The Seahawks were in for a rollercoaster season
The worst of times came calling quickly for the Seahawks as they went on the road to San Francisco. Virtually everything that worked in the first game failed against the Niners. The defense again gave up over 150 yards more than the offense gained. Unfortunately, they weren’t nearly as good at keeping their opponents out of the end zone this time. Al Woods had three tackles for a loss but he was virtually the only standout on the Hawks defense. Tariq Woolen had Seattle’s play of the day, blocking a field goal that Mike Jackson turned into a spectacular 87-yard touchdown.
But that was it for the Hawks. Smith had one of his worst outings of the season as the Niners’ front seven’s pressure was relentless. Geno was hurried five times, hit seven, and sacked twice. He also threw his first interception of the season, as neither Rashaad Penny nor Kenneth Walker III could get going. The game was far worse than even the final 27-7 score made it appear.
When I say rollercoaster, that is exactly how the Seahawks’ season played out. There were tremendous peaks to be sure. How wonderful was it to flash your Hawks gear when the team was cruising along at 6-3? To be sure, there were balanced by the lowest of lows, as the Seahawks followed that great run by going 1-5 to tumble out of the playoff race, all the way to 7-8. A certain correspondent – who shall remain nameless – was so bold as to map out the path for the Hawks to win the NFC West when they were 6-4. Yeah, okay, it was me. They didn’t follow the path I expected at all, but they did forge their own path to the postseason.