Posted September 16, 2013

Seahawks manage hour-long weather delay, throttle 49ers with timely defense

NFC West, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Uncategorized
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll celebrated his 62nd birthday in fine fashion. (Otto Greule, Jr./Getty Images)

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll celebrated his 62nd birthday in fine fashion. (Otto Greule, Jr./Getty Images)

SEATTLE — “What a frickin’ night.”

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll perfectly summed up his team’s 29-3 Sunday night dismantling of the San Francisco 49ers with those four words. Carroll was referring to a CenturyLink Field crowd that set the Guinness World Record for the loudest communal roar ever measured at a sporting event. But Carroll could have been referring to any number of things — the lightning storm that pushed the game an hour back, the way in which his quarterback started the game, or the way Seattle’s defense converged on Jim Harbaugh’s team like they were the bugs in “Starship Troopers,” and the 49ers were the outmatched mere humans.

“I’ve been coaching for a long time and UoP [University of the Pacific, where Carroll played in 1971 and 1972, and coached from 1973 through 1976] didn’t sound like that.  I’ve never heard a crowd like that.  That was so cool, to see them elevate for the night and really sustain it all night long.  To me, that’s the first thing to talk about. It was so much fun to be in the stadium, and our guys felt it and they played to it, and they put together a really good night.”

This game wasn’t pretty on either end. It was as old-school as you can get — a smashmouth street fight in which players on both teams were twirled right off their feet on a regular basis, and physical dominance determined the winner. And as a result, it was a near-perfect present for Carroll’s 62nd birthday.

Carroll, who preaches the gospels of defense, the power run game and select levels of opportunism with the elimination of one’s own mistakes, had a national stage in which to show off his young charges and what they’ve learned since their coach came up here from USC four years ago under some “interesting” circumstances. It was perhaps the most decisive win of Carroll’s career as an NFL head coach — even more so than last season’s 42-13 beatdown of the 49ers in Seattle — precisely because there were parts of the Seahawks’ attack that were questionable, at best.

“It was not clean,” Carroll said. “We had a lot of problems offensively, just moving forward and staying out of our own way. But the defense was so on it tonight, that it didn’t matter. We overcame a lot of stuff that we hurt ourselves on. What I saw is that we really took this game dead serious, just like a championship game, and just like in the opener [a 12-7 win over the Carolina Panthers].”

Russell Wilson started the game by completing one of his first nine passing attempts, but during the hour-long lightning delay that started at 9:05 p.m., Seattle’s second-year quarterback was able to set things straight. While his teammates were blaring music in the locker room and his coaches were going through game adjustments, Wilson took a shower and washed the inconsistencies away — well, most of them. He had completed zero passes in six attempts at the delay, and finished the game looking very little like the quarterback who tied Peyton Manning’s rookie record for touchdown passes with 26 in 2012.  He finished his day with eight completions in 19 attempts for 142 yards, one touchdown pass and one interception.

Through two games in 2013, Wilson has been bedeviled by the occasional failures of his offensive line, occasional miscommunications with his receivers, and a few timing issues on the anticipation throws he has mostly mastered through his short NFL career.

“I think the biggest thing is … not taking ourselves out of the situation,” he said. “I felt like going against the 49ers defense, if I had a hair bit more time, or if I would’ve made the right read a little bit quicker, whatever it was. And that goes with continuing to watch the film, that’s continuing to study. I’m continuing to learn every day. You just continue to adjust, continue to stay in the moment, continue to believe in your guys, and we’ll make the plays. I trust in every single guy no our football team to make the play when we need it, and we definitely did that when we had to.”

And yet, the smile on Wilson’s face at his post-game press conference was entirely genuine. Because when you play defense like Seattle did on this night, very little is going to slow you down. And when your franchise-defining running back scores three total touchdowns, as Marshawn Lynch did, the other stuff tends to fade into the mist.

Jim Harbaugh and Colin kaepernick had few answers for Seattle's defense. (Getty Images/Jonathan Ferrey)

Jim Harbaugh and Colin kaepernick had few answers for Seattle’s defense. (Getty Images/Jonathan Ferrey)

One week after the Green Bay Packers played 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick soft, waiting for him to act so they could react and allowing 412 passing yards as a result, the Seahawks eliminated him as a thrower by attacking him with all the force they could muster. They were seemingly unconcerned with Kaepernick’s athleticism, and his ability to make defenses pay for taking incorrect angles — they brought the house over and over, and Kaepernick finished his night with 13 completions in 28 attempts for 127 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. He led the team with 87 rushing yards on nine carries, but Seattle seemed willing to accept that little bit of collateral damage as the inevitable effects of a quarterback who had been bottled up for too long, was running out of air, and was thrashing around in desperation as a result.

