Guess who is back.
The Seattle Seahawks scored just one touchdown and 15 total points through their first two games, but quickly went to work against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, winning 37-18. The Seahawks scored two touchdowns early on runs by Christine Michael — who finished with 106 yards on 20 carries -- and added to their lead on an 18-yard touchdown strike to Jimmy Graham, who finished with six catches for 100 yards.
But as Graham showed a return to form following a knee injury, quarterback Russell Wilson suffered one of his own.
Tackled by Eli Harold in the third quarter on a third down scramble, Wilson went down awkwardly when Harold landed on his left knee. (Harold was called for a horsecollar tackle and Seattle picked up a first down.) Wilson went out for one play, the first snap he’s missed due to injury in his career, but came back to finish the drive. However, he put on a knee brace and remained on the sideline as rookie backup Trevone Boykin got the first extensive action of his career.
Boykin finished 7-of-9 for 65 yards and the first touchdown of his career, a strike to Doug Baldwin. He also threw an interception late in the game.
It was a continuation of dominating play by Baldwin, who had eight catches for 163 yards. He has 20 catches and nearly 300 yards through three games.
The Seahawks didn’t allow a touchdown until midway through the fourth quarter while already leading by 34 points when Carlos Hyde rumbled in for an eight-yard score. (He even celebrated the points that brought his team to within 27.) Hyde scored a second touchdown with under a minute to go and finished with 103 yards; it’s the first 100-yard rusher allowed by the Hawks since Jamaal Charles in 2014. Most of it came with the game out of hand for the 49ers.
It’s the sixth win in a row in the series for Seattle, and their eighth win vs San Francisco in their last nine tries.
The Seahawks improve to 2-1 and fly to New Jersey to face the New York Jets next Sunday at 10 AM PST.