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The Seahawks have struggled to get their passing offense going, and the team's top receiver is starting to show his frustration.
Both of the NFC West teams playing Sunday registered losses, assisting the Seahawks' cause in the division.
The Seahawks were the fifth road team to lose a Thursday Night Football game this year.
"I had a few opportunities where I could have made some plays, and I didn't come through," Tate said. "It's uncharacteristic of me. But I'm not discouraged at all. I'm going to continue to work hard, and I'll be back next week."
Tate finished the game without a catch, and was pulled after his second dropped pass of the evening in favor of Braylon Edwards. He would later return to finish the game. At the start of the third quarter, Tate dropped a perfect pass from Wilson with a lot of wide open space around him.
"I tried to make a body catch when I should've caught it with my hands," Tate said. "Looking at the replay, I felt I could've done what I do best, which is getting some yards after the catch."
Dropped passes are an everyday part of the life of a wide-receiver, but they are more evident with a Seattle Seahawk team that features a rookie quarterback and one of the worse pass offenses in the league. The Seahawks are ranked 31st in the NFL at just 161.9 passing yards per game.
In a defensive, grind out game like the one on Thursday night, those dropped passes really magnify when scoring comes so difficultly.
"I feel like I definitely should have made one of those, and that's all we needed," Tate said. "We needed one of those to be caught, and we would've scored or got a field goal before the half. And we would've taken the momentum into halftime."
Tate has 13 receptions for 191 yards and three touchdowns on the year.
Mike Salk, co-host of the Brock and Salk Show on 710 ESPN Seattle, wrote an encouraging column Friday morning advising Seattle Seahawks fans not to hit the panic button following Thursday night's 13-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
While Salk does admit that the team "squandered plenty of opportunities" Thursday in an important divisional battle, he still just wants everyone to remember that the team remains in "tremendous shape."
"Does anyone come away from this loss thinking Seattle can't play with the Niners? I sure don't...The Hawks are young team with a bright future. This loss is nothing more than a learning rung on their ladder to success."
Salk also took a moment to remind fans that despite all the receiving drops and poor play from the rush defense, the Seahawks still have a "gigantic secondary," a "powerful force at running back" and "a precocious young quarterback with a strong arm, quick feet and a flare for the dramatic."
And the Seahawks will be looking to put all of those positives on display two Sundays from now when they head to Detroit to take on another playoff-caliber team in the Lions.
The Seahawks had a chance to win or tie the game with less than two minutes remaining.
The 49ers won the battle of the defenses as both defenses showed up but the 49ers' offense was able to get the one touchdown needed to pull out the win.
San Francisco took the lead on an 86-yard touchdown drive after gaining just 12 yards in the second quarter. The 49ers ran 10 plays, gashing the Seahawks both on the ground and through the air. Frank Gore has been the focal point of the 49er offense as he's rushed for 66 yards on 12 attempts while also catching five passes for 51 yards. The 49ers capped the drive with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith to Delanie Walker.
While the 49er offense has started to have some success, the Seahawks' offense struggled in the third quarter. Seattle gained 50 yards on two drives in the quarter, but their possessions ended in a punt and Russell Wilson's first interception of the game. Wilson has completed 6-of-16 passes for 103 yards through three quarters.
San Francisco will have the ball in Seattle territory when the third quarter begins.
The Seattle Seahawks have a 6-3 lead at halftime of their game against the San Francisco 49ers. The game has been a back-and-forth defensive battle with neither offense able to find the endzone in the first half.
Seattle scored on each of its first possessions, taking a 3-0 lead and then going back up 6-3 after the 49ers tied the game. While the Seahawks lead, they missed several opportunities in the first half. Rookie running back Robert Turbin dropped what could have been a potential touchdown on the first drive and Steven Hauschka missed a 51-yard field.
While the offense has been up and down, the Seahawk defense was solid in the first half. San Francisco was able to move the ball during the first quarter, but gained just 12 yards in the second quarter. Seattle out-gained San Francisco 177 yards to 115 in the first half.
Marshawn Lynch was solid in the first half for Seattle, rushing for 55 yards on nine carries. Seattle will receive the kickoff to open the second half.
Doug Baldwin left Thursday game with an ankle injury and won't return.
San Francisco got the ball fist and was able to drive into Seahawk territory, but the offense stalled and the 49ers punted. Andy Lee pinned the Seahawks at their own 4-yard line, but Russell Wilson was able to move Seattle. Wilson completed 3-of-5 attempts on the drive, setting up a 52-yard field goal from Steven Hauschka.
