49ers at Seahawks: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Seattle

Marlon Maloney@@marlonmaloneyCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 2013

Dec 23, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during the second half against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated San Francisco 42-13. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
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Seattle came into the second half and dominated throughout. The Seahawks forced three turnovers in the second half and seemed to have the 49ers offense, as a whole, completely flustered. The Seahawks improve to 2-0, and they take the sole ownership of first place in the NFC West.


San Francisco - 3

Seattle - 29



Game Analysis for the Seattle Seahawks

Pass Offense: The passing game never really got going, but they were able to pick up big plays when they needed them. Wilson finished the night 7-of-17 for 135 yards, one touchdown and a pick. Golden Tate had another quiet night, while Marshawn Lynch led in receptions with three. The Seahawks will need to find more consistency from its receiving corps before their second-half dominance runs out.

Run Offense: Marshawn Lynch only got stronger as the game wore on. He finished the night with 98 yards on the ground, 37 yards receiving and three total touchdowns. Robert Turbin offered a great change of pace, picking up 30 yards on five carries. The offensive line was able to create much more space than they could against the Panthers in Week 1. As a team, Seattle had 167 yards rushing.

Pass Defense: After 13 catches and 208 yards, Anquan Boldin was nowhere to be found. Richard Sherman shut him down all night and held him to one catch. Sherman also picked off a deep pass in the second half, giving Seattle its second of three interceptions. The defense was also able to sack Kaepernick three times.

Run Defense: Kaepernick finished up with 87 yards rushing on scrambles, but on designed runs, the 49ers were far and away ineffective. The usually overpowering 49ers offensive line could not create any running lanes for Frank Gore or the name-calling Anthony Dixon.

Special Teams: The Seahawks will look at the film to see what happened on the blocked punt, but otherwise, the unit was very effective. The 49ers were never able to mount any dangerous returns, Golden Tate had a few nice punt returns, and Steven Hauschka nailed both of his field-goal attempts. The Seahawks tacked on a fumble recovery on a kick return late to add salt to San Francisco's wounds.

Coaching: Pete Carroll coached a quality game. The defense frustrated Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers offense, drawing penalties left and right. The running game allowed the Seahawks to control the clock and pick up points after four San Francisco turnovers. 


First-Half Analysis for the Seattle Seahawks

Pass Offense: Russell Wilson got off to a brutal start, going 0-of-6 with an interception at the end of the first quarter. His first completion went for 35 yards thanks in part to some busted coverage by the 49ers. The offensive line showed a bit of improvement from their Week 1 performance in Carolina. The amount of hits Wilson is taking is still a point of concern.

Run Offense: Marshawn Lynch has been the entire Seattle offense so far. He finishes the half with 50 yards rushing and a 35-yard reception. This is where the offensive line has really shown improvement today. The running game is breaking off runs at 4.4 yards a clip. Lynch has 66 yards on 13 carries.

Pass Defense: Colin Kaepernick hasn't fared much better. The Seahawks pass defense has been up to the task yet again, holding Kaepernick to 6-of-13 passing for 46 yards and an interception in the end zone. The Seahawks have picked up two sacks and have harassed Kaepernick all day, leading to a fumble and a safety.

Run Defense: Kaepernick leads the team in yards with 28, so it's pretty clear the 49ers defense is a bit discombobulated. The 49er running backs have combined for a total of eight yards on seven carries.

Special Teams: Golden Tate has done a great job of helping to swing the field position into his team's favor. The team did have a punt blocked, but the 49ers couldn't take advantage. Jon Ryan is averaging a meager 35 yards per punt, which is something to be aware of. Steven Hauschka made a 30-yard field goal to widen his team's lead. 

Coaching: Pete Carroll has to be happy his team has the lead at this point, despite Russell Wilson's almost invisible first-half performance. The Seahawks defense continues to show why it was ranked No. 1 overall in 2012. We'll see if some halftime adjustments can improve the passing game once again.