Dec 23, 2012, Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll gives instructions to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during a timeout against the San Francisco 49ers during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Grading the Seahawks after the 49ers Game:

Dec 23, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice (18) reacts after the Seattle Seahawks scored a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the 1st half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated San Francisco 42-13. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

As if we thought this 2012 Season couldn’t get any better, after back to back scoring 50 points plus, the Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers in decisive fashion 42-13. The Seahawks were able to beat the 49ers at their own game, Toughness. This game was over after the 1st Quarter, all of the national media had built this game up to be the game of the week and 2 minutes into the 2nd Quarter the Hawks were up 21-0. As a Seahawks fan you cannot help but get excited for what the future might hold and it gets even more exciting listening to all of the East Coast Biased media finally seeing how good Russell Wilson and company truly are.

Offense A+

This game was dominated by Russell Wilson, it was easy to forget or not even notice that Marshawn Lynch had 111 yards, 1 rushing touchdown and 1 receiving touchdown. Wilson’s numbers do not jump off the page but if you watched the game he was not overly pressured consistently throughout the game (although 49ers beast Justin Smith did not play). When the 49ers did get pressure on him he stepped up in the pocket or ran around with his eyes downfield looking to throw at all times. Wilson even ran around 1 time on a play that ended up lasting 17 seconds. His ability to move around in the pocket is one of his greatest strengths. In a typical December in Seattle where the rain continuously fell, Russell Wilson stood out among many stars by throwing 4 touchdowns.

The Seahawks Wide Receivers did not have huge numbers but they were surprisingly sure handed given the conditions. Doug Baldwin had 2 huge touchdown catches, and Sidney Rice again proved that he is the sure handed possession receiver the Hawks need on 3rd down. Anthony McCoy again had a touchdown as he is quickly becoming a huge target as the number 2 Tight End.

The Seahawks also were able to limit their penalties which have been a huge issue this season. The Offensive line has repeatedly killed drives with inopportune holding and false start penalties but they were almost nonexistent in this game. As a team the Seahawks only had 4 penalties for 45 yards.

Defense B+

The Seahawks had a bend don’t break attitude for this game. They allowed 313 yards and it seemed as though Colin Kaepernick was able to move up and down the field but the Seahawks Defense put the brakes on the 49ers drives once they got into the redzone.

The Seahawks secondary or the Legion of Boom as they are known; hit the 49ers hard right out of the gate. Vernon Davis left with a concussion on what appeared to be a clean hard hit from Kam Chancellor. Richard Sherman was all over the field as usual and he also had an interception in the end zone while guarding Randy Moss, Sherman appeared to bait Kaepernick into throwing the ball before flashing in front of Moss and snatching the ball.

The Seahawks were able to get a huge drive killing sack on Kaepernick. Although, this defense is predicated on speed and they need to start getting to the Quarterback with more regularity. The 49ers used a lot of short quick passes to not allow the Seahawks to use their Defensive lines speed.

Jeremy Lane made his second straight start at right corner in place of Brandon Browner (suspended) and Walter Thurmond (injured). Lane is a smaller corner (6ft) than Browner and so he is not able to use the bump and run quite as regularly but his smaller frame allowed him to stay with the quicker 49ers Receivers.

Special Teams B+

The special teams did not have a major role in this game. Jon Ryan only had to punt the ball 1 time. Steven Hauschka had zero field goal attempts and 6 extra points.

The major Special Team’s contribution came from (Big) Red Bryant as he blocked a short chip shot David Akers field goal early in the 2nd quarter. Richard Sherman picked the ball up and returned it for a Seahawks touchdown that seemed to take the wind out the 49ers.

Wrap Up

All in all this was a huge Win for the Seattle Seahawks. This was a Nationally televised game that showed the World that the Seahawks are no longer just a great Defensive team. In the words ESPN Merril Hoge “Seattle fans should be very excited about your Team, because Teams win Championships.” The Seahawks are no longer going to be unknown, the league is taking notice. The Seahawks are going into week 17 knowing that they are in the playoffs and they just need to keep their momentum because they are the hottest if not 1 of the hottest teams in the NFL. #InRusswetrust (Russell Wilson)

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  • Jarod R. Martin

    One of the really overlooked stats with the Seahawks this year (in my opinion) is that they have yet to lose by more than seven points. For a young team to not get blown out and be right there every game even with the “poor” road record is pretty impressive. One more reason they look to me to be such a tough out in the playoffs, they are always in the game.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      In my mathematical power rankings that will come out in the morning, I focus in on point differential. The Seahawks offense not averaging more than 10 more points per game than the defense is giving up. That is unheard of for a team with 5 losses, and can only happen if all of those losses are very close games.

    • Micah Nelson

      That is very true, this team has been in every game this year. There is a good article on the site about the 4 plays that kept this team from being the number 1 seed. The Seahawks have been so close so many times this year and it seems like they have won about half the close ones and lost half the close ones and then they have blown everyone else out!!!

  • Thetosh

    The grading is off. The offense deserves a B+. The defense deserves an A+. The special teams deserves an A.

    The Seahawks do not have a remarkable offense, at least not compared to the Patriots. ESPN has the Seahawks ranked at #8 offensively, so I think a B+ is accurate. Wilson had 15 completion out of 21 attempted and only 171 yards. Yes, he had 4 TDs, but when I look at actual offense production, Wilson didn’t generate a lot of offense to rate an A+. He is nimble…he has great poise…he is the future of the Seahawks offense. But, overall offensive generation is still above average, it is not spectacular.

    The defense definitely deserves an A+. Only 30 points allowed, 3 TDs scored, numerous sacks and fumble both caused and recovered in the last three games alone. Come on, this is the #1 rated defense in the NFL right now. They clearly get the A+.

    Special teams has done a very good job keeping returns by other teams form getting out of control. They have also managed to give a few decent runbacks. The blocked field goal attempt followed by Sherman’s recovery and TD is just icing on the cake. The ‘hawks special teams is among the best in the NFL right now…a solid A is deserved.

    I hate to see all of the credit for the Seahawks’ success go to Wilson, despite his amazing level of play. Not to take anything away from Wilson, but he and his receivers are only 50% of the reason for the Seahawks’ success right now. The other 50% belongs to their defense, which is aggressive, relentless, and punishing. Let’s give credit where credit is due – The defense is doing just as much, if not more, to help the Seahawks destroy opponents than their offense is.

    • Micah Nelson

      I understand what you are saying on all accounts, although just because Wilson didn’t create tons of yards, doesn’t mean he wasn’t having a great offensive day. The Seahawks scored 35 points (blocked field goal was the D) on the number one rated defense in the league. I agree the numbers were not massive but to control the game like that against a defense like that with the weather the way it was. This game was a great accomplishment for the Seahawks Offense. This wasn’t even our best offensive performance in the last month but again the 49ers Defense was lost. I hated giving an A+ because I feel biased but nobody in the league, including the Patriots put numbers up like that against the 49ers this year.
      As Far as the defense is concerned, I thought they had a great game, but we let them move up and down the field to often, I know they are good but over 300 yards of offense is normally going to get a team more then 13 points. we rushed the passer and put pressure on Kaepernick but I think that we need to get a few more sacks and not put all the pressure on our secondary.
      I agree our kick coverage was very good again this week so I am definitely flexible with my Grade their and they did create a touchdown.
      All in all I understand what you mean but I think you are downplaying how great of a offensive performance that was against one of the best Defenses in the League, with or without Justin Smith.