“The scheme worked out really well tonight,” Carroll said. “We’ve been practicing for a long time, and it’s not an issue for us right now. He did a nice job scrambling, and he had a couple nice plays where he got some yards. He’s a great football player, and it’s a great scheme that they run. But all in all, it didn’t matter. They had 62 yards at halftime, and they took every shot they could at us. We were really fired up about that.”

The Seahawks dictated from start to finish in the parts of the game that both Carroll and 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh respect the most, and Harbaugh was left to wonder just what happened to the team that had the Packers so discombobulated last week.

“I’m certainly not proud of the way we played tonight or coached.” Harbaugh said. “It was not our finest hour.”

The only people who could claim that it was their finest hour were the guys on the side of the Seahawks’ defense.  Receiver Anquan Boldin, who riddled the Packers with 13 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown in his 49ers’ debut, was limited to one catch on four targets for seven yards in the follow-up. Cornerback Richard Sherman led the way in Seattle’s determination to stop Boldin, but it was a group effort. Sherman played Boldin tough at the line, and when Sherman went elsewhere, Seattle’s defenders would rotate coverage, switch out their concepts, and force Boldin to win extreme physical battles to even get open, never mind catching the ball. For a receiver who is known to “out-physical” every defender he plays, this was a different experience.

“I asked coach for a challenge,” Sherman said of his mission to stop Boldin. “There’s been a lot of things said this week, and he had a great game [against the Packers].  He had a resurgence, but there’s been a lot of talk about elite cornerbacks, and who follows who. I wanted to negate that.”

He also wanted to stand up for his quarterback, who “came out during the break [the weather delay], he came out with a shower and he looked like a baaaad man.”

Good-bad and bad-bad, which leads one to wonder: If the 2013 Seahawks can accomplish this when they’re firing on some cylinders, what will it look like when everything’s rolling?

“One thing as an offense that I wish we did better was when the defense made some plays and got us the ball, I wish we had capitalized a little bit more,” Wilson concluded. “We want to be 100 percent in the red zone, and we weren’t able to do that tonight. But we’re going up against a tough defense, and you’ve got to remember how good the 49ers are.”

In this case, you’d excuse the 49ers for forgetting that altogether. What a frickin’ night, indeed.

51 comments
CCUinMTL
CCUinMTL

Who knew that all of that Seahawks PED talk was actually about Premature Ejaculation Disorder!? Too bad they couldn't last past week 2.

rcv1
rcv1

I've just been educated on the fine points of brutal assault using a helmet, in which one man can, without any real impunity, assault another player who is already at a disadvantage with his head and helmet, with every possibility of permanently damaging that individual. Fines of $35,000 to $300,000 don't mean jack to the individuals perpetrating the thug mentality of injury at all costs.

What the hell does this country represent in the name of sportsmanship? Where the hell has the honor of being a man in a man's game gone?

What is this game worth to the owners of these teams? How much money buys the right to intentionally permanently disable another human being?

The world of advertising can take a stand and refuse to honor the teams that allow violence with intent to harm and disable.

The city council can refuse to host teams that allow violence with intent to harm and disable.

The state police can arrest any person committing acts of violence with intent to harm and disable.

Is there a shred of human decency left to interfere and put an end to murderous intent?

Don't wonder why the guys take the attitude off the field and into their personal lives and end up beating and murdering family members.

It is time for the people manning the driving force of team leadership to step up the plate and initiate a change back to the glory days of playing a sport well with integrity and honest sportsmanship that gives herald to the best a man has to offer.

TerrapinStation87
TerrapinStation87

All that trash talk by the 49ers and their fans. They lost the Superbowl with zero class, not taking any responsibility for a 28-6 deficit and horrid playcalling in the red zone. Did the refs aid the Seahawks last night also 49ers fans, or did you legitimately get beat? Now take your Childrens Tylenol and go to f'ng sleep.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

The Hawks exposed one important truth about Kapernick.  He can't complete passes to covered receivers.  He needs them to be wide open.  Fortunately for him the Packers left them wide open all game.  Against good defenses this isn't going to happen and after an off season to prepare for his running, he is going to be looking like a lost puppy not knowing what to do.  He is not near as good as people think he is.  

