Did you notice something missing on Sunday? Did something feel off? While the Seahawks-Falcons game was a typical hair-pulling, gut-wrenching, back and forth victory for Seattle, all the stress about the defense in the third quarter may have distracted us from an incredible accomplishment from the offense all game.
They had zero penalties.
Credit to the Seahawks reddit community for pointing it out on Tuesday morning, but Seattle’s offense had zero penalties in a game for the first time in over five years. The last time it happened was also perhaps the most memorable game in franchise history: 1/08/11, Seahawks vs Saints, division round of playoffs, Matt Hasselbeck, Marshawn Lynch, “Get off me, little boy” ... also known as, “Beastquake.”
There were no flags on “the play” and none on the offense in general all game long. It helped them upset the Saints that day and also helped them mount a fourth quarter comeback on Sunday.
With all of the focus on the penalty that wasn’t called on the defense, we overlooked that there were also no penalties called on the offense. No false starts, no holding, no ... well, those are the two main ones. So it should be taken as another win for the offensive line this week and the offense as a whole has two penalties total in the last two weeks after having 16 in the first three.
The defense had zero penalties against the 49ers two games ago and just two penalties on Sunday vs the Falcons.
Yes, two. Not three.