The Seattle Seahawks (7-5) used an efficient first half on their way to an emotional 43 to 16 win over the San Francisco 49ers (2-10) Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field. The emotions were triggered by the return of former Seahawks player Richard Sherman who was making his first appearance in front of the Seahawks fans after his departure to the 49ers during the offseason.
With the forgotten warrior theme in the background, a football game broke out. For the Seahawks and 49ers, all that former hero returns bit is all well and good but win a was the objective of the day. The 49ers were out to snap a two-game losing streak while the Seahawks were looking to make it three wins in a row.
A balanced and efficient first-half effort by the Seahawks offense saw the home side extend its win streak to a season-best three games. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson attempted six first-half passes and three of the four completions were for touchdowns. Wilson’s three touchdown passes were to Jaron Brown for four yards, Tyler Lockett for 52 yards and Doug Baldwin for one yard.
The Seahawks celebrated the Brown touchdown with an imiatiton of the Richard Sherman tip that sent the Seahawks to Super Bowl XLVIII.
” That was a tribute to my boy ( Richard Sherman). I know you guys think that we’re robots and that was not human and that we don’t have emotions, ” Seahawks Wide Reciever Doug Baldwin said after the game. ” Sherm his obviously one of those guys that has done so much for this organization that we thought t it would be nice to give him a tribute and we had an opportunity to do so. I know it was kind of weird, we’re scoring, he’s on the other team, we’re doing the tribute, but that was in our hearts this week.”
The lone buzz kill was the missed extra point by Sebastian Janikowski. In additon, to the passing game, the run game was also clicking for Seahawk who rushed for 90 first-half yards. Linebacker Bobby Wagner who played one of his best game as a Seahawk forced a fumble that the offense was unable to convert into points all the defense gave up was a late first-half field goal
Tyler Lockett returned the second half kick to the San Francisco 20 yard line and all it took for the Seahawks to cash in on the 69-yard return was a Rashaad Penny 20 yard run on the offenses first play to balloon the Seahawks lead to 27-3. San Francisco quarterback Nick Mullens connected with former Husky Wide Receiver Dente Pettis with the first of his two touchdown throws. The first was from 17 yards.
Wilson’s third TD to Brown for 18 yards gave the Seahawks what looked like a comfortable lead at 34 to 10 to start the fourth quarter. Mullens and the 49ers still had some fight left. Mullens connected with Pettis for the duo’s second TD play which was straight out a 75-yard grab and dash down the heart of the Seahawks defense. The two-point attempt by 49ers failed and Janikowski’s 40-yard field goal on the Seahawks next offensive possession gave the team some breathing room at 37 to 16. Linebacker Bobby Wagner put an exclamation mark on what had been a pro- bowl day when intercepted a Mullens on the 49ers next offensive possession and returned it 98 yards for the pick six.
The play was the longest interception return for a touchdown in Seahawks team history. In addition to the pick-six, Wagner finished the game with eight solo tackles, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble. Wilson finished the game with four touchdowns. See game book below for complete stats from both teams.