Seattle could have had more on its first drive, but rookie running back Robert Turbin dropped a perfectly thrown ball that would have moved Seattle deep into 49er territory. Turbin had a step on the 49er defender and may have scored if he was able to haul in the pass.
The 49ers were once again able to move the ball into Seahawk territory on their next drive, but were forced to settle for a David Akers' field goal. San Francisco finished the first quarter with 98 yards and controlled time of possession 9:29 to 5:31.
The Seahawks gained 49 yards on 10 plays in the first quarter with Marshawn Lynch rushing for 17 yards on five carries. Seattle will have the ball at its own 27-yardline when the second quarter begins.
The 49ers and Seahawks have announced which players are out for Thursday Night Football.
Even the Electric Light Orchestra couldn't write a song that describes fully what we will witness tonight
The Seattle Seahawks will look to win their first division game when they head to San Francisco to play the 49ers on Thursday.
Guard John Moffitt is still out for the Seattle Seahawks with a knee injury, while Joe Staley and Mario Manningham are questionable for Thursday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Russell Wilson's stay as an NFL quarterback is far from over. But the wheels that got him there have been in motion for generations. Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote a dazzling piece on the history of Russell Wilson's family, and how their journey and belief in education made Wilson's success an inevitability.
The Wilson family tells the story of America, from Russell's great-great-grandfather's release from slavery to the quarterback's father, who played football at Dartmouth. Phillips hits hard how valuable education has been to the Wilson clan, even providing an anecdote about Russell's father telling the high school football coach that his son was there to learn and that football should come second. The elder Wilson earned a law degree from the University of Virigina, and wasn't going to let his son get caught up in the pressure-packed world of athletics
The former Wisconson Badger and former two-sport prospect has found success in the NFL, leading the Seahawks to a 4-2 record in his first season. The Seahawks drafted Wilson in the third round with the 75th overall pick, a pick that looks more like a steal with every game he plays.
It takes longer to prove yourself in the NFL when you shuck conventions and go against the prevailing winds. But the Seattle Seahawks defensive ideology may become the convention if they continue their recent run of success. Head coach Pete Carroll has put together a unit that ranks second in scoring defense and fourth in total yards allowed through six games. And he's doing it without players high-profile players.
You won't find a Revis or an Urlacher or a Peppers on the Seahawks, but you will find three guys in the secondary who made the Pro Bowl last season. Brandon Browner has emerged as a top cornerback, and the safety tandem of Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor is unrivaled in the NFL. Richard Sherman, who plays opposite Browner, is no slouch at his position and provides the team with intensity. But the truly unconventional thing about this unit is their size.
While most cornerbacks give up size to the receivers they are covering, Browner and Sherman stand tall at 6'4" and 6'3", respectively. This increases the physicality they can bring to the position and makes them deadly on jump balls. Their size is paired with the hard-hitting Thomas, who Seattle drafted in 2010 with their first-round pick.
Before opposing offenses can get to the Seahawks elite secondary, they have to go through a speedy front seven that features sack-machine Chris Clemons. The University of Georgia product has produced 29 sacks in his 38 games since coming over from Philadelphia.
The mix of speed and power on Seattle's defense has made the likes of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo head into the locker room as losing quarterbacks.
Talking about a few things that must improve quickly in order for the Seahawks to win on the road vs. the 49ers
The Seahawks face an important road game when they visit the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night.
Marshawn Lynch was the first 100-yard rusher against the San Francisco 49ers last year, and Patrick Willis is looking forward to the challenge of stopping him.
Seattle Seahawks second-year cornerback Byron Maxwell did not practice on Tuesday, according to a report from Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR. The former sixth-round pick aggravated a nagging hamstring injury in the Seahawks 24-23 win over the New England Patriots on Sunday. Maxwell will be evaluated further as the week progresses.
Guard John Moffit is out with knee injury and will not play in Seattle's game on Thursday night against the San Francisco 49ers, according to head coach Pete Carroll.
Strong safety Kam Chancellor (ankle) was limited in Tuesday's practice.
Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, who has been struggling with a strained groin sustained in Week 5, was able to fully participate in Tuesday's practice. The former Memphis tackle has been a key contributor to Seattle's nickel defense in 2012.
Kickoff for Thursday night's game between the Seahawks and 49ers is scheduled for 5:20 p.m. PT at Candlestick Park. The game will be televised on the NFL Network.
