One was the pass he intercepted during the Seahawks’ impressive 29-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. The other was the Sunday Night Football Player of the Game ball NBC presented him for his efforts against the defending NFC Champions.
And why not? The Seahawks and a CenturyLink Field-record crowd of 68,388 had a ball from start to weather-delayed finish during the team’s highly anticipated home opener.
Or a W, as it turned out.
Even 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh had to concede, “They are a good football team. You have to give them credit. They played very well tonight, in all phases.”
And whatever the 49ers wouldn’t give them, the Seahawks took.
In addition to Sherman’s pick, All-Pro free safety
In case you lost track, that’s eight defensive players who made pivotal plays in this pivotal game.
“It was fantastic,” Sherman said when asked about the number of defenders who made plays. “I was excited because the new guys made plays. You had Cliff Avril making a sack/forced fumble. You had Mike Bennett getting a sack. You had K.J. getting a sack. There was pressure all day.
“I think the D-line and the linebackers did a great job creating pressure and making sure Kaepernick was uncomfortable the whole game. That helped us get turnovers.”
The offense, meanwhile, took advantage of the field position provided by all the big plays from the defense.
“I say this every time about Marshawn, he’s the type of guy who makes you want to play harder.” All-Pro center
“We played the short field most of the game,” Unger said. “Our defense played a hell of a game. They really, really played well. They gave us a short field and we were able to punch it in a couple of times.”
Anquan Boldin caught 13 passes for 208 yards against the Packers in Week 1. Against the Seahawks, who used Sherman to cover him much of the evening, Boldin caught one pass for 7 yards.
A statement-making effort? Only if you’re talking about the one-game-at-a-time approach that coach Pete Carroll preaches and his players embrace with both arms.
It’s a mantra that carried the Seahawks to a much-closer victory in their season opener against the Panthers in Carolina last week. It’s an attitude that will serve them well as they come off the high of Sunday night’s big win and start preparing for next week’s game against the 0-2 Jacksonville Jaguars at CenturyLink Field.
“I think the guys, they are very prideful of this game, because they know that’s a really good football team,” said Carroll, on his 62nd birthday. “We take the "next up" (mentality). Who’s coming in next week, and away we go. I was really excited about it and we had a great time tonight.”