It was a day of fallen records all over the NFC West today. Aldon Smith's 19.5 sacks marked a franchise record for the most sacks in one season for the 49ers. Frank Gore also set a 49ers franchise record of his own—he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the sixth time in his career. No other 49ers running back has ever had six 1,000-yard seasons before Gore.
However, the Seattle Seahawks had the only record of the day that truly required all hands on deck to accomplish. Pete Carroll's club managed to drop 58 points on an Arizona Cardinals team who are currently losers of nine-straight games after today's beatdown.
Seahawks win 58-0 earning their first shutout of the season and setting a franchise record for points scored in a single game. #AZvsSEA— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) December 10, 2012
There's plenty of praise that could be passed around in a 58-point walloping, but the Seahawks running game and cornerback Richard Sherman quite possibly had the biggest impact on Sunday's game.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell dialed up 42 run plays on the way to the best single-game rushing output since Coach Carroll took over in 2010. It took five players to get to 284 yards on the ground, yet Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin accounted for 236 of the 'Hawks 284 yards rushing.
Lynch didn't have to carry the ball much to impose his will. His three-touchdown, 128-yard performance on 11 carries was that much more impressive considering he was dealing with back tightness and stiffness from the end of the first quarter until he exited the game in the third quarter.
Lynch's three-touchdown performance was only the second three-touchdown game of his career.
In effort to rest No. 24's injury and keep him fresh for the stretch run, rookie running back Robert Turbin saw his first extended action of the season. As I mentioned above, it was his effort that helped the Seahawks' big day on the ground, moreover it proved to be the first time Seattle has had dual 100-yard rushers since 2005.
Shaun Alexander and Maurice Morris combined for 245 yards, so Turbin and Lynch couldn't quite topple their effort as they fell nine yards short—still, to have a similar rushing game that compares to the 2005 run game is impressive.
With two home games remaining against San Francisco and St. Louis, I'm sure Seattle would like to keep its momentum going from today. Unfortunately, there's one more road test in its way before it returns home to finish the season out at CenturyLink Field.
Next week, it will fly all the way across the country to take on the (5-8) Buffalo Bills. Even though the Seahawks only have two wins on the road this season, the odds are in their favor. The Bills are 1-2 against NFC West teams this season. Buffalo's only win against the West came in Week 6 at Arizona.
A five-game winning streak to close out the season and a first place finish in the NFC West is not out of the question considering the 49ers travel to New England next week and then come to Seattle the following week.
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