The Seattle Seahawks (6-7) were huge underdogs against the San Francisco 49ers (10-3), so a loss was to be expected whether it was Drew Lock or Geno Smith starting at quarterback. Lock got the call, threw for a couple of a touchdowns, threw a couple of interceptions, and generally played alright given the circumstances. It still wasn’t enough, as the Seahawks defense gave up over 500 yards of offense, about 10 yards per play, and the 49ers were able to win 28-16 without even being at their sharpest.
This is the first four-game losing streak of Pete Carroll’s Seahawks career, and the 49ers have won five in a row against Seattle for the first time since the Seahawks returned to the NFC West in 2002.
As if the loss wasn’t enough, DK Metcalf was ejected after a post-interception skirmish with Fred Warner and other members of the 49ers. It didn’t really matter considering the game was essentially up, but it’s another fine coming for the oft-penalized, oft-fined receiver.
First play, 72-yard run by Christian McCaffrey. Incredibly poor pursuit and CMC was off to the races, only to be denied by Boye Mafe on a rare opening play touchdown. Jordan Mason took care of the remaining yardage and a 7-0 start for the 49ers.
Drew Lock nearly threw an interception in double coverage on his second pass, but after that he was sharp. A 3rd and 6 conversion to Tyler Lockett, a couple of passes to DK Metcalf, including a 31-yard touchdown for his first TD pass as a Seahawk! What a start!
In a shock of all shocks, the Seahawks forced a 3-and-out. George Kittle got whacked over the middle by Quandre Diggs and the ball was jarred loose by Michael Jackson Sr, starting for the injured Tre Brown.
Lock’s second possession ended in a three-and-out, with no one getting open on his two dropbacks. The 49ers offense was pinned back and went three-and-out again, but this time the Seahawks drove the ball on the vaunted 49ers unit. Back-to-back big runs by Zach Charbonnet had Seattle in the red zone, where the drive stalled. Jason Myers was there to hit from 40.
Julian Love was the beneficiary of a miscommunication between Brock Purdy and Brandon Aiyuk. How about that?!
Julian Love’s 2 interceptions this year are reminder of important principle: Tips and overthrows pic.twitter.com/TGiqPwkXs9— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) December 10, 2023
Seattle didn’t take advantage of the takeaway, unfortunately. It didn’t take long for the 49ers to hit another big play for McCaffrey, who ran left side and took off for over 20 yards. Jarran Reed sacked Purdy to put the 49ers behind the sticks. If only Jamal Adams could do his damn job on 3rd and 11...
Seattle got a first down to Lockett on a nice throw from Drew Lock, but that was it. Ridiculously, Pete Carroll punted instead of going for it on 4th and 2 at San Francisco’s 47. It took only a few plays for the 49ers to get to where the Seahawks punted from, but the defense held firm at the 45, forcing another punt.
Drew Lock threw the ball while he was two yards past the line of scrimmage. The worst part was Lock had room to run and did that anyway. His first really poor mistake, but the 49ers curiously sat on its timeouts and played for halftime.
Seattle had a chance to take the lead out of halftime, but Drew Lock was nearly intercepted on 2nd and 10, and his 3rd down pass to Noah Fant came up a yard short. Pete Carroll punted from his own 40 because of course he did. Leonard Williams sacked Purdy to get the Seahawks off the field... or so we thought. Mitch Wishnowsky had a huge run on an apparent fake punt into the Seattle 30-yard-line. DeeJay Dallas hit him late out of bounds, but an offsetting penalty on Ronnie Bell for an illegal block below the waist nullified that crazy moment. Phew!
The Seahawks got one first down off of a good throw by Lock to Lockett to move the chains on 3rd down. After a solid start, the run game fell apart, and obvious passing situations just had the Seahawks OL and Lock in trouble. The 49ers got the ball back, and Purdy had all kinds of time to hit Brandon Aiyuk deep down the field. In the red zone, Purdy threw across his body to Deebo Samuel, who broke Quandre Diggs’ ankles (slangily, not literally) and muscled his way to the 1. Deebo waltzed in on the next snap to extend the lead.
Back against the wall, the Seahawks responded. A screen to Kenneth Walker looked doomed, but he was able to go all the way across the field for 27 yards on a hell of a solo effort. Lock found an open Noah Fant on play-action, then Shane Waldron gave Kyle Shanahan a taste of his own medicine! Fake screen one way, fake screen the other way, and over the middle was Colby Parkinson for his first touchdown of the season. This was similar to the George Kittle TD against the Seahawks last year! The two-point conversion was no good.
...Yeah, the 49ers answered quickly. Big catch by Deebo Samuel, then a couple of plays later, a catch-and-run by George Kittle for another house call. Julian Love was owned. Just like that, a 12-point lead for the 49ers.
Drew Lock threw an interception on the first snap of Seattle’s must-score drive. It was a deep shot to DK Metcalf and didn’t have a chance. Rookie Ji’Ayir Brown got the ball for the 49ers.
But Julian Love got it back! Brandon Aiyuk was on his way, but Love showed the hustle to punch the ball free. Riq Woolen on the spot for a recovery.
J Love punches it out and Riq scoops it up! pic.twitter.com/V9v0mOo07J— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) December 10, 2023
Seattle did zippo with this takeaway.
After another 49ers punt, the Seahawks finally went hurry-up with under 8 minutes to go. A 4th and 4 interception by Lock was nullified after Nick Bosa clearly jumped offside. The long discussion by the officials was puzzling.
The drive fizzled, Lock threw a lollipop interception after his arm got hit, and then pleasantries were exchanged. Fred Warner had the pick, lateraled it to Dre Greenlaw, who eventually fell down. Metcalf suplexed Warner before the lateral, and Warner shoved DK in the back after the lateral. The two of them got into it and suddenly a whole-ass melee ensued. Metcalf was ejected, as was Deommodore Lenoir.
DK Metcalf and Deommodore Lenoir have been ejected from the game pic.twitter.com/CZ91L5lK2A— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) December 10, 2023
1st Quarter: Jordan Mason 3-yard touchdown run - SEA 0, SF 7
1st Quarter: Drew Lock 31-yard touchdown pass to DK Metcalf - SEA 7, SF 7
1st Quarter: Jason Myers 40-yard field goal - SEA 10, SF 7
2nd Quarter: Brock Purdy 54-yard touchdown pass to Deebo Samuel - SEA 10, SF 14
3rd Quarter: Deebo Samuel 1-yard touchdown run - SEA 10, SF 21
3rd Quarter: Drew Lock 25-yard touchdown pass to Colby Parkinson - SEA 16, SF 21
4th Quarter: Brock Purdy 44-yard touchdown pass to George Kittle - SEA 16, SF 28
Seahawks Injury Report
CB Devon Witherspoon suffered a back injury in the 1st quarter. He did not return.
CB Artie Burns suffered a knee injury on a punt return in the 3rd quarter. He was ruled out.