Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Monday, December 11 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
Local and national media react to Seattle's 28-16 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Despite a valiant effort on the road, the Seahawks fell 28-16 to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, losing their fourth-straight. With four games remaining, the Seahawks know they need to look deep to salvage their playoff hopes.
With quarterback Geno Smith (groin) sidelined, quarterback Drew Lock got his first start as a Seahawk, completing 22-31 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns. The Seahawks climbed to a 10-7 first quarter lead, as Lock connected with wideout DK Metcalf for his seventh score of the year.
Lock found tight end Colby Parkinson in the third quarter, connecting for his first score of the season. Despite a valiant effort, the Seahawks couldn't slow down San Francisco's offensive attack, allowing four touchdowns and 527 total offensive yards.
After falling twice to their divisional foe, the 6-7 Seahawks have some soul searching to do to make their final-four games count toward a playoff spot. Coach Pete Carroll discussed his team's effort and what needs to happen next following Sunday's contest.
"We came in here buckled up," said Carroll. "Ready to go play these guys, and we just got out played by their guys on offense too many times to win the game today. They had a bunch of explosive plays doing the things that they do. There's nothing new, just stuff that they did. They executed really well. They made some great throws when the guys were open down the field. [49ers QB Brock] Purdy did a nice job with that. There were too many explosive plays to hold these guys in check, so we've got to give them a lot of credit. They're a good club and had we done those things that would've been a much tighter football game. We were able to score and we were able to move the ball a little bit.
I thought [Seahawks QB] Drew [Lock] did an excellent job in this game. Going into a game like this, you can expect that there's three or four plays, or two or three plays that you wish didn't happen the way they did. You just hope that they didn't beat you in the game. He did a lot of cool stuff and came through for us to give us a chance and we got banged up a little bit. [Seahawks CB Devon Witherspoon] Spoon got bruised ribs. We don't know how extensive that is. If he could have gone back in, he would, and it was not a head injury. It was a ribs injury and we had already lost [Seahawks CB Artie] Burns. He got banged up a little bit, but should be okay. So we'll see.
We came out of it all right, but it's hard coming back. It's been too many weeks coming back on with losses and it's been hard for all of us. Here we go again. We're going against one of the best teams in the NFC this next week. This is the challenging portion of this season. We're going to see if we can make it through it. The fourth quarter of this season is still there for us to do something with it and we'll see if we can. I believe these guys are going to bounce back and be ready to go again. It's a Monday night and at home, and we've got to get ready and have a great week of preparation to do that and see if we can get a game. We've got to get back on track because this losing thing sucks."
Seattle prepares to face the Philadelphia Eagles next week on Monday Night Football, before closing the season against the Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals.
Read more on the thoughts of local and national media following Thursday's contest here:
Matt Calkins of the Seattle Times: The Seahawks are in free fall, and frustrations are mounting.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times: Reporter Bob Condotta grades the Seahawks’ loss to the 49ers in Week 14.
Adam Jude of the Seattle Times: Three things we learned from the Seahawks’ 28-16 loss at the 49ers.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times: Seahawks put up fight — literally — but drop fourth straight game in loss to 49ers.
Adam Jude of the Seattle Times: Geno Smith sacked six times; Seahawks held without offensive TD in loss to 49ers.
Brady Henderson of ESPN's NFL Nation: Seahawks encouraged by Drew Lock as Geno Smith's status unclear.
Gregg Bell of The News Tribune: Drew Lock 2 TDs, 2 INTs, DK Metcalf ejected, Seahawks smacked by 49ers yet again 28-16.
Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic: Seahawks battered again by 49ers, as playoff hopes grow bleak.
Brandon Gustafson of Seattle Sports 710AM: What’s to make of Drew Lock playing solid in first Seahawks start?
Seattle Sports 710AM Staff: Seattle Seahawks Instant Reaction: Skid hits 4 with loss to 49ers.
Corbin Smith of Sports Illustrated: Seahawks Rapid Reaction: 'Hawks Blown Up By Explosives Again, Lose 28-16 to 49ers.
Social Post Of The Day
Former Fighting Illini Sports Information Director Mike Pearson wishes Seahawks rookie Devon Witherspoon a Happy Birthday.
Devon Witherspoon is a cornerback for the Seahawks and was drafted No. 5 overall in 2023. Take a look at photos of Witherspoon during his college years at Illinois and so far through his rookie season. Witherspoon was a consensus All-American and Big Ten Tatum–Woodson Defensive Back of the Year in 2022 at Illinois.