Seahawks break the 49ers
The 12th man was on a mission Sunday night. They had decided to attempt to make CenturyLink Field (Seahawks Stadium) officially the loudest stadium in the world. In attendance at the game was an official from the Guinness Book Of World Records along with his Decibel Recording Device.
I had been sceptic that the 12th man would be able to break the record. In Europe, not only are there a lot more fans in the stands, but they are allowed to use devices such as air horns which are banned in the NFL.
To my surprise the 12th man was able to break the record by 0.2 decibels, setting the new record at 131.9 decibels. Later in the game the stadium set a new record at 136.6 decibels when Marshawn Lynch scored his second touchdown.
It really makes me wonder just how loud we were during “Beastquake”.
Next time a fan from another team claims that their stadium is as loud as ours just smile, wink and say, “Check the record books.”
CenturyLink Field is now the loudest stadium in the world.
After the 12th man broke the sound record the Seahawks broke the 49ers.
Early in the game officials tried to give it to the 49ers when they missed a false start call that would have negated a blocked punt. Luckily for the Seahawks, Walter Thurmond III was able to deflect a pass into the air and Earl Thomas intercepted it at the Seahawks 1 yard-line.
Later in the game Seattle went for it on 4th down when the 49ers were clearly offside. The officials never threw a flag and Russell Wilson tripped on JR Sweezy’s leg then fell short of the first down marker.
I don’t want to make it sound like the Seahawks didn’t make mistakes, they did, but those plays should have been negated by penalties and they weren’t.
Luckily the Seahawks literally weathered the storm. A storm that led to an over hour long delay in the 1st quarter.
In a game that pitted the best two teams in the NFL against each-other it was a surprisingly sloppy game. The two teams combined for 22 accepted penalties for over 200 yards. Almost as many yards as Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick threw for, combined!
Not to take anything away from the 49ers suffocating defense, but losing Russell Okung early in the game with a foot injury added to the struggles on offense. Paul McQuistan struggled in pass protection as a left tackle. Often the Seahawks had to put an extra body on the left side to help against the pass rush.
Two of the four 49ers sacks came on plays where McQuistan was beat to the outside.
Not to be outdone the Seahawks defense broke the 49ers offense
The Seahawks defense held 49ers running backs to 13 yards on 11 carries. I guess all the extra time in the weight room work didn’t help Anthony Dixon against the “She-Hawks,” as he tweeted earlier in the week.
The Legion of Boom stifled the 49ers passing attack
After having a career game in week 1 Colin Kaepernick managed a 20.1 rating against the Seahawks secondary. Seattle held Colin’s top 2 targets (Anquan Boldin, Vernon Davis) to just 4 receptions for a total of 27 yards.
It only got worse from there for San Francisco’s passing attack.
Keapernick got Shermanated when Richard Sherman under cut the WR receiver to get his first interception of the season. Richard returned the ball 28 yards to the 49ers 25. Steven Hauschka turned that into 3 points giving the Seahawks a 22-3 lead with less than a quarter to play.
Later in the 4th quarter Kam Chancellor sealed the win when he intercepted another Keapernick pass. That would turn out to be the last throw of a very forgettable night for the young quarterback.
The big question is. . .The next time we see Colin Kaepernick will he be missing an eyebrow?
Here’s the answer… (Video)
A great 29-3 win for the Seattle Seahawks. Now its hard to argue against the fact that they are the best team in the NFL.