Quandre Diggs dropped the ball for the Seahawks
I’m much more accustomed to writing about a great play by Hawks free safety Quandre Diggs. Sadly, that is not the case this time. As much as Homer’s fumble cost Seattle, it pales in comparison to the mistakes we saw from Diggs. He literally had the game in his hands and dropped it.
On 3rd and 11 at his own 36, 49ers QB Brock Purdy dropped back and launched a rocket over the middle. Said missile found itself in the hands of Quandre Diggs. It appeared that he chose this moment to switch sports to volleyball, as he popped the ball three yards ahead of him for a perfect set. Diggs will make that interception in almost any other game. In fact, he has done so 13 times for Seattle coming into this season. Trust me, he’s beating himself up for this miscue far more than anyone else.
Sure, the Niners had to punt the ball anyway. But If Diggs makes the play, the Hawks would have had the ball at the fifty at least, and possibly far deeper into 49er territory. Maybe Seattle still throws the same pass to Homer, and maybe he loses the ball. But he wouldn’t have coughed it up in Seattle territory and given the Niners a two-play touchdown drive.
If that wasn’t bad enough, two of San Franciso’s three touchdowns can be laid at Diggs’ feet. Somehow, the Seahawks forgot that George Kittle is still one of the league’s best tight ends. This is despite the fact that he came into the contest with 41 catches in nine games. Somehow, Kittle was wide open not just once, but twice on each of his touchdown catches. Diggs may not have had the initial assignment, but he might as well have been in Yakima.
As I wrote at the beginning, if you’d told me back in early September that the Hawks would be 7-7 with four games to go, I’d have been ecstatic. Geno Smith had his issues last night, but he’s been a godsend for this team. The offensive line has its issues, absolutely, but it’s anchored by two rookies that will only get better. Homer and Diggs have made huge plays in the past, and they will again. But for this game, they simply couldn’t get it done.