Thank you Seahawks for putting the overinflated ego of Kapernick and Harbaugh in their place and most importantly SHUTTING HARBAUGH UP.  My god I can't stand that dude and his whining anymore. 

Also, their defense is not near as good as people think it is.  How many games are they going to give up over 24 in a row before people realize they are not all that?  Hmmm?

Oh, one last thing... please tell Richard Sherman to S T F U.  It is getting real old with him yapping all the time.  Talk doesn't win anything.  

epicfailureismymiddlename
epicfailureismymiddlename

Longest run Kaep had was to the locker room at the end of the game. Showed excellent running skills-avoided every reporter on the field.

epicfailureismymiddlename
epicfailureismymiddlename

49ers get a total beatdown and King puts them 3? Had last week gift wrapped for them and had to come from behind, then the Hawks smoke em by 26 and that makes you 3rd strongest team in the nfl...They are lucky they aren't 0-2 now. Be lucky to go 8-8. Hawks will beat them in December, in spite of the refs and the home field. Hawks weren't even at full strength and Wilson played poorly much of the game and they got it handed to them. Shouldve been worse, hawks were gracious in kneeling down at the end.

Monterey
Monterey

49ers, pantsed by the Seahawks.

Michael M1
Michael M1

Great win for the Seahawks. No, it wasn't the Superbowl but it was a very important game for us. SF is in our division and we will probably face them in the playoffs. We want home field, badly. This is just one step, but we absolutely needed it. The game in Candlestick will be even bigger. It's not "Just one game" for either team.


Sloppy game on both sides, but I think that's what you get when 2 teams are playing flat out defense. The 49ers had some really costly penalties though. Had to hurt. Did you see how fast a lot of the 49er players went into the locker room? Kaepernick couldn't get off that field fast enough.

Vinny Cordoba
Vinny Cordoba

So glad to see the Niners get spanked. They have passed the Pats as the most annoying team in the NFL. Behind the Cowboys, of course, who pretty much retired the trophy.

CCUinMTL
CCUinMTL

Nice win by the Seahawks. My 49ers looked completely rattled and inept all night. There must be some voodoo in that stadium. Good thing it's only week 2. Though you wouldn't know it from the Seahawks reaction to this week 2 (aka last preseason game) victory. 

Smoothkaos
Smoothkaos

I'm not a fan of either team (GO CHIEFS!) but live in Sacramento. I think I'm going to go ahead and buy a couple of tickets to the game in SF between these two because I think the 9ers are gonna have something for them in payback.

Ciscos
Ciscos

For football purists what you saw is one physical team be more physical than another physical team.  I used that word three times because both teams are built that way.  Glad to see the Seahawks get the win (Anytime Pete beats John, I'm going to be happy about that).

Harbaugh can't blame anyone for this loss, not the fans, not the noise, and not the weather. Just take the loss, regroup and get ready for next week. These two teams will see each other again.

BTW, Niner fans - is LeMichael James injured? I didn't see him get in the game last night.  Was curious only.

Mech
Mech

All you 49'er TRASH TALKERS are gone now,,,, I told ya !!!  I TOLD YA !!!!  They could not score a TD,, they could not run and they cold not pass,,, SEATTLE DEFENSE shut down those boys ,,lights out !!!!! The scary thing is, Wilson had a bad night,, the offense wasn't rumbling like they did last game against SF when they beat them by 20 MORE then they did last night. See that picture of Carroll ,,,, they airbrushed out Harboughs HEAD from his hand there. He outcoached him , outplayed him and thrashed that boy like he has never been thrashed. Harbough was not in a good mood,,,,,, ooooohh that felt sooooo good. Trash talkers I will expect an immediate and witty apology.

JDT
JDT

Congrats Seahawks you won a game at home. And oh the Refs gifted wrapped you another game. Refs missed calls and did not make other calls, like both lynch's touchdowns should have been called for unsportsmanlike conduct.  This is just one game, and lets just remember Seahawks are a different team at home then they are away. Start winning big games on the road Seahawks. And if i remember right the Seahawks where alot of peoples pick to win the NFL West and go to the superbowl. Time to prove you are the team everyone things you are and win on the road. Not way Seahawks make it to the superbowl as a wildcard team. Seahawks want to be the 49ers, you still have away to go.

me1
me1

Any team that whines as much as SF does, deserves this silver platter treatment. I will cheer for whomever they play this year, not because I dislike them, but because I dislike their attitude.

