On Sunday the Seattle Seahawks slipped into one of the two NFC Wild Card spots by destroying the San Francisco 49ers 43-16, and had a lot of fun doing so. The wide receivers continued to have great touchdown celebrations, Chris Carson continued to break tackles carrying the ball and Bobby Wagner had another amazing game.
And, as every week, Twitter reacted. So, without beating around the bush, let’s get to some reactions.
The last time the 49ers beat the Seahawks was Dec. 8, 2013, at Candlestick Park. Joe Staley is the only current #49ers player who saw action for the winning team in that game.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) November 27, 2018
Duane Brown said 49ers were loading the box to stop inside runs so Seahawks adjusted by running more outside.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 3, 2018
Seahawks 27, 49ers 10— Field Gulls (@FieldGulls) December 2, 2018
Patriots 17, Vikings 10
A Seattle win and Minnesota loss puts the Seahawks' playoff chances at 86%, per 538.
Seahawks go up 20-0 on the 49ers with Russell Wilson's 1-yard TD to Doug Baldwin. It's Baldwin's second TD of the season. Seahawks cruising. And yes, they threw the ball from the 1-yard line.— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) December 2, 2018
theres a chance seahawks 49ers becomes the arizona game from late 2012— popular syllables (@beat_valley) December 1, 2018
I would absolutely love to see the Seahawks start fast today and destroy any confidence the 49ers might have before halftime— David (@David_Seahawks) December 2, 2018
And apparently Richard Sherman wasn’t the only former Seahawk who didn’t have an enjoyable day at the CLink.
This may be the only list where these two teams are even close.
Most estimated cap space in 2019— Jason_OTC (@Jason_OTC) November 23, 2018
1. Colts- $118.5M
2. Jets- $95.6M
3. Browns- $84.9M
4. Bills- $84.2M
5. Raiders- $73.1M
6. Texans- $68.4M
7. 49ers- $67.0M
8. Cardinals- $63.3M
9. Seahawks- $54.7M
10. Bengals- $54.1M
And then there were the wide receivers doing their touchdown celebrations, which speak for themselves.
Tyler Lockett played the role of a mediocre receiver.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 2, 2018
David Moore said #Seahawks WRs were running out of celebrations with 4 TD catches today vs 49ers. The Richard Sherman tipped-pass re-enactment? “That was Doug’s.” @thenewstribune pic.twitter.com/kvIyF2Y0Ug— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) December 3, 2018
How important are these touchdown celebrations to the Seahawks? Well, as former Field Gulls author Samuel Gold noted Sunday afternoon, the Hawks are professionals, and professionals practice their skills. Which is exactly what cameras caught David Moore doing during the game.
I told David Moore after the game that TV cameras caught him doing this. He shook his head like damn, they caught me.— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) December 3, 2018
“We were trying to figure out what other celebrations we had so we can do it next time we score.” https://t.co/186uBfW1iB
Looking forward to their next Richard Sherman tribute, when Tyler Lockett goes up to the press box and threatens to end someone’s career https://t.co/yBO361OhNb— Alistair Corp (@AlistairCorp) December 2, 2018
But the wide receivers weren’t the only ones getting into the end zone. Linebacker Bobby Wagner had the longest touchdown of the day in the fourth quarter.
Sunday was just another example of how amazing Bobby Wagner is, as he led all defensive players with 12 tackles, recorded his first sack of the season, had a forced fumble (that he recovered) and the interception return for a touchdown. And he batted two passes. He’s really, really good. But, somehow he’s not leading the league in Pro Bowl votes for inside linebacker. He’s not even in first place in the conference.
During the offseason many fans were worried about where the touchdown production would come from with both Paul Richardson and Jimmy Graham leaving. Well, that’s not a question the team faces anymore.
