Sole possession of first place in the NFC West never looked so good just two games into the season.
But that’s where the Seahawks find themselves after storming to a 29-3 victory over the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers in Sunday night’s nationally televised home opener before a CenturyLink Field-record crowd of 68,338 revved up fans – and on coach Pete Carroll’s 62nd birthday.
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The 49ers slipped to 1-1 and into a tie for second in the NFC West with the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals.
The outcome also extended the Seahawks’ winning streak at CenturyLink Field to nine consecutive games in the regular season. Their last loss at home came to the 49ers in Week 16 of the 2011 season.
The Seahawks took a 5-0 lead in a first half that included a little bit of everything – including a 60-minute delay when a thunderstorm moved through the downtown area.
The Seahawks got their first points when 49ers fullback Bruce Miller was penalized for holding linebacker
The Seahawks got the ball at the 49ers’ 49 after
In the opening quarter, before the weather delay, each QB threw an interception, the Seahawks’ Golden Tate broke a 33-yard punt return and the 49ers blocked a punt.
Earl Thomas, the Seahawks’ All-Pro free safety intercepted a pass that was deflected at the goal line and also broke up another pass five plays before making his pick in the opening quarter. On third-and-goal from the Seahawks’ 5-yard line, following Craig Dahl’s block of a
The last time a Seahawks game was suspended during play due to the weather was in 1998. It happened in Kansas City on Oct. 4 – also in a nationally televised game – when lightning was striking too close to Arrowhead Stadium. The game did resume after a 54-minute delay, and the Chiefs won 17-6. Warren Moon remembers, because the QB-turned-radio-analyst got cracked ribs in the game. The kickoff to the Seahawks-49ers game here in 2006 – also in a nationally televised game on Thursday night Dec. 14 – was delayed a few minutes because of heavy rain.
The Seahawks took the second half kickoff and drove 80 yards in 10 plays to a 14-yard touchdown run by Lynch that made it 12-0 with 9:12 to play. Lynch had one strange series, as he opened the drive with runs of 3, 8 and 2 yards and then was stopped for losses of 4 yards twice before scoring.
The 49ers got their first - and only - points on a 21-yard field goal by Phil Dawson, which capped a nine-play, 71-yard drive that featured a 28-yard scramble and completions of 19 and 17 yards.
The Seahawks had the ball for 17 plays in the quarter and Lynch got the ball on 10 of them – for better or worse.
On the Seahawks’ TD drive, they were facing a third-and-12 from their own 29. But Russell Wilson scrambled to buy time, including squirting between a couple of defenders, before completing a 51-yard pass to
The Seahawks also scored on the third play of the fourth quarter, on Wilson’s 7-yard TD pass to Lynch on third-and-4 that made it 19-3 and capped a 10-play, 80-yard drive. And, they got the ball right back as Sherman intercepted a Colin Kaepernick pass intended for Davis on the second play of the ensuing series. Sherman’s pick at the 49ers’ 25 set up a 37-yard field goal by Hauschka that made it 22-3 with 11:31 to play. Lynch scored again with 4:22 left, on a 2-yard run that was set up by Chancellor’s interception.
Lynch finished with 98 rushing yards on 28 carries.