The Seahawks opened the 2016 NFL season victorious, beating the Miami Dolphins, 12-10, inside CenturyLink Field on Sunday. To recap notable player performances, team milestones and (of course) how the game played out, we compiled 10 numbers from the Week 1 contest:
Seattle has won their last six season-opening games at CenturyLink Field, and have outscored those opponents (Dolphins, Packers, 49ers, Rams, Buccaneers and Saints) by a total of 154-48, with Sunday's game against Miami being the closest margin of victory. Additionally, the Seahawks have won their home-openers eight consecutive seasons, which dates back to 2009.
The Seahawks "lights out" defense forced the Dolphins to finish 3-of-14 on third down, equaling 21% efficiency. In the first half, Miami didn't convert any of their four opportunities.
"When you have a defense like we have, it's going to be tough." Defensive end Frank Clark said. "We're going to make it tough regardless. Any team that comes in here, this is our turf and you've got to come with it or you'll get sent home packing."
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was sacked five times, trailing only the Jets (seven sacks against the Bengals) for the most among teams that played through Sunday night of Week 1.
The Seahawks controlled time of possession the entire way Sunday, logging a 34:32-25:28 advantage over the Dolphins. This isn't shocking, but that advantage was produced because of the defense. Ignoring the one offensive drive the Seahawks gave up in the fourth quarter to give Miami the lead, the Dolphins only managed to total 214 yards, and the only other set of points they scored (a 41-yard field goal) came because of a Seahawks fumble.
Yesterday was the first time in 1,358 days the Seahawks blocked an opponents field goal attempt (it previously happened on December, 23, 2012 against the 49ers). Linebacker Cassius Marsh blocked Andrew Frank's attempt in the fourth quarter Sunday, which turned out to be important because it prevented the Dolphins from tying the game at 6-6.
"We talked about it on the sidelines that on that certain play it was open for the block." Marsh said. "We went out there and executed. Mike Morgan had good [penetration] and the guys inside were killing the tackle and guard. They made them jump and I was just able to get through and get the block."
Playing in his first NFL game since tearing his patellar tendon last November, Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham played 17 snaps on offense (21%), which is fine considering the severity of his injury and because Graham didn't play in the preseason. He caught his lone target from Russell Wilson for 11 yards against the Dolphins.
"It was fantastic to get him back," head coach Pete Carroll said of Graham after the game.
"All of those dark hours, when he's on his own at home, and he's a million miles from being able to step properly with his bad leg and all that." Carroll said. "Then to work through it all and make it back to this was incredible. I couldn't be more fired up about him and his courage."
A running back has not rushed for 100 yards against the Seahawks in 23-straight games.
Wilson set a new career-high for pass attempts in a game with 43. His previous high was 41.
This marked Wilson's 19th win when tied or trailing in the fourth quarter/OT (including regular season and postseason). He leads the NFL in this category since 2012.
Doug Baldwin hauled in nine passes against the Dolphins — including three on the game-winning drive — setting a new career-high for receptions in a game.
Check out some action photos of Seahawks vs Dolphins Week 1 at CenturyLink Field.