SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Seattle Seahawks (8-2) beat the San Francisco 49ers (8-1) in one of the most bizarre games I've ever seen. It took overtime for the second-straight week and Jason Myers kicked a game-winning 42-yard field goal as the clock ticked to zero. Had he missed, the game would have ended in a tie.
Russell Wilson threw a pick in Seattle's first drive of overtime, but he redeemed himself with a clutch 18-yard scramble to help get the Seahawks into field goal range at the bitter end. Myers, after missing two field goals and a PAT last Sunday against the Bucs, redeemed himself in a huge way, making both of his field goal attempts and all three of his PATs on Monday night. Here are three other takeaways from the insanity in Santa Clara.
1. Jadeveon Clowney powers Seahawks defense
Clowney was an absolute monster all game long. He carried Seattle's defense with five tackles, five quarterback hits, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one touchdown.
His 10-yard scoop-and-score put Seattle on the board and made it 10-7 in the first half. He later had a sack-fumble that resulted in another takeaway for Seattle's defense. Clowney put the heat on Jimmy Garoppolo throughout the entire game.
Seattle was liberal with the blitz and its pass rush was as productive collectively as it had been all season. The Seahawks finished with five sacks and 10 quarterback hits as a defense. That's a huge step in the right direction as it was the defense that kept Seattle in the ball game.
2. Turnovers galore
Seattle turned the ball over four times and San Francisco turned it over three times. Each team's defense scored once. Seattle scored 21points off of turnovers. Quandre Diggs intercepted Garoppolo on a pass that bounced off the hands of Kendrick Bourne. Poona Ford recovered a Garoppolo fumble forced by Clowney as well.
The 49ers scored on a sack-fumble of Wilson that was then fumbled by Germain Ifedi in what was a bizarre play. K'Waun Williams forced the initial fumble on the sack, and then Fred Warner punched it out of Ifedi's hands. DeForest Buckner ultimately recovered and ran it back 12 yards for the touchdown. Wilson was sacked five times in total.
3. Poor officiating
Seattle was called for two dubious helmet-to-helmet penalties. Neiko Thorpe made what appeared to be a perfect tackle on punt coverage, and Quinton Jefferson was flagged for lowering his helmet against Garoppolo, a penalty that wiped out a sack.
Meanwhile, the refs missed a late hit and a separate facemask against Wilson. The facemask came on the play where San Francisco scored a defensive touchdown. It's never wise to play the "blame the refs" game, but Seattle had a few legitimate gripes in this one.
Odds and ends
- Wilson finished the game with just 248 yards, one touchdown and one pick. The score was a four-yard pass to Jacob Hollister. It's unsure whether Hollister was the intended target, but the tight end made a fantastic one-handed grab anyway.
- Josh Gordon caught two passes for 27 yards. Each reception converted a clutch third down.
- Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright each dropped what would have been game-sealing interceptions on the 49ers final drive of regulation. Instead, San Francisco kicked a game-tying field goal and took the game to overtime.