Let this be a lesson
Last season’s week 1 opener between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers was one of many firsts. It was the first game as an NFL head coach for Jim Harbaugh. It was the first time since the overplayed “What’s your deal?” between Harbaugh and Pete Carroll in their Pac-10 days.
It was the first game for many players on both teams and it was the start of a brand new beautiful, physical rivalry.
We all know how the game ended and boy was it painful. Despite that, though, the Seahawks need to use a game like that as extra motivation for this week’s encounter. With a short week stemming from this Thursday night contest, the Seahawks will have to be extra cautious in how they prepare to take on our division rival 49ers.
Without further ado, let’s re-live last year’s week 1 game between our Seattle Seahawks and the hated 49ers.
The first quarter saw zero action from the Seahawks. Positive action, that is. In fact, neither team did much of anything to start the game, as it was a feeling out process for both teams.
David Akers started the 2nd quarter with his first field goal of the day, a 27 yarder after a stalled San Francisco drive. 3-0 SF.
On their next possession, Seattle had just started moving the ball when Tarvaris Jackson was sacked by Parys Haralson and fumbled the ball which was recovered by the 49ers. That turnover led to another Akers field goal, this time from 24 yards. 6-0 SF.
The Niners stalled out again, bringing out Akers for his third field goal of the game from 31 yards. 9-0 SF.
Alex Smith wanted to tack on more before the teams broke for halftime. He knew after the previous year’s savage beating that he would need all the extra he can get. He punched it in himself from 1 yard out with 12 seconds left in the half.16-0 SF.
San Francisco went into the locker room at halftime up 16-0.
We all know Seattle is a second half team most of the time and are blessed with a staff that knows how to make appropriate changes to the game plan. They did just that in this game as Seattle came out of the locker room with a new sense of urgency and focus.
The Seahawks drove down the field on their first possession of the second half, finally getting on the board. Jackson hit Golden Tate from 8 yards out to give the Seahawks their first glimmer of hope in the game. It was now 16-7 SF.
Seattle ended the 3rd quarter in the middle of a drive and 5 seconds into the 4th quarter, Steven Hauschka came on to kick his first field goal of the season, knocking it in from 39 yards away. 16-10 SF.
Seattle was gaining momentum finally and could see several things shift their way. That included their defense making crucial stands, like they did with just over 5 minutes left in the game, forcing the Niners to settle for a field goal. That put them up by 2 scores, 19-10.
Doug Baldwin would have none of that as he was in his first game as a Seahawk, wanting to make a statement to Harbaugh who coached him at Stanford the previous year and passed him up in the NFL Draft. Jackson connected with Baldwin from 55 yards out for a huge touchdown and the giant momentum swing the Seahawks needed to make a comeback.
On the ensuing kickoff, things unraveled. Ted Ginn received the Seahawks kick 2 yards into the endzone and elected to take it out. Boy did he make the Seahawks pay. 102 yards and lots of embarassing missed tackles later, Ginn had effectively killed Seattle’s momentum, launching San Francisco to a 26-17 lead.
He wasn’t satisfied with that, either. He wanted more.
The Seahawks couldn’t move the ball on their next possession and had to punt the ball away…to Ginn. He took the punt to the house, too, returning it 55 yards to put the nail in the coffin door.
San Francisco won the game 33-17.
Final 1 2 3 4 T Seattle 0 0 7 10 17 San Francisco 0 16 0 17 33