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NFL Thanksgiving 2023: Seahawks predictably embarrassed 31-13 by 49ers

Two fierce NFC West rivals square off in the Thanksgiving night-capper in Seattle.

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Well that wasn’t even close.

The Seattle Seahawks (6-5) fell behind early, sort of recovered for some semblance of respectability in the 3rd quarter, but ultimately got trounced 31-13 by the vastly superior San Francisco 49ers (8-3). Lumen Field had a lot of 49ers fans in the building, and they were the joyous ones almost from the opening kick.

Geno Smith played through his arm injury but didn’t play remotely well. The offensive line was predictably outmatched, DK Metcalf had a bad case of the dropsies, Jaxon Smith-Njigba gave us one notable offensive highlights, and the only touchdown scored was a pick-6 by Jordyn Brooks. Dee Eskridge at least shined on return duties, so there’s that.

The Seahawks are still in a playoff spot and that will remain the case regardless of the Week 12 results, but this is not a playoff team. They are playing like one of the ten worst in football and have zero consistency on either side of the ball. Maybe I should run that poll again asking if the Seahawks will lose out.

Christian McCaffrey rushed for two scores, Deebo Samuel had his rushing TD, and Brandon Aiyuk had the TD catch that put the game out of reach.


1st Quarter

The 49ers got the ball first after Seattle deferred to the 2nd half. Christian McCaffrey immediately got involved with a 13-yard catch-and-run, beating both Jordyn Brooks and Bobby Wagner in coverage. McCaffrey dashed for 27 yards later on in the opening series and into the Seahawks’ red zone. Deebo Samuel caught a pass on Wagner and then easily scored on a 2-yard handoff to cap off a flawless opening drive.

A Dee Eskridge highlight! The embattled 2021 second-round pick took the ensuing kick return 66 yards. Your eyes aren’t deceiving you! This led to a Jason Myers field goal, as the Seahawks only gained 1 yard after this.

The 49ers offense just carved the Seahawks up with ease. Two big throws by Brock Purdy to a wide open Deebo Samuel had San Francisco in field goal range in next to no time at all. A holding penalty on Jauan Jennings nullified a big run by Christian McCaffrey, which derailed the drive. Leonard Williams blew up a screen pass on 3rd and 14 and knocked them out of field goal range.

Seattle went three-and-out, highlighted by Geno Smith getting tripped by Zach Charbonnet almost for a safety. Thrilling stuff. The subsequent punt by Michael Dickson only went to the Seattle 45. Seattle could’ve gotten off the field on 3rd and 7 if any of Riq Woolen, Devon Witherspoon, or Tre Brown could tackle Jauan Jennings. Instead, he gained 8 to move the sticks.

2nd Quarter

A 3rd down stop by the Seahawks was negated by Tre Brown very clearly holding George Kittle in the end zone. Christian McCaffrey scored from a yard out to extend the lead to 14-3.

Dee Eskridge gained 11 on a jet sweep, and then Geno got picked off on an out route intended for Tyler Lockett. Ambry Thomas was all over it and just like that, ball at the Seattle 41 for the 49ers.

The Seahawks defense stepped up and prevented the 49ers from getting any points, but a punt backed Seattle up at the 2. DK Metcalf looked to have a catch deep down the sideline on Charvarius Ward, except he drifted out of bounds and couldn’t get a second foot down. Punt time, yet again.

This time, the Seahawks defense wasn’t so stout. Brandon Aiyuk got open for a big gain into Seattle territory, Deebo and Kittle converted 3rd downs, and McCaffrey just slickly outran and evaded the Seahawks defense for his second touchdown.

After another Seahawks three-and-out, the 49ers went three-and-out in solidarity. Devon Witherspoon blew up a screen pass and that put them behind the sticks just before the two-minute warning.

DeeJay Dallas muffed a punt and the 49ers recovered. LOL, that’s all I’ve got. The 49ers kicked a field goal before the break.

Seattle got into a 1-minute drill, finally picked up a couple of first downs, and Jason Myers hooked a 53-yard field goal wide right. Fitting. Stone Forsythe picked up a stupid penalty for body slamming a dude.

3rd Quarter

Seattle got into field goal range in an uptempo, promising drive to start the half. Geno then got sacked by Nick Bosa, who just destroyed Stone Forsythe off the snap and got them out of FG range.

A COOL PLAY! Jordyn Brooks’ first career interception is a touchdown! Brock Purdy threw an errant pass, and Jordyn took it to the house. Another three-and-out got the crowd really rocking and produced some spark in terms of a possible comeback.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba. This was incredible! And it was after a DK Metcalf drop.

Suddenly the Seahawks were pushing the 49ers back on the ground, getting some success through the air, and they made their way into the red zone. Geno Smith had two runs for almost 20 yards to get 1st and goal at the 8. However, the drive stalled after Jaxon Smith-Njigba was held on 2nd and goal but no flag was thrown, and then Geno was sacked on 3rd and goal with no one open. Jason Myers did hit from 30 to cut into the deficit some more.

4th Quarter

The 49ers crossed into Seahawks territory off the back of Deebo and McCaffrey. A big hit by Quandre Diggs stopped McCaffrey short of the marker on 3rd and long. Faced with 4th and 3, the 49ers false started and ended up punting to begin the 4th. Suffice to say, the Seahawks wasted this.

Brock Purdy had an inconsistent night, but he threw a dime to Brandon Aiyuk for the dagger TD. A perfect throw that beat Devon Witherspoon and Julian Love in coverage to make it an 18-point game.

Seattle again had a promising drive, but it was semi-garbage time at this point and they failed on a 3rd and 1 sneak, followed by a 4th and 1 shotgun run to Charbonnet who was denied. Ball game.


Scoring Summary

1st Quarter: Deebo Samuel 2-yard touchdown run - SF 7, SEA 0

1st Quarter: Jason Myers 51-yard field goal - SF 7, SEA 3

2nd Quarter: Christian McCaffrey 1-yard touchdown run - SF 14, SEA 3

2nd Quarter: Christian McCaffrey 8-yard touchdown run - SF 21, SEA 3

2nd Quarter: Jake Moody 32-yard field goal - SF 24, SEA 3

3rd Quarter: Jordyn Brooks 12-yard interception return - SF 24, SEA 10

3rd Quarter: Jason Myers 30-yard field goal - SF 24, SEA 13

4th Quarter: Brandon Aiyuk 28-yard touchdown pass from Brock Purdy - SF 31, SEA 13


Full Box Score


Seahawks Injury Report

RB DeeJay Dallas had his shoulder checked after muffing a punt.

RT Jason Peters suffered an injury in the 2nd quarter and did not return. He had a shoulder stinger.


Next week’s opponent

The Seahawks have another Thursday game coming up, this time on the road versus the Dallas Cowboys (8-3). Kickoff time is 5:15 pm PT on Nov. 30, streaming exclusively on Prime Video.