Seahawks bounce back with 20-3 win over 49ers
After a pair of crushing losses featuring squandered fourth quarter leads, the Seattle Seahawks got back on track with a 20-3 victory over the struggling San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night.
It wasn’t a must-win for Seattle in the truest sense of the phrase, but it was a game the Seahawks had to win to avoid digging too big of a hole to climb out of.
Marshawn Lynch rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown and Russell Wilson passed for 235 yards and a touchdown as Seattle easily dispatched their division rival. It was Lynch’s first 100-yard game of the season for the Seahawks.
Seattle’s defense held the 49ers to just 142 total yards and a lone 35-yard field goal from Phil Dawson. In the last three meetings between the two teams, the 49ers have scored just 13 total points. San Francisco had more punts (9) than first downs (8) and Colin Kaepernick was sacked six times. Michael Bennett’s 3.5 sacks of Kaepernick move him into a tie with Carlos Dunlap for the league lead.
Kaepernick was 13-of-24 for 124 yards on the night.
Seattle opened the game with their longest touchdown drive of the season in terms of time of possession. Marshawn Lynch scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to cap a 12-play drive and give the Seahawks a 7-0 lead.
After a 49-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka, Wilson connected with Tyler Lockett for a 43-yard touchdown late to give Seattle a 17-0 halftime lead.
Wilson was intercepted twice on a pair of forced throws downfield - one to Doug Baldwin in the end zone and another to Jermaine Kearse. He was also sacked five more times, which brings his season total to a league-leading 31 sacks. Despite the interceptions, Wilson finished 18-of-24 for 235 yards on the night.
Hauschka added a 46-yard field goal in the fourth quarter and is a perfect 16-of-16 on the season.