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Game at a glance: Seahawks 29, 49ers 3
A recap of the Seahawks’ 29-3 victory over the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers in their home opener at CenturyLink Field on Sunday night:
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
The Seahawks defense. It’s tempting to go with Marshawn Lynch and his three-touchdown performance. But it was the offensive players who pointed to the defensive players as the reason they not only won this game but did it in such convincing fashion.
That field position was provided by a fumble-forcing sack from Leo end Cliff Avril that linebacker K.J. Wright recovered at the 49ers’ 29-yard line to set up Steven Hauschka field goal for a 5-0 lead in the second quarter. And an interception by All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman at the 49ers’ 25 to set up another Hauschka that stretched the lead to 22-3 in the fourth quarter. And an interception by strong safety Kam Chancellor and 30-yard return to the 49ers’ 2 to set up Lynch’s 2-yard TD run.
The defense didn’t just set the tempo in this one, it continued it.
“The defense was just on it,” coach Pete Carroll said.
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: It was Lynch’s TD catch, a 7-yarder in the fourth quarter that came against the 49ers’ all-out blitz. The one where Lynch caught the ball and then stopped just short of the goal line before stepping into the end zone.
“They blitzed off the edge and Russell had to get it out quick,” said Baldwin, who had only one catch but it was a 51-yarder. “He got it to Marshawn, he made sure he caught that ball and showed off a little bit in the end zone.”
Defense: While the interceptions by Sherman and Chancellor set up scores, the one Thomas had off a pass deflected at the goal line by cornerback Walter Thurmond prevented one. And it was the first of the game, when the game was still a game.
“I was going for the interception, jarred the ball loose and Earl was able to make the play on the ball,” Thurmond said. “We get stingy about giving up points. We were in the right defense. They ran the right play. We were able to capitalize on the opportunity.”
Offered Thomas, “When you get close to the goal line against us, you’d better take your threes. Because if you try anything like passing the ball, you’re kind of playing with fire.”
Special teams: Golden Tate returned the first punt of the game 33 yards. In a game like this, that was as good as anything.
In addition to Okung, running back Spencer Ware (ankle), linebacker Malcolm Smith (hamstring) and Sherman (groin) had what were considered mild injuries.
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“What an amazing night for the 12th Man. Unbelievable. … I’ve never heard a crowd like that.”
Pete Carroll on the CenturyLink Field-record crowd
The crowd of 68,338 was a CenturyLink Field attendance record and was seven more than what the 2007 game against the 49ers attracted. The total ranks third in franchise history behind two games the Seahawks played at the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium in 2000 while their new stadium was being constructed.
The Seahawks have won seven consecutive regular-season games going back to last season, the third-longest winning streak in franchise history.
On the 49ers’ 12 possessions, the Seahawks had three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, a safety, a three-and-out and a fourth-down stop.
The Seahawks were penalized 10 times for 84 yards, the 49ers 12 times for 121 yards.
The last time the Seahawks started 2-0 was in 2006. They also were 2-0 in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1994, 1998, 2003 and 2004.
The Seahawks converted 5 of 16 third-down situations (31 percent) to 3 of 12 for the 49ers (25 percent).
The 49ers had nine tackles for losses in the game.