The much anticipated NFC West showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers was one-sided as the Seahawks won 29-3. The game was delayed about 60 minutes late in the first quarter when thunderstorms blew through the city of Seattle.
The Seahawks relied heavily on their running game and stifling defense to defeat the 49ers. Marshawn Lynch finished the game with 135 yards of total offense, with 98 of those coming on the ground. Lynch scored on touchdown runs of 14 and 2 yards, and also caught a 7 yard touchdown reception.
“We are dedicated to running the ball and we are going to keep working until we really own it, and we don’t own the running right now like we can. We’ll get better at it,” Carroll said.
Richard Sherman, who isn’t afraid to speak his mind had some words for the media following the win.
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“We did what we expected to. I think you guys expected something different. I think you guys expected something a little more Kaepernick-y,” Sherman said. “We didn’t expect any of that. We expect guys to play discipline ball.”
Kaepernick failed to get anything going in the passing game, unable to break the NFL’s best secondary. He was intercepted in the end zone when Earl Thomas caught a tipped pass. Kam Chancellor intercepted Kaepernick midway through the fourth quarter. Sherman capped the stellar night for the Seattle secondary by intercepting Kaepernick a third time in the fourth quarter.
Russell Wilson finished 8 of 19 passing for 142 yards. Kaepernick was 13 of 28 for 127 yards passing, and he ran for another 87 yards. His three interceptions matched his entire season total from 2012. Frank Gore was held to just 16 yards on nine carries, and Anquan Boldin only caught one pass after his huge game against Green Bay last week.
In the teams’ past two meetings, both in Seattle, the Seahawks have outscored the 49ers 71-16. It’ll be interesting to see how the 49ers respond in Week 14 when the Seahawks come to San Francisco.