Rebel
Rebel

I hope the 49ers picked up a Space Needle snow globe at the airport, so at least they could have something to show for their visit!

JPG
JPG

According to some this was the most anticipated matchup of the season.  

A monster game.

What I witnessed was a complete smackdown by a physical team over another team some in the media had already glorified and idolized into greatness.

What a frickin night indeed.


Marchoir
Marchoir

Didn't see Kaepernick smooching much on his biceps last night. Perhaps he needs a big "L" tattoo across his forehead. Wasn't Frisco supposed to be an unstoppable juggernaut, and the sexiest team in the league? It looked more like a Boyz to Men show. The 49ers were exposed as boyz they are, by the Seahawk men who steamrolled them. And who was the 49er who has yapping about "Shehawks" before the game? And where was that dominant, overpowering 49er offensive line? And where was Anquan? Richard Sherman had Boldin crying for his momma, and whooped him like he stole something.  But the star of this show had to be Kaepernick, the dynamic read option QB, who can beat you with both his arm and his legs.  Yeah, the hip, Nu-Look QB that was taking the league by storm. Style over substance was exposed last night. Substance wins every time.

rbfitz0529
rbfitz0529

I hate the 49ers and I hate the Seahawks--both teams will disappoint in the long run--when the NFL, the true equalizer--catches up with these "rookie" QBs.  But though I hate both teams, I love the Seahawks and their weather and their RBs and defense tonight.... ;)

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

Look out for Seattle as dominant a team as there is. shutdown defense hawks. Denver, Seattle class of the league so far. 

Sundodger
Sundodger

I've never seen a bandwagon empty so fast in my life.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@rcv1 Hahahahahaha.... oh man that entire post was so funny.  Thanks for the laugh.

JDT
JDT

@TerrapinStation87 WOW, Big talk from a fan base that is still talking about superbowl XL and how the refs screwed them. Did the 49ers lose the game yes. Are the 49ers fan upset about the outcome of the game and how it was called, yes. Should Seahawks fan be upset about how the game was called, sure. Oh and thanks for taking out are NT for the rest of the year, (low blow by Seahawks, chop blocks should be out of football).

TrevorRasmussen
TrevorRasmussen

@randomdeletion Loved your post cause you had something bad to say about BOTH teams! :-) Sherman does need chill out a little. Let his play get him recognized, not his mouth. He's a great talent though!

Mech
Mech

@CCUinMTL  Yeah you trash talkers have backed up now,,,before the game it was "biggest game of the season"  now its just one game or "aka last preseason game". I like the hawks chances but I like destroying the media frenzy around SF even more. Harbough is like the worst loser in history, his playground chalk was just rubbed out. I doubt very much Seattle will go undefeated, the NFL is too tough for that, but they will be in every game,,defense does that for ya.

Mech
Mech

@Smoothkaos BRING IT,,,,,,,,,,,,,, it will be a good game. They beat us last year but just barely, we are better this year.

KevinDoucette
KevinDoucette

@Mech It was one game not the Super Bowl. Take it easy. there's 14 more games before the playoffs even start. Ive seen many times before where one team kills one team one game and later in the year they win big the other way. Not a fan of either team but I am a fan of football. It wasn't a great game but a good win for Seattle. Long way to go though.

kobeby
kobeby

@JDT Did you watch the game!?!?  The refs were in the 49ers pocket, all night!!  And Seattle still persevered!  

The blocked punt that was the most obvious false start, in NFL history, Justin Smith standind on the ball, before it is snapped on the 4th and 1 play,  Sidney Rice getting called for spinning a ball in somebodies face!?!?

Watch the game and then hit the boards!

Mech
Mech

@JDT Why would we want to be the LOSERS you frat boys are. You got your A$$ handed to you last night on a platter. That was one of the most physical games ever,,,, and SF has some physical players but they got branded and sent to the showers. Lynch's TD's were walkers,,,, and even if he had been penalized 50 yards it wouldn't have helped your sorry butts... did you see the same game or are you fantasizing again. Get real,,,,,, the Hawks busted you big time and you cant admit it.

