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
That field position was provided by a fumble-forcing sack from Leo end
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
“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.”
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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.