This game was everything we thought it was going to be.
“They were…who we thought they were!” (hat-tip to Denny Green)
I was figuring, like I had with the Seahawks/Panthers game two weeks ago, that the first team to 15 wins. Well, San Fran threw two points away in favor of getting the ball with 40 seconds left to kneel down in the “Victory” formation, run out the clock, and go home with a win.
The previous play on 4th and 17, the right tackle got flagged for holding 2 yards deep in the end zone. That’s a safety. The Niners said nooooo, thank you, but we’ll take the result of the play – a 16 and a half yard gain, a foot short of the first-down marker, so there would be no chance of an onside kick (dunno why Seattle would bother, down by 9, but whatever). They just took the 13-6 lead and ended it, and rightly so.
The first half was the smash-mouth defensive struggle “that we THOUGHT it’d be” (hat-tip to Denny Green again) and ended with Seattle having the advantage, 6-3. Sometimes defensive struggles are enjoyable to watch just to see which team MIGHT string together a few first downs and get a long field goal or to see if a Ted Ginn, Jr. can work his return magic again – he had a kickoff AND punt return TD against the ‘Hawks in one of their two matchups last year – but both defenses held well.
What was the difference? In the Florida recount this time around, Gore won the numbers battle especially in the home stretch
just before the election in the second half. Gore was the Democrat machine last night, leading his team in both rushing yards (131) and receiving yards (51). He really “gashed” the Seattle defense in the second half with simple dives and “quick-openers” as both defenses began to look gassed from the physical game.
Rookie Russell Wilson again had a mediocre road game. His worst passer rating at home is better than his best on the road, and that’s not an unexpected thing for a rookie QB.
Marshawn Lynch had over 100 yards as he did most of his damage in the first 3 quarters and the Seahawks had little to offer in the second half. Wilson didn’t complete his first pass of the second half until midway through the 4th quarter as they were held scoreless after intermission.
I’m not sure if I had actually predicted a score beforehand, but the thought was the Niners, on the strength of home field, would win by about 4 points. They won by 7, so things went about the way I figured…one won in the trenches.