Ciscos
Ciscos

@JDT I have no dog in this fight, not even a rooster, but the refs missed calls on both sides of the ball.  I wouldn't say the refs gift wrapped anything for anyone. I would imagine with they play again in Candlestick, the Niners will hold serve.

JDT
JDT

@me1 Why you call the 49ers the whines???? Seahawks fans are still whining about superbowl XL.

Mech
Mech

@Rebel He he he,,,,,,,,,,,, they could get some nice parting gifts at the Seahawk store ,, maybe a Wilson Jersey.

Ciscos
Ciscos

@Marchoir smooching his biceps? LMAO. That was very funny...  good one.

E Money1
E Money1

@Marchoir Didn't this happen last year? Who went to the Super Bowl? One game buddy.

Mech
Mech

@Sundodger Yeah ,,,,,, and it will be hard for those analysts to talk about how good SF is now that they have been smacked down this badly early in the season. No matter who SF beats this year they will always have to refer to this game,,, ha hahaha.

MaxmillianDulin
MaxmillianDulin

@JDT @TerrapinStation87 Seahawks fan here - chop blocks should definitely be taken out of football! It is absurd that a hit like that is legal play. Our O-lineman hasn't even been fined for it. Not okay.

TerrapinStation87
TerrapinStation87

@JDT @TerrapinStation87 Comparing the rim job that the Seahawks got in Superbowl XL to the Ravens-Niners is like comparing the Godfather to Dude, Where's My Car?. The 49ers completely and legitimately lost that game. You were being blown out of the building 28-6 before a fortuitous power outage. Your play calling in the red zone was embarrassing. Even your own radio call- the SF radio call of the final play- admitted that no flag should have been thrown. Do you realize that? Don't compare apples to oranges, fool. You lost to Baltimore legitimately. Again, no responsibility. Have you taken your Childrens Tylenol yet?

Mech
Mech

@TrevorRasmussen @randomdeletion The pass interception Sherman had was magnificent ,,,,, his body control was amazing and he timed it perfectly.... but yeah,, the guy mouths off a little too much.

Mech
Mech

@KevinDoucette @Mech Gee thanks for your sage advice,,,but I was reacting to the trash talk early in the week from you forty whiners,,,,, now after getting trashed its like "only one game' and "the refs screwed us",,,,,,, I have confidence Seattle will be there at the end of the year,,probably lose a few too. But over all ,, a great team is looking even better.

JDT
JDT

@kobeby @JDT I might give you the blocked punt, but it was the Seahawks that snapped the ball and the Refs did not call the play dead. As far as Sidney Rice goes that is what we call taunting and the NFL is calling that more this year. Lynch should have been called of taunting on both of this TD, how is standing on the goalline not taunting?  

JDT
JDT

@Mech @JDT Yes the Seahawks did win the game, just saying that the Refs did not have a good game they missed calls on boths sides of the ball and made the wrong calls as well. If you want to call being the back to back NFC West champs and being the NFC Champs being losers then fine. 

Sashimomura
Sashimomura

@E Money1 @Marchoir 

One game indeed.  Jacksonville is next week. I wonder if they will put up a tougher fight??  

Looking forward to Dec 8 though...you guys should be much better at home...right??  Probably have a better chance at stopping lynch?  The seahawks can't possibly be getting any better right?? 

 Just ask Percy Harvin, Chris Clemons and Bradon Browner....



WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

@E Money1 @Marchoir True....but the over love the media gives SF makes them as sickening as the Heat.  Maybe Jim will shut up a little more as their talk doesn't win games

TC206
TC206

@j7apple HAHAHAHA the Texans?!?! haha i could name a least 2 more Anticipated and against better more dangerous teams

JDT
JDT

@TerrapinStation87 @JDT WOW, WOW, WOW. I was not talking about the Superbowl lose last year at all. All I was saying was your telling the 49ers fan base to get over a lose and to take responsibility. You do the same think about the superbowl, we did with are lose and we are just venting about a lose, and how it happend last night.

kobeby
kobeby

@JDT @kobeby Marshawn was using a time killing move..has been used by teams in the NFL, forever!  I do understand that the Seahawks snapped the ball on the blocked punt, put half of the line was standing up when they did!!!  How was it not a false start?