Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf Connect for 2 TDs as Seahawks Defeat 49ers

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2020

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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The Seattle Seahawks are a Super Bowl contender. The San Francisco 49ers, who lost in last year's Super Bowl versus the Kansas City Chiefs...well, they might be the worst team in the NFC West.

The Seahawks beat the Niners on Sunday, 37-27, in a matchup between two teams clearly heading in opposite directions.

Seattle's passing game continues to obliterate opponents, as Russell Wilson threw for four touchdowns, including two to star wideout DK Metcalf.

Seattle Seahawks @Seahawks

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Seattle Seahawks @Seahawks

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Jimmy Garoppolo and San Francisco's offense, meanwhile, struggled to do much of anything for the first three quarters, though Nick Mullens led the Niners to three touchdowns in the final frame after Seattle went up 30-7 to make things look a bit more respectable.

Why was Mullens in the game? Because it was a bad day for San Francisco. Both Garoppolo and George Kittle left the game in the fourth quarter, each limping to the locker room. For a Niners team that has been decimated by injuries this season, it was more potential losses to contend with going forward.

The win moved the Seahawks to 6-1 on the season, keeping them atop the NFC West for another week. At 4-4, however, the 49ers find themselves in last place in the division behind the Arizona Cardinals (5-2) and Los Angeles Rams (5-3).


Key Stats

Russell Wilson, SEA: 27-of-37 for 261 yards and four touchdowns; six rushes for 26 yards

DK Metcalf, SEA: 12 catches for 161 yards and two scores

DeeJay Dallas, SEA: 18 carries for 41 yards and a score; five catches for 17 yards and a touchdown

Bobby Wagner, SEA: 11 tackles (three for loss), two sacks, four quarterback hits

Jimmy Garoppolo, SF: 11-of-16 for 84 yards and an interception

Nick Mullens, SF: 18-of-25 for 238 yards and two scores

JaMycal Hasty, SF: 12 carries for 29 yards and a touchdown; one catch for two yards

George Kittle, SF: Two catches for 39 yards


The MVP Award Is Russell Wilson's to Lose

This dude is ballin'.

Wilson has now thrown for 26 touchdowns on the season to just six interceptions, putting him on pace for 59 touchdown passes this season, which would surpass Peyton Manning's NFL record of 55. He is on another level, quite simply.

Riley Michel @rileymichel

Most TD passes in first 9 seasons in #NFL history: Peyton Manning - 275 Dan Marino - 266 Russell Wilson - 252 and counting

NFL Research @NFLResearch

With 4 passing TD today, Russell Wilson is now up to 26 TD (& counting) this season, passing Peyton Manning in 2013 for the 2nd-most pass TD through the first 7 games of a season in NFL history Only Tom Brady, with 27 in '07, had more in the first 7 games of a season #Seahawks

Matt Maiocco @MaioccoNBCS

I’m not sure if anyone has said this, yet … but if he continues doing what he’s doing I think Russell Wilson deserves serious consideration for NFL MVP.

Maybe Wilson can keep up this level of play, maybe not. Don't bet against him. In Metcalf and Tyler Lockett he has one of the best wideout duos in the NFL. He's a dual-threat quarterback who always seems to make the correct decision. He's consistently been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

Seattle Seahawks @Seahawks

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Colin Cowherd @ColinCowherd

Russell Wilson in the red zone is a nightmare to defend.

He sure looks like an MVP. The six-time Pro Bowler has surprisingly never won the award. He's on pace to change that this season.


Is Anyone Still Standing in San Francisco?

The 49ers were thoroughly outplayed Sunday and are in major danger of missing the playoffs this season. But that has to be taken within the context of the absurd amount of injuries this team has suffered in 2020. If Garoppolo and Kittle miss more time—with a brutal stretch upcoming against the Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Rams and Buffalo Bills over the next five weeks—San Francisco's season might be over.

Ed Werder @WerderEdESPN

#Niners appear likely to finish this game without QB Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle), RB Tevin Coleman (knee). Plus TE George Kittle left this series injured and LB Fred Warner hurt his shoulder. The #Niners have 13 players on IR.

Michael Fabiano @Michael_Fabiano

Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) questionable to return. If he can't come back, Niners might be without him in Week 9 too. Short week on TNF vs. Packers

Jake Ciely @allinkid

At this rate, the 49ers aren't going to have any opening day starters by Week 10

These are dire times for the Niners. Perhaps a 4-4 record and injury concerns wouldn't be so fatal in the NFC East, a division featuring four teams with losing records. But in the stacked NFC West, it's starting to look like a death sentence for the Niners.

Matt Maiocco @MaioccoNBCS

The 49ers, right now, are Nathan’s Hot Dogs and the Seahawks are Joey Chestnut.

Yes, Mullens led them to three touchdown drives when he came into the game. He also came into the game with a career 4-6 record and 15 touchdown passes to 13 interceptions. Three good drives in garbage time don't make for a quarterback controversy, mediocre as Garoppolo has been.

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Akash Anavarathan @akashanav

Nick Mullens making throws down the sideline? Wonder if everyone's going to tell me that Kyle Shanahan wasn't calling these plays for Jimmy Garoppolo. (And no, Nick Mullens isn't better).

Patrick Claybon @PatrickClaybon

Nick Mullens always just watching, waiting to carve u up in relief, circling the field like a carrion bird

If the Niners can't get healthy or steal a few wins in the coming weeks against really good teams, they'll become the latest Super Bowl loser to miss the playoffs the next season. Life comes at you fast in the NFL.


What's Next?

Seattle has a tough road matchup against the Bills on Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox. The 49ers have a short turnaround and a tough opponent this week after Sunday's blowout loss, facing the Packers on Thursday Night Football at 8:20 p.m. ET on Fox and the NFL Network.


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