The Seattle Seahawks finished the 2020 season at 12-4 with a 26-23 victory over the 49ers.
The Seahawks moved to 12-4 to finish the 2020 season in a game that was offensively ugly for three quarters and defensively decent but not great in a defeat of the 49ers in week 17 26-23. The worry is that this Seattle team, at least offensively, does not appear ready to be a dangerous playoff team. Seattle beat a banged-up 49ers team in week 17 and Seattle should have done better.
Until the fourth quarter, Seattle’s offense was terrible. Seattle had only scored 6 points heading into the quarter. But thanks to a lot of Tyler Lockett magic, Seattle was able to score 20 points and hold on for the win. Lockett was the player of the game with 12 catches on 14 targets and 90 yards and 2 touchdowns. He caught a lot of short passes for first downs and this was enough to make the offense look better than it really was.
I should mention that late in the game running back Alex Collins had to take some snaps after Rashaad Penny appeared to either re-injury himself or suffer from cramps and Collins scored a touchdown from 8 yards out that ended up being the difference in the game. If Collins has to back up Chris Carson in the playoffs, I would be OK with that.
Speaking of Penny, the graver concern for the Seahawks coming out of the game are injuries. Safety Jamal Adams suffered a shoulder injury and had to leave the game. Defensive tackle Jarran Reed also appeared to have an upper-body injury and left the game. Seattle cannot win long-term in the playoffs without Adams and Reed and they need to be ready for next week when the playoffs start for Seattle.
Seattle did hold the 49ers to 328 total yards and a bunch of those came on San Francisco’s final drive at the end of the game. The defense was good and has come a long way from the beginning of the year but I am not sure the unit is truly good enough to win a championship.
Or maybe they are and Russell Wilson and company aren’t. If you watched the first five games and fell asleep and just woke up to read this last sentence, I promise that is the truth. Now Seattle moves on to play the Rams (again!) in the first round of the playoffs in Seattle next week.