NFC West: 2013 Week 2 SFO at SEA Rapid Reaction
September, 16, 2013
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
SEATTLE -- A few thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks’ 29-3 win over the San Francisco 49ers:
What it means: The Seahawks (2-0) have early control of the NFC West. They needed this win more than the 49ers (1-1) because it is was a home game. The 49ers are going to have to make sure they beat the Seahawks in San Francisco on Dec. 8. This game was intense and closer than the score indicated. But the Seahawks outplayed the 49ers, who were surprisingly flat offensively. The 49ers have to find their offensive spark and clean up the ridiculous penalties that have plagued them the past two weeks. The NFC West race is far from over, but the Seahawks, who haven’t lost at home since 2011, struck first and loudly.
Stock watch: Lots of downward pointing here. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was never comfortable and more of a detriment than a help to his team. San Francisco receiver Anquan Boldin had one catch after 13 last week against Green Bay. The 49ers were very sloppy. They were penalized 12 times for 121 yards and have 23 penalties this season. San Francisco had four personal-foul penalties, which is inexcusable.
Lynch a difference-maker: Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch had another big game against the 49ers. He had 98 yards on 28 carries and scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving). On a day when both quarterbacks were off, Lynch was the difference.
Injuries mount: San Francisco nose tackle Ian Williams broke his ankle in the first quarter, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The 49ers confirmed that Williams has an ankle injury, but not the severity. He appeared to be hurt on a low block by Seattle guard J.R. Sweezy. The 49ers can't be pleased. Williams was coming into his own. It will mean more opportunities for free-agent pickup Glenn Dorsey. Also, rookie safety Eric Reid left the game in the second quarter because of a possible concussion and tight end Vernon Davis left late with a hamstring injury. Both will be monitored this week. Defensive end Ray McDonald was also hurt late.
What’s next: The 49ers host Indianapolis on Sunday. It will be a reunion for San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Harbaugh coached Luck at Stanford prior to coming to the 49ers. The Colts are 1-1. They lost at home to Miami on Sunday. It will be the Colts’ first road game of the season.
September, 16, 2013
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com
SEATTLE -- A few thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 29-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers Sunday night at CenturyLink Field:
What it means for the Seahawks: Seattle gets the early upper hand against its NFC West rival in a game between two of the best teams in the NFL on a strange night that included an hour-long weather delay in the first half. It’s only two weeks into the season, but the Seahawks sent a message that they are the team to beat in the NFC.
Stock watch: The Seahawks' defense is taking up where it left off last season, when it allowed the fewest points in the league. Seattle has allowed only 10 points in the first two games of 2013, holding the 49ers to a field goal a week after they scored 34 points against Green Bay. After 13 receptions against the Packers, Anquan Boldin had one catch for seven yards against the Seahawks. The "Legion of Boom" secondary had three interceptions -- one each for Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor.
"Beast mode" is back: After a disappointing effort in the first game, Marshawn Lynch got the running game going and scored three touchdowns Sunday night, two rushing and one receiving.
Okung injured: The Seahawks lost Pro Bowl offensive tackle Russell Okung to a foot injury in the first half. Paul McQuistan moved from left guard to Okung's left tackle spot and struggled in the first half with 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith, but McQuistan improved in the second half.
Attendance record: The crowd of 68,338 was the largest ever for a Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field, topping by seven spectators the previous mark (from 2007, against the 49ers).
What’s next: The Seahawks play host to Jacksonville next Sunday, a game that brings back former Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who left at the end of last season to become the Jaguars coach.