Just thirteen days remain until the Seattle Seahawks open training camp on July 25th, and we continue our countdown through the 2018 season one game at a time. Working in reverse order, we’ve already looked at some of the struggles of the run game in the Wild Card loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the Arizona Cardinals sack party from Week 17, the Week 16 upset of the Kansas City Chiefs behind Russell Wilson’s moonshot pass to Tyler Lockett, the Week 15 letdown to the San Francisco 49ers and the ugly Week 14 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football.
Today we get to look at the Week 13 demolition of the 49ers in Richard Sherman’s first return to Century Link after signing with the Niners as a free agent. The game was never really close, as the Hawks scored the first 20 points of the game and held a 27-3 lead in the third quarter before San Francisco was able to do anything more than kick a field goal. In addition, Russell Wilson’s 18 yard touchdown pass to Jaron Brown early in the fourth quarter was the only touchdown pass allowed by Sherman the entirety of the 2018 season.
In any case, even with the game out of reach, there is likely no highlight from that day that fans will enjoy more for years and years to come than Bobby Wagner’s pick six that went from one end of the field to the other.
Bobby Wagner with a 98-yard interception return for a TD, sealing a blowout in Richard Sherman’s return to Seattle. pic.twitter.com/uQxhOqnoIn— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 3, 2018
Apparently Bobby wanted to ensure that his contributions to the Seattle defense and the Legion of Boom are not forgotten, so he wrote himself into the record book with the longest interception return in Seahawks history.
The blowout of the Niners represented the largest margin of victory for the Hawks during the 2018 season, with the 27 point just edging out the 24 points by which the team had defeated the Oakland Raiders in London weeks prior. 2019 should certainly offer more interesting storylines for this rivalry, as the Niners look to rebound from their injury riddled 2018 campaign, while the Seahawks look to continue their rebuild to the point where they overtake the Los Angeles Rams as the top team in the NFC West.