Seattle clinches home field with victory over 49ers

by Kevin Nesgoda

As Seattle played their final regular season game in Glendale, Arizona, the Hawks took on the San Francisco 49ers. After a second half surge by the Seattle offense, they were able to come from behind and beat the 49ers 26-23. The defense for Seattle has been clicking the last couple weeks and they did not miss a beat this week. Wilson and the offense were able to execute when it mattered and put up 20 of their 26 points in the fourth quarter.  With the win this week, they will host the Los Angeles Rams next week in a wild card match-up.  

I usually start by talking about this offense on most recaps, but I feel as if the defense should get priority this week.  Seattle was able to hold the 49ers offense to 266 yards of total offense, and other than big plays, San Francisco struggled moving the ball on Seattle’s defense.  Benson Mayowa was able to create Seattle’s single turnover on the day, stripping C.J. Bethard of the ball that sealed the win for the Seahawks. Mayowa also had two sacks in the game.  The defensive unit for Seattle has been able to create turnovers in the last six games, and it has happened because of an increase in pass rush. Being able to hurry the decision making of the opposing teams quarterback puts you at an advantage of creating the missed throws that result in turnovers. Seattle is 12-0 on the season when they win the turnover margin. They are 0-4 when not and it is a direct correlation of their record this season. If Seattle can keep the consistency on the defense, it is going to be the offense that will be worrisome moving forward into the playoffs.  

Seattle’s offense did just enough to squeak by in today’s game without sitting any key starters. For a team that started out a top three offense in the league now has struggled to command games and move the ball with ease however, they still make plays when it matters. Seattle was able to score all three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, with the most memorable being the beautiful connection from Russell Wilson to Tyler Lockett on fourth down.  Chris Carson continued to lead Seattle’s rushing attack racking up 44 yards on 11 carries. Alex Collins also saw an uptick in playing time with Carlos Hyde being out. He finished the day with 29 yards on 5 carries and a score. Even with the lackluster performance two Seattle were able to break records. Tyler Lockett was able to secure his 100th reception, and D.K. Metcalf was able to break Steve Largent’s record with most receiving yards in a season by a Seattle receiver. 

With Seattle slated to play the Los Angeles Rams in the upcoming wild card game, there are some concerns with this offense. Seattle has all sorts of weapons on the offensive side of the ball with D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Chris Carson, and David Moore. The question is why can’t we seem to get anything going till end of games? Well, I don’t have the perfect answer, but it has something to do with the play calling by OC Brian Schottenheimier. Seattle is best when they have success running the ball, then blowing the top off the defense with play action and creating those big plays that we are used to seeing. Wilson threw thirty-six times in today’s game while the offense only rushed the ball 22 times. While that might not seem like a huge variance there were a couple drives in today’s game that not one run was attempted. Play calling like this hurts a team that isn’t made to pass first and run second and hopefully Schottenheimer can notice these trends on the film and make adjustments. 

Side note: Jamal Adams left the game with a shoulder injury, not sure of the severity. Jarran Reed also left the game with an oblique strain. Rashaad Penny was experiencing cramps and should be fine for next week’s game against LA.  

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