Reaction: Seahawks tune up for playoffs, win 25-23
This was not a pretty game but it was one that needed winning. Facing a feckless 2-14 San Francisco 49er squad, the Seattle Seahawks knew that playoff seeding was on the line, but played pretty poorly with that foreknowledge. The Seahawks would win 25-23, but often looked like a team that could not get out of their own way.
A 1st quarter flirt with disaster
The Seahawk were able to pounce on a fumble by the 49ers; however, other than converting that into a field goal the Hawks were dominated. Colin Kaepernick would go 8-8 and lead San Francisco to 2 touchdowns early in this game going up 14-3 by the beginning the 2nd quarter.
Eventually, the Seahawks found a way to get to Kaepernick and sack him 5 times to staunch the offensive assault. Colin would go 17-22 on the day with 215 yards.
Alex Collins sighting
Many Seahwks fans had wondered, with all these injuries, where the heck is 5th round draft pick Alex Collins? The rookie out of Arkansas finally go his chance replacing Thomas Rawls 1/2 way through the game to earn 7 carries for 55 yards.
While Collins didn’t impress with any big breakaway runs, he did have a stout effort and a 26 yard run to keep a late drive alive. On the season, Collins has 24 carries for 70 yards. But one wonders since Thomas Rawls has been injury prone, will Collins get the call during the playoffs?
Rawls ran a measly 8 times for 14 yards. While those 14 yards were hard earned, he did not look like he had the burst that we were used to from last season. On the year, Rawls is averaging a paltry 3.3 yard per carry with 335 yards in 8 games.
What was that all about?
With a couple minutes left in the game, the Seahawks were looking at a ruthless comeback by a 49er squad who had nothing to lose. After a TD that put San Francisco in striking range, the extra point was marred by Seahawk defensive lineman plowing over the 49er center earning him an ejection for unsportsmanlike conduct.
DE Frank Clark took umbrage to his teammate losing his cool proceeding to get into shouting match on the sidelines. The fracas that happened on the sidelines after almost shows more that Clark is developing into a leader in the defensive unit. This could be a good sign or a portent of doom. We will have to stay tuned for more information.
Hawks receiver Doug Baldwin caught two passes for 44 yards, tying the franchise record for catches in a season with 94. Baldwin tied Bobby Engram’s mark set in 2007 with an acrobatic 41-yard catch in the second quarter.
Also, San Francisco broke the franchise record for most yards allowed in a season. The Niners had already set franchise worsts for most points and yards rushing allowed in a season. This year’s team gave up 6502 yards, breaking the mark of 6,259 set in 2005. The Niners had already set franchise worsts for most points and yards rushing allowed in a season.
SSU Player of the game
Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner had 10 tackles and 2 sacks today making him our player of the game. Wagner is by far the most underappreciated and most important player on the team and the NFL. He should earn another All-Pro recognition and hopefully the adoration of the causal fan.
Next side up
With a loss by the Saints to the Atlanta Falcons, the Seahawks drop to the 3rd seed. The Hawks will not get a bye, rather they will take on the loser of the Green Bay/Detroit game Sunday night.