This week’s match up was another defensive battle for the Seahawks. The final score was only 13-6, with the 49ers scoring the lone touchdown of the game. While defense was the story in this low scoring affair, there were two offensive players that really stood out. Marshawn Lynch and Frank Gore both had impressive performances. Gore became the first player to reach 100 yards rushing against the Seahawks this season, and Lynch became the second player to reach 100 yards rushing against the 49ers.
Both running backs played with a bruising style, punishing defenders upon contact. Gore and Lynch really set the tone for a very physical game. Coach Carroll commented on the physicality of the game stating, “We found ourselves in a real slugfest here today. I’m not surprised it could have gone that way with two good defenses and two teams committed to running the ball.”
Unfortunately, good defense and commitment to the run were not enough for a win. After a breakout performance in last week’s win over New England, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense struggled in San Francisco. The 49ers did not allow Wilson the scrambles that the Patriots did. He looked uncomfortable hanging in and throwing from the pocket. Wilson had a poor day, going 9 for 23 with 122 yards and an interception. However, his receivers did not do him any favors. Evan Moore, Golden Tate and Robert Turbin all dropped passes that were right on target. There were just too many missed opportunities.
The Seahawks are now 0-3 in their division, which also happens to be the best division in the NFL. There is a lot of pressure to win the last three division games, and the Seahawks offense will need to take advantage of every opportunity and play consistently to help their team win. Luckily, they have until December to prepare. The Seahawks will play their remaining division games at home, where they are undefeated this season.