By Matthew Asher
It was an ugly first half for both teams, but Seattle was able to weather both the literal and figurative storms of the game to come away with an impressive 29-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, giving Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll a nice 62nd birthday gift.
The beginning of the game wasn’t pretty for either team. The first four series for both teams all ended identically with the first drive ending in a punt, the second drive ending in an interception and the third and fourth drives also ending in punts.
With a little more than three minutes remaining in the first quarter, thunderstorms blew through the area forcing a 60-minute rain delay. At the time the game was still scoreless and it wasn’t until the second quarter when the first points were scored. Colin Kaepernick dropped back to pass in his own end zone, but a holding penalty on Bruce Miller gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead.
The Extra Good
Marshawn Lynch gets an A
Fantasy owners who put Lynch in their starting lineup were practically guaranteed a victory after the performance by Lynch. Responsible for all three offensive touchdowns and 135 total yards in the game, Lynch ran for 98 rushing yards and two touchdowns to go along with his three catches for 37 yards and one touchdown.
Seattle’s defense gets an A+
Every defense in the NFL scheduled to play the 49ers this season needs to see the game footage of Seattle shutting down San Francisco. Just one week ago Colin Kaepernick threw for more than 400 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. This week he was limited to 127 passing yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions matching the total number of interceptions he threw all of last season. He ran for 87 yards but with all other 49ers rushing for just 13 total yards, that’s something Pete Carroll can live with.
Kaepernick wasn’t the only 49er to have a down week. Against Green Bay Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis torched the Packers pulling down 19 catches for 306 receiving yards. Seattle only allowed the duo a combined four receptions for just 27 receiving yards. In the ground game, Frank Gore was held to just 16 rushing yards on nine attempts.
Seattle’s offense in the first half gets a C
Seattle had the ball seven times in the first half. They had to punt the ball four times, turned the ball over twice with one interception and one fumble and were only able to muster a single field goal.
Russell Wilson gets a C
Part of the blame can be attributed to the weather, but statistically, Wilson did not have a good game. He completed just eight of 19 passes for 142 yards to go along with one touchdown and one interception. On the ground, Wilson ran 10 times for 33 yards, but was sacked four times.
Now at 2-0 Seattle stays at home and will face the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:25 PDT.
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Matthew Asher is a freelance journalist. From an early age, sports have played a major role in his life. He graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Journalism. After college he spent 2 years working with CNN Sports and still occasionally writes sports articles for several publications both in the United States and Canada. His work can be found on Examiner.com.