Please direct all Tyler Lockett haters to me. I need a word. pic.twitter.com/wNpUKZ5BMa— C.J. Tumbarello (@c_tumbarello) December 2, 2018
Doug Baldwin on Tyler Lockett getting his 9th TD. "I told him today we got to get you 16, get you 16 touchdowns this year. I’ll be happy.”— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) December 3, 2018
(want him to beat you - 14 TDs?) “Of course. Yeah, of course. That’s my son. Wouldn’t you want your son to do better than you? Of course.”
tyler lockett is becoming extremely good at separating late. signature right now for him— Danny Kelly (@DannyBKelly) December 2, 2018
Tyler Lockett has gotten so fucking good at the subtle last second push-off to gift himself an inch of separation right before the ball arrives— mike (@SeahawkScout) December 2, 2018
Tyler Lockett is an All-Pro this season.— Matty F. Brown (@mattyfbrown) December 2, 2018
when Tyler Lockett fakes the kicker unto death pic.twitter.com/BMhW59I3aH— Spike Friedman (@SpikeFriedman) December 2, 2018
Tyler Lockett is good and the 49ers are bad my column https://t.co/lMcTHW25nM— Ben Baldwin (@benbbaldwin) December 3, 2018
Tyler Lockett is working on his 9th game with exactly one receiving touchdown. Only one player has ever had more than 10 such games in a season, (Eric Decker with 12 on the 2015 Jets).— Adam Harstad (@AdamHarstad) December 2, 2018
Hope he doesn't screw it up by scoring again!
Lockett wasn’t the only one padding stats against the 49ers, as Chris Carson continues to work closer and closer to becoming the first 1,000 yard rusher for the Seahawks since Marshawn in 2013 (though this highlight is a pass reception on which we get to watch him truck a 49er at high speed in the open field). Carson now has 704 rushing yards on the season, so needs 296 over the final four weeks of the season to reach a thousand.
Man.... I would not want to take on Chris Carson full speed. pic.twitter.com/zAClhsJpja— C.J. Tumbarello (@c_tumbarello) December 3, 2018
Chris Carson will finish the game with 69 yards rushing, by the way.— Mookie Alexander (@mookiealexander) December 3, 2018
Chris Carson is by far one of my favorite players to watch in the entire league right now. He just refuses to go down. Incredible to watch!— Magnus Bendixen (@BendixenNFL) December 2, 2018
As noted, with the victory, the Seahawks accomplished two things. First, the 49ers are now the first NFC that is mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. With a 2-10 record and four games to go they now max out at 6 wins, while the final Wild Card spot is currently occupied by the 6.5 win Minnesota Vikings who come to town next weekend. That could change if the Washington Redskins win Monday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
But before I close this out, let’s go ahead and get some more reactions from the 49ers side.
2015: 49ers finished last in the NFC West— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) December 3, 2018
2016: 49ers finished last in the NFC West
2017: 49ers finished last in the NFC West
2018: 49ers are currently last in the NFC West
Raiders and 49ers are the first two teams officially eliminated from @NFL playoff contention.— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) December 3, 2018
On the second play, the long TD that beat Malcolm Smith, they knew he'd have coverage on "mable" on any deep crosser. Lockett vs Smith is bad. One thing not all together clear is why the 49ers determined that was the passing strength and didn't flip flop Smith and Warner. #49wz pic.twitter.com/hYVKjl09x7— Rich (@richjmadrid) December 2, 2018
Current #NFL draft order after the 4PM games— Jason_OTC (@Jason_OTC) December 3, 2018
Even the Raiders are competitive.... man we suck ass #49ers— Michael Gutierrez (@shorebreak1234) December 3, 2018
I will always be a #49ers fan but I am ashamed to show it, this season as well as last one and a few before that ... 49ers suck!— Christian Saldana (@cspurata) December 3, 2018
LMAO @ Having a MLB cover a WR..— Joe Telometto (@EASTBAYDFRESH) December 2, 2018
Robert Saleh fucking sucks!#49ers
A reader, Brad, scolded me for writing 49ers suck. He said it was not nuanced criticism. I agree. So here's nuanced criticism. The 49ers really really suck.— Lowell Cohn (@LowellCohn) December 3, 2018
How bad are the 49ers? Well, even fans of the 4-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are bashing the Niners.
Even fans of the Green Bay Packers, who have a shiny new interim coach, are piling on.
Lmfao we’re ass. We lost to the CARDINALS at home. The Cardinals. Do you know who else the Cardinals have beaten? Only the 49ers, who we almost lost to. This team is straight up garbage. #ARIvsGB— We Fucking Suck (4-11-1) (@PackerSmack) December 2, 2018
However, regardless of how the Monday game turns out, the Seahawks are guaranteed to enter Week 14 in one of the two NFC Wild Card spots.