Instant analysis: Wilson comes alive late as Seahawks beat 49ers in Week 17


The Seahawks offense was asleep at the wheel for the first three quarters of the game before coming alive for the final 15 minutes. Seattle erased a 16-6 deficit, coming back to beat the 49ers, 26-23, while finishing the 2020 regular season with an impressive 12-4 record.

There weren’t any style points earned in the victory, and the win was largely irrelevant due to the Packers and Saints also winning on Sunday. Here’s what you need to know about a game that will be interpreted differently based on every individual’s level of optimism.

1. Is there reason to worry about Russell Wilson?

This is two weeks in a row now where Wilson and the offense have been miserably cold for the first half. The Seahawks scored just six points in both contests, including the Week 16 win over the Rams.

Seattle went three-and-out on both third quarter possessions, and even with the late surge with three-straight touchdown drives in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks still converted just 4-of-12 third-down attempts.

Wilson has looked out of sorts far too often over the last few months and while the Seahawks have faced a run of talented defenses, some concern over the offense as a whole seems fair.

Wilson finished the day with just 181 passing yards and two touchdowns on 20-of-36 passing.

Seattle’s defense saved the day again by keeping the Seahawks within striking distance, but it’s hard to imagine that being a winning recipe in the playoffs. Remember the Seahawks lost to the Packers in the postseason last year after an anemic first half offensively with just three points.


2. Record setting day for a trio of Seahawks

Wilson’s two touchdown passes gave him 40 for the season. Per NFL Research, Wilson joined Drew Brees, Kurt Warner and Tom Brady as the only non-first round QBs in NFL history to reach that single-season milestone.

Tyler Lockett caught 12 passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns. That gave him his second-straight 1000-yard season and set a new single-season franchise record with 100 receptions. Doug Baldwin and Bobby Engram shared the previous mark of 95.

DK Metcalf, despite a quiet day overall with just three receptions for 21 yards, broke Steve Largent’s franchise record for single-season receiving yards. Metcalf finished the regular season with 1,303 receiving yards.

Lockett and Metcalf became just the second pair of Seahawks teammates to reach 1,000 yards in the same season. Brian Blades and Joey Galloway were the others back in 1995.

3. Jamal Adams, Jarran Reed leave the game due to injuries

The Seahawks suffered two potentially significant injuries on Sunday. Reed left the game in the third quarter with an abdominal injury and Adams went down with a shoulder injury.

Adams had been dealing with an injury to his opposite shoulder earlier in the season. The star safety looked dejected on the sideline when the TV broadcast showed him on a few occasions. Carroll said post-game that the early indication from trainers is that Adams will play next weekend. Seattle won't know for sure until late next week, though.

Reed had been coming on of late and had 6.5 sacks in the regular season. Carroll said he has an oblique strain. Missing either player in the postseason would be brutal for the Seahawks defense.

Rashaad Penny also left the game late while clutching his right leg but Carroll clarified that it was just a cramp.