Seahawks drop passes and an opportunity
Seattle Seahawks 6, San Francisco 49ers 13
When: 5:20 PM PST, Thursday, October 18, 2012
Where: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California.
The only player who seemed to be able to catch Russell Wilson‘s passes on Thursday, Doug Baldwin, was out of the game before the end of the first half. It is no wonder the Seahawks could not get anything going offensively in the second half.
Marshawn Lynch #24
For the third time this season, Marshawn Lynch ran for over 100-yards. Unfortunately, the Seahawks are now 1-2 when he hits the century mark.
The 49ers averaged 3.6-yards per carry coming into the game, yet Marshawn was able to average 5.4-yards per attempt.
Currently, Lynch is ranked third in the league with 652-yards on the ground, and he is fourth in the league averaging 4.4-yards per carry.
Brandon Browner #39
The Seattle Seahawks defense only gave up 140-yards through the air on Thursday, that is an achievement earned by the entire secondary.
Brandon Browner‘s interception is what separated him from the rest of the players.
The 49ers were driving the ball down the field when Browner intercepted Alex Smith’s pass in the end zone. Brandon should have kneeled the ball down taking a touchback, but instead he made the mistake of trying to return it. He only made it out to the three yard line.
As soon as he caught the ball I think he had flash backs to his 94-yards touchdown return against the Giants last season.
Doug Baldwin #89
Doug Baldwin was having a good start to the game before he had to leave during the first half with a high ankle sprain. He only had 2 reception for 15-yards, however both were important plays. The first one was 3rd down catch, on a pass thrown behind him, that extended the Seahawks first drive.
That drive ended with a 52-yard Steven Hauschka field goal. Baldwin’s second, and final, reception got the Seahawks into the red zone. That was a pass that was thrown too high, but Doug made a great play on the ball.
That drive ended with Hauschka’s second field goal of the game, and would be Seattle’s last scoring drive.
On a punt return, early in the second quarter, Baldwin was blocking when a 49er rolled up on his leg. Doug left the field limping and did not return to the game. He was carted into the locker room shortly after. Wednesday we found out that he will miss the Lions game this week and possibly the Vikings game the following week.
Jason Jones #90
Jason Jones was brought to Seattle in free agency for one reason, to get pressure up the middle. On Thursday, Jones was Alex Smith on a 3rd down play, he now has 2.5 sacks on the season. At the defensive tackle position, Jason surpassed Brandon Mebane who currently has 2.0 sacks.
Greg Scruggs #98
After being drafted in the 7th round of this years draft, Greg Scruggs was a long shot to make the Seahawks final roster. On Thursday, Greg had a couple quarterback hits including his first sack in the NFL.
After an unfortunate performance in San Francisco, the Seahawks (4-3) now turn their attention to the Detroit Lions (2-4). The Lions are 1-1 at home while the Seahawks are 1-3 away from CenturyLink this season.
We all know Calvin Johnson has the nickname “Megatron,” the leader of the villains in the Transformer saga.
Richard Sherman fired a shot over the Lions’ bow by changing his twitter name to “Optimus Prime,” the leader of the heros.
It should be an interesting matchup on Sunday.