The Seattle Seahawks had a huge week 2, beating down the San Francisco 49ers 29-3 in the prime time lights of Sunday Night Football. The 12th man did their part, too, setting a world record and a new attendance record during the slaughtering.
The Seahawks played well in every facet of the game, making it both easy yet difficult to hand out awards.
Let’s hand out some game balls.
This has to be a no brainer. While Russell Wilson had a decent night, Marshawn Lynch was the Seahawks guiding light on offense last night. He accounted for all 3 touchdowns as well as some pass protection for Wilson, which might have been more effective than some of the linemen themselves.
Lynch earned his yardage, too. He ran the ball 28 times for 98 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also had 3 catches for 27 yards including the laughable wide open catch in front of the end zone where he casually walked the ball over the line.
While it is difficult to give this to 1 person, I would say that Richard Sherman stood just above the rest on defense. While the 3 healthy founding members of the Legion of Boom had an interception and numerous big plays.
What stood out most was Sherman’s defense on San Francisco’s top receiver, Anquan Boldin.
Last week, Boldin had 13 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown. This week? He had 1 catch for 7 yards. And it wasn’t while Sherm was covering him, either.
He may have a big mouth, but if Richard Sherman keeps backing it up like this, he can talk all he wants.
I could have easily gone with Steven Hauschka who kicked 2 field goals and had 3 extra points.
The beginning of the game was a battle of field position, though, and you can’t win that without well placed punts. Jon Ryan did exactly what he needed to do last night to help this team win.
Ryan averaged 42.5 yards on 4 punts, but placed 2 within the 20 yard line and one of them were downed at the 5 yard line, turning out to be the safety for the hold in the end zone.
- The teams were sent off the field late in the first quarter as a band of storms rolled through Seattle, sending streaks of lightning through the night sky. Play resumed after a delay of exactly one hour.
- Kaepernick and Wilson combined to go just 8-of-24 for 94 yards and two interceptions in the first half.
- San Francisco NT Ian Williams suffered a broken leg after being on the receiving end of a cut block in the first quarter by Seattle G J.R. Sweezy.
- The 49ers also lost FS Eric Reid to a concussion late in the first half, while Seattle LT Russell Okung suffered a foot injury early in the second quarter and did not return.