The Seahawks exorcised some of their demons on Thursday Night Football, putting the game away after heading into the fourth quarter with a 14-point lead. Seattle added a field goal on their first drive of the final frame, then the defense stepped up en route to a 20-3 Seattle win.
The Seahawks needed this win and the got it in fairly dominating fashion, even after playing conservatively in the second half for the most part, and despite two Russell Wilson interceptions. They move to 3-4 on the season and put themselves right back in the race for the NFC West, still with two opportunities to face off against the division-leading Cardinals.
1. The Seahawks made a statement on their first drive, handing the ball to Marshawn Lynch early and often, running their brand of power football. After converting a fourth-down inside the five-yard line, Lynch did this.
12 plays, 61 yards, 6:36 off the clock to start the game. Conversion in the red zone.
2. This was a metaphor ... a foreshadowing, if you will, for what was to come.
After Colin Kaepernick was attacked by a dragonfly, the Seahawks tapped into their Dragon(fly) hearts and swarmed Kaepernick for the rest of the second quarter, racking up four sacks before heading into halftime. Michael Bennett collected 2.5 while Cliff Avril got 1.5. San Francisco picked up five first downs and just 55 yards in the first half.
Seattle closed it out too, and Bennett grabbed another sack in the second half.
3. The Seahawks didn't win the game with this play, but it was a pretty big dagger and gave Seattle a huge momentum swing, momentum which they didn't really relinquish.
With 2:50 left in the 1st quarter, Russell Wilson ran a little waggle half-bootleg, and threw it deep to Tyler Lockett for 43-yard touchdown bomb.
Evan called it this afternoon in his 3 Things to Watch:
Lockett hasn't had a play that made you say "wow" in a few games now. He's gotten open several times -- but for whatever reason Russell Wilson hasn't seen him on time and they haven't connected. Lockett has the speed to get behind the Niners' secondary -- and I believe this will be the game Russell finally connects with him for a long one. Look for these two to develop a stronger connection moving forward.
Seattle won despite losing the turnover battle, further baffling Pete Carroll's winning formula. He'll take it though.
Russell Wilson: 18-24 for 235 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Marshawn Lynch: 27 carries for 122 yards, 1 TD
Tyler Lockett: 5 catches for 79 yards and 1 TD
Jimmy Graham: 2 catches, 31 yards
Colin Kaepernick: 13-24 for 124 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Vernon Davis: 4 catches for 61 yards
Anquan Boldin: 3 catches, 39 yards
Carlos Hyde: 11 rushes for 40 yards