For Pete’s sake: Not all Seahawks were bad versus 49ers

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Seahawks RB Kenneth Walker III
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The Seahawks legs kept them in the game

At least, those legs kept them in the game for the first half. Most of the running was courtesy of Kenneth Walker III. He had 13 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown at the end of the first half. He didn’t break off another spectacular 60-yarder, but you can’t always make those happen on your first carry of the game. The fact that he only saw the ball twice in the second half had a lot to do with the Hawks ineffective play on offense in the second half.

Seattle handed off to DeeJay Dallas twice in their ill-fated drive after the Niners took the lead back in the third quarter. Walker got the ball once. Dallas was a legitimate MVP of the game vs the Jets, but he wasn’t going to be the answer against the 49er defensive front seven. The Hawks needed the explosive burst from Walker and failed to use him. By the time they got back to him, Seattle needed to throw the ball. The Hawks can’t repeat this mistake in the future.

As for Geno Smith, yes, he made two critical errors. Maybe one, because it’s hard to blame him for the strip-sack fumble. I mean, he had like 27 Niners on him in about one second, so that was simply great play by the other guys. Geno picked up 28 yards on four carries, twice for first downs. Still, Walker was the workhorse when the Hawks were in the game. That’s a lesson the Hawks need to take to heart in the future.