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49ers-Seahawks preview: Seattle looking to remain undefeated in home openers under Pete Carroll

San Francisco 49ers v Seattle Seahawks Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

After a 17-9 season opening loss at Green Bay, the Seattle Seahawks return home for week 2, as they take on the San Francisco 49ers. Neither Seattle nor San Francisco scored a touchdown in week 1, and I’d prefer that trend continue for the 49ers on Sunday.

Seattle’s home record is normally superb, and under Pete Carroll they have an overall regular season mark of 43-13 at CenturyLink Field since 2010, and they’re a perfect 6-0 in postseason play. The Seahawks will look to improve to 8-0 in home openers in the Carroll era, and as you can see in the previous seven games, the defense consistently shuts the opposition down.


2010 - Seahawks 31 49ers 6

Does anyone remember the very first play the Seahawks ran in Pete Carroll’s debut? I do.

No need to worry, though. Matt Hasselbeck completed 18 of his final 22 passes, threw two touchdown passes, and also ran one in for a score. You know what that rushing TD meant.

2011 - Seahawks 13 Cardinals 10

I have almost no recollection of this game apart from Tarvaris Jackson’s touchdown run and the first interception of Kam Chancellor’s career. Kevin Kolb (!) was Arizona’s starter at the time, and he had Arizona just about in field goal range, but Kam denied the Cards a chance at even attempting a kick.

2012 - Seahawks 27 Cowboys 7

The first win in the Russell Wilson era was a memorable one. Felix Jones fumbled the opening kickoff right to the Seahawks, who took an early 3-0 lead. Moments later, Seattle’s special teams extended the lead to 10-0 on a blocked punt return TD by Jeron Johnson. Marshawn Lynch rushed for over 100 yards, Wilson tossed a touchdown to Anthony McCoy, and Golden Tate did bad things to Sean Lee.

2013 - Seahawks 29 49ers 3

The good news for the 49ers is that they didn’t experience another 42-13 shellacking like they did in 2012. The bad news is they were humiliated offensively, putting up just one field goal. Colin Kaepernick threw a trio of interceptions and lost a fumble (courtesy of Cliff Avril’s first sack of his Seahawks career). Seattle’s passing offense was a mess, with Russell Wilson going just 8-of-19 for 142 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT. Marshawn Lynch was the star of the show, rushing for 98 yards and accounting for all of the Seahawks’ touchdowns. The unofficial dagger was Lynch’s casual stroll into the end zone after a rare 49ers blitz backfired.

2014 - Seahawks 36 Packers 16

This was back in the days when the Seahawks could beat Green Bay (I kid, I kid). The Seahawks hosted the first game of the 2014 NFL season on the basis that they were the defending Super Bowl champions. You can’t really think of any negatives out of this game apart from that one time the coaching staff let Earl Thomas return punts, because that was a thing that happened, and the Packers recovered a muffed punt and later scored a touchdown off of it.

Russell Wilson finished the game 19-of-28 for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns, and one of those scores was this beautiful piece of trickeration to Ricardo Lockette.

2015 - Seahawks 26 Bears 0

Poor Jimmy Clausen. He ended up playing the Seahawks twice this season (obviously on two different teams).

Despite Chicago’s offensive ineptitude, the Seahawks offense wasn’t much better, hence the 6-0 halftime score. Then Tyler Lockett happened...

2016 - Seahawks 12 Dolphins 10

Largely a game to forget. Well, except for this.

Russell Wilson may have injured his ankle mid-game, but he still dug deep to lead a game-winning touchdown drive. By the way, last week was the fifth time in six years that the Seahawks have been held to no more than one offensive touchdown on opening day. Maybe we should readjust our expectations for Seattle’s offense for future week 1 games.


If history is a guide, it’s really just a matter of the offense not performing like they did against Green Bay, and they should be able to beat the 49ers. Of course, the last team to actually defeat the Seahawks in their home opener? That would be the JT O’Sullivan-led 49ers back in 2008. Those days were ugly, weren’t they? I’m pretty sure we won’t have a case of deja vu tomorrow afternoon.