The Seahawks easily won a game they were supposed to win. They certainly had their flaws, but they’ll happily take their third win in a row.
It isn’t too often you get to admit you were wrong and be happy about it. Before the Seahawks took on the 49ers, I said that I was worried that this was a trap game. I was so concerned about it, I even went into more detail a second time. So of course Seattle crushed the Niners by 27 points. I’d love to take credit and say that Pete Carroll pulled up those articles for the team. I’m only foolish enough to write them, not think Pete Carroll reads them. Or would do anything but laugh, even if he did.
So I’m ecstatic to report the Seahawks won this contest going away. Seattle seems to specialize in odd games, but this has to be the strangest of the season. For one thing, it was apparently the first 43-16 score ever in league history. For another, here’s the stat line for Russell Wilson in the first half:
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4 for 6, 102 yards, 3 touchdowns. That’s better than efficient. It’s ridiculous. A few weeks ago I wrote it was very unlikely that Wilson would be able to maintain his crazy touchdown percentage with so few attempts. He was at 8.1 percent three weeks ago. After today, Wilson has pushed that number to 8.9 percent. I think it’s fair to say he’s pretty good. He certainly struggled at the start of the season, but he’s been amazing ever since.
Then again, he had another of those inexplicably bad moments late in the game. The Seahawks were ahead by about 300 points so it didn’t matter. However when you’re first and goal at the one yard line of your opponent, you really don’t want to take a 16 yard sack. In this game, it didn’t matter. In others, you just can’t do that.
Seahawks had more than one star today
A very big reason that play didn’t matter was the most spectacular play of the day by the spectacular Bobby Wagner. No, I’m not talking about forcing a fumble and recovering it in practically the same moment. Although, yeah, that was pretty cool. I prefer his 98 yard interception return, longest in Seahawks history. Come on, you know you want to see it again.
So as good as Wilson was, Wagner was even better. He comes up big in practically every game. Could be why he’s already leading Seattle in a major career stat and is closing in on so many others. We all knew he was good – make that great – but today was phenomenal. Take a look at his stat sheet.
All in all, I can’t say I’m too upset that I called this a trap game. Twice at that. If that’s all it takes to get a 27 point win, every game from now on is a trap. However, things weren’t perfect. Seattle gave up over 400 yards passing for the first time this season. The Seahawks were penalized 10 times today. Then again, the Niners were flagged 13 times. One brilliant tweet designated the game as today’s flag football special.
So the Seahawks still have some things to work on. Like, don’t give up 75 yard touchdown passes. But a day when you run for 168 yards, your quarterback throws four touchdowns with no picks, and your defensive star literally does *everything* on the field, is a very good day.