Can still hit .500
It was a valiant effort on Saturday, but it fell just short as the lone Seahawks turnover in the game cost them their chance at the playoffs. (It wouldn’t have mattered anyway with Green Bay annihilating Chicago, though their score won’t say that!)
The Seattle Seahawks still have a chance to go .500 with an 8-8 record as they close the season out in Arizona next week.
Let’s break down this game, though, shall we?
The Seahawks started out hot with the newest roster addition, Ricardo Lockette, proving why they call him The Rocket. He blew through the secondary for a huge catch that led to the Doug Baldwin touchdown. Lockette adds even more depth to an already dangerous receiving corps for the Seahawks.
Marshawn Lynch dominated again when nobody said it could be done. He eclipsed the 100 yard mark and scored a rushing touchdown, feats that have not been accomplished against the 49ers in a long time.
And he did it in style, with customized Nike cleats that had a Skittles design on them. Just awesome.
Tarvaris Jackson had a pretty good day although the numbers won’t prove that. He got into many situations where his options were to take a sack or throw the ball away and he threw it away almost every time.
The one time he faulted, though, was the play that cost the Seahawks the game. He dropped back on a play and was waiting for receivers to get open and held on for far too long. The Niners got to him and stripped the ball out of his hand and recovered it at the end of the game.
The Seahawks were just out of field goal range and driving down the field to potentially win the game. Instead they took the 19-17 loss.
The defense played well as usual. Kam Chancellor had 10 tackles and was all over the place. Leroy Hill and Alan Branch both registered sacks while Branch, Clemons and Hawthorne all got tackles for loss.
The defense was so stifling that the 49ers had to settle four times, opting for David Akers field goals rather than getting in the endzone.
There were, of course, more questionable calls as well.
That apparently comes with the territory of being Seahawk, though, so we are all used to that by now. When Michael Robinson made the hit on the kickoff, they called it helmet to helmet, but not only was the ball carrier NOT down, Robinson hit him in the back.
The worst part of the call is that the hit knocked the ball loose and the Seahawks recovered it.
The loss knocked the Seahawks out of playoff contention, but they still have an opportunity to amaze people. Starting the season 2-6 and now going into week 17 with a chance to end the season at 8-8 is mind boggling.
The improvements and strides the team have made are stunning and impressive all at the same time.
With one season under their belt, the rest of the NFL should be cautious next year as these Seahawks will be a very dangerous team and a formidable opponent.