The San Francisco 49ers were supposed to be the class of the NFC, head and shoulders above the rest. Colin Kaepernick represented the future of the quarterback position, after his 400 yard display against the Packers in week 1 he had shown he could do it all in the NFL. Surely, the 49ers would not be stopped on their way to Super Bowl redemption. Apparently someone forgot to tell the Seattle Seahawks, who thanks to running back Marshawn Lynch turned on Beast Mode in a 29-3 dismantling of their rival.
It may just be one game out of a long 16 game NFL season, however the Seahawks have to feel like they have proven to the world that they, not the 49ers, are the class of the NFC. Overcoming an hour long weather delay and a far from stellar performance from quarterback Russell Wilson, Seattle’s defense and running game proved themselves to be elite once again.
This marks two straight victories for Seattle over San Francisco. The combined score of those games, 71-16.
Defensively, the Seahawks pressured the 49ers into submission. Colin Kaepernick was dreadful Sunday night. Passing for just 127 yards with no touchdowns while producing the first three interception game of his career. The read-option stud was able to add 87 yards with his legs, however he fumbled once. 4 turnovers and no touchdowns is not a recipe for success.
Richard Sherman, who had one of those interceptions, mocked his opponent and the experts after his team’s win. “We did what we expected. I think you guys expected something different. A little more Kaepernicking? A little more something like that?” he said as he mimicked Kaepernick’s signature bicep-kissing touchdown celebration. “We didn’t expect any of that.”
Marshawn Lynch started the season slowly, stumbling through the first three halves of play. But then the second half kicked off and he flipped the switch. Beast Mode was on. Marching down the field for two 80 yard drives, Lynch would roll through the 49ers defense in the second half. He finished with 28 carries for 98 yards, and added 37 more receiving yards. Most impressive was the fact that he found the end zone three times in the final half of the game.
Seattle’s dominance was greatly aided by the “12th man” who became the loudest outdoor stadium with their cheering at Century Bank Field during the game. The roster is enough to contend with, throw in the noise from the fan and its hard to envision a scenario where this team loses at home.
Senior Sports Editor
The Guardian Express