports - John Boyle - FB Robinson, CB Maxwell have ankle injuries Coach Pete Carroll said after the game that the only injuries suffered in the game were ankle injuries to FB Michael Robinson and backup CB Byron Maxwell . WR Ben Obomanu , who was shaken up after hitting his head on defender’s shoulder is fine, Carroll said.
NFL News Updates - CBSSports.com RapidReports - John Boyle - Thomas: Seahawks need to stick to what coaches teach S Earl Thomas on Ted Ginn's 102-yard kick return TD: "We lost contain. You’ve just got to do what you’re coached to do. When people make stuff up, it just burns us."
NFL News Updates - CBSSports.com RapidReports - John Boyle - Don't blame Seahawks loss on defense Offensive players gave credit to the defense for keeping Seattle in the game until the offense got going in the second half. "The defense gave us a shot," WR Mike Williams said. "They did exactly what we expect them to do; that’s how they looked all preseason."
NFL News Updates - CBSSports.com RapidReports - John Boyle - Carroll blasts poor performance on special teams Pete Carroll on allowing two return TDs in the fourth quarter after Seattle had cut the deficit to two points: "It felt really like we were right there to take this game over, then we just fell apart in the kicking game."
NFL News Updates - CBSSports.com RapidReports - John Boyle - Carroll: QB Jackson could have been better with more time Pete Carroll was pleased with the way QB Tarvaris Jackson played when he actually had time to work: "I thought he handled it pretty well for the pressure he had early in the game. ... That’s what we’ve seen from him. He’ll make plays if we give him an opportunity."
Harbaugh wins NFL debut 33-17 over Seahawks - Seahawks News - MyNorthwest.com - Ted Ginn Jr. carried the game ball to keep for himself, and packed away two more footballs from his game-saving kick returns to present his twins. Jim Harbaugh didn't need a single souvenir. Hugs all around would do, from his parents, from his players. He left Candlestick Park on Sunday with that coveted victory over Pete Carroll and the defending NFC West champions in his NFL debut.
Seahawks Blog | Quarterbacks: The NFL's high-stakes poker | Seattle Times Newspaper - Caution, the comparisons you are about to read may be overly wrought. In the course of writing the weekly NFL column, I invoked poker as a figure of speech for describing NFL quarterbacks. Never someone to leave a half-good idea well enough alone, I decided to take out a sledgehammer so I could force each of the league's 32 quarterbacks to fit my literary device. Complete? Yes. Torturous? Perhaps. Funny? I hope at least a little.
17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: Seahawks at 49ers win probability chart - (This is a chart that shows the odds of winning the game as it happened, based on similar situations over the history of the NFL.) Random thoughts coming soon, if by soon I really mean 3-5 hours from now.
Week two as it happens " Seahawks Draft Blog - I’ll update this post as games conclude. I’m currently running through tape of Alabama against Penn State and I’ve got Michigan/Notre Dame for later. Expect some thoughts on individual prospects over the next few days. JMPasq has supplied tape on Nick Foles’ performance against Oklahoma State on Friday. Regulars will know I’m not a fan of Foles – and his performance in this game did nothing to change that. I’ve given him a late round grade. Check out the tape and here’s what’s happening today…
Seahawks Blog | Game in Review: 49ers 33, Seahawks 17 | Seattle Times Newspaper - Players of the game Ted Ginn gained 298 yards of kickoff returns, 92 yards on five punt returns and scored two special-teams touchdowns. That is the most kickoff return yards Seattle has ever allowed an opponent. San Francisco defensive end Justin Smith finished with two sacks, the first one coming on a spin move which allowed him to get past left tackle Russell Okung. Rookie Doug Baldwin caught four passes for 83 yards, and his 55-yard touchdown with 3:56 left cut San Francisco's lead to 19-17.
New kicking rule produces more touchbacks - Boston.com - The NFL's new rule that moved kickoffs up 5 yards this season produced a huge number of touchbacks during the opening weekend. Tweet Be the first to Tweet this! ShareThis The league moved kickoffs up to the 35-yard line hoping to address safety concerns, and that produced nearly triple the number of touchbacks from last year, according to STATS LLC.
The Associated Press: Harbaugh wins NFL debut 33-17 over Seahawks - Here's the deal, Pete Carroll: Jim Harbaugh is one up at this level. Ted Ginn Jr. returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns in a minute's span late in the fourth quarter, and the San Francisco 49ers gave Harbaugh a 33-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in his much-hyped NFL debut and renewed coaching rivalry with Carroll. Ginn ran a kickoff back 102 yards moments after the defending NFC West champion Seahawks had closed within 19-17. It was the second-longest kick return at home and fourth-longest in team history. He then scored on a 55-yard punt return.
49ers 33, Seahawks 17: Postgame analysis | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News - seattlepi.com - Special teams were abysmal. An illegal block wiped out what would have been a 73-yard punt return by Leon Washington. A long 49ers punt return set up their first field goal. And of course, Ginn’s kickoff return for a touchdown sealed Seattle’s fate with 3:45 left in the game. And, of course, his punt return a few plays later that turned it into a blowout.
Seahawks | Seahawks special teams allows two fourth quarter TDs in 33-17 loss to 49ers | Seattle Times Newspaper - Ted Ginn's 102-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the dagger, which ended any chance of a Seattle comeback. Ginn's 55-yard punt return was the salt that made this loss sting a little more.
The Brewery | Instant replay: A brief sketch of the Seahawks' loss to the 49ers | Seattle Times Newspaper - Why the 49ers won: They didn't do much. They only outgained the Seahawks 219-209. They just played good defense and took advantage of the Seahawks' offensive ineptitude. Alex Smith was efficient, completing 15 of 20 passes, but he threw for just 124 yards. New coach Jim Harbaugh played it conservative. The 49ers scored only one offensive touchdown, but that's all they needed. Their special teams were tremendous: four David Akers field goals and two return touchdowns by Ted Ginn.