The Seattle Seahawks have the best home field advantage, according to a study by The Harvard College Sports Analysis Collective.
Against the San Francisco 49ers in the Bay Area this week, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will perhaps face his toughest challenge yet. Wilson said in a media conference call that getting rid of the ball quickly will be key in avoiding sacks and moving the ball against a defense known for its pass rush.
Wilson also addressed his height, downplaying his 5'11 stature as being a disadvantage:
"My height's not a factor at all. My height does not define my skill set. I try to have a high, quick release, throw the ball on time. Sometimes I may have to find a lane just like any quarterback who might be 6'2. Some of these guys are 6'7 on the other side of the ball, so sometimes you've just got to make a play and find ways to be on time with the football. You know where your guys are and where they're going – you just have to deliver the ball accurately and on time."
Rookie quarterback Russell WIlson had one of his best games of the season in last Sunday's 24-23 win over the New England Patriots. While throwing for 293 yards and three touchdowns was impressive, the most encouraging aspect of his performance might have been his ability to stretch the field and attempt deeper passes than he had in recent weeks. Wilson completed five passes deeper than 20 yards downfield on Sunday, which represented 33.3 percent of his attempts on the day.
Carroll said in the interview that the increased number of deep balls thrown by the rookie was no mistake:
"We gave him plenty of chances to bomb 'em and he did it. He's thrown the ball deep really, really well. We've all seen him do that in practice and he's done it in games as well. He got the chances, he got the protection, guys ran some beautiful routes for him and then made the plays at the other end."
Carroll also stressed the importance of having the fleet-footed rookie quarterback's ability to throw on the move:
"If we can get that part going, that's the most difficult play in football to deal with because you don't know what's going to happen and you don't know when and where it's coming. It's such a great accent when you can stretch the field that much [combined] with the running game that we have. It can make us a very solid offense here in the next few weeks."
The Seahawks square off against the San Francisco 49ers in a Thursday Night Football matchup that will be televised on the NFL Network. Kickoff is slated for 5:20 p.m. PT.
The web was buzzing when Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman tweeted about Tom Brady asking him and Earl Thomas to see Brady after the game. Of course, Brady did so when the New England Patriots were beating the Seahawks in the second half before allowing a comeback by Seattle.
Having the last laugh, Sherman met with Brady after the game as asked. But the tweet has since been deleted, and on Tuesday both Sherman and Brady were playing cool.
Sherman told KJR in Seattle that he felt like his trash talk helped bait Brady into throwing toward him, leading to an interception. He wouldn't elaborate too much about the conversation after the game, according to the discussion posted on Sports Radio Interviews:
"A little of this, little of that. … We're going to leave that out there. We're going to leave that for him and me."
Said Brady of Sherman, via a transcribed interview with Jim Gray from Sports Radio Interviews:
"He's a very good player and I have a lot of respect for that defense and certainly that secondary. They play very well together. My dad taught me at a young age to play with class and respect and give my opponents respect, and certainly I have a lot of respect for the Seahawks."
Brady and the Patriots led 23-10 with eight minutes to play in the fourth quarter before Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson helped Seattle win 24-23 thanks to two touchdown passes.
Following the San Francisco 49ers' 26-3 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, ESPN commentator Matt Millen went on 95.7 The Game and was apparently quite critical of linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman, calling the loss the duo's worst game they had played with each other.
Willis appeared later on the show and was asked to respond to Millen's comments. In short, he said it was a bad day, but Willis then gave the following gem, per a transcription via Sports Radio Interviews:
"And whoever this Matt Millen guy is, I'd like to ask him if he could do what we do every day and do what we do for 16 games a year and see if he can hold up every game. I doubt he would. I doubt he would be able to consistently play at a high level as Bowman and I do. I really don't care about what this guy has to say."
Millen was a linebacker for more than a decade in the NFL and played for San Francisco from 1989-1990. He was a four-time Super Bowl Champion and two-time All-Pro before he went on to work in the Detroit Lions' front office.
Since leaving the NFL, he has worked across several networks as a commentator.
The Seattle Seahawks are being rewarded for their patience. They have allowed rookie quarterback Russell Wilson go through his ups-and-downs without ever showing signs of turning their back on him and handing the reins of the team to a veteran quarterback.
Wilson squashed any of that talk with his performance against the New England Patriots on Sunday, especially in the fourth quarter when he led his team to a comeback victory.
The Seattle Times' Jerry Brewer had this to say about Wilson's performance and what it should do to the naysayers.
What did 293 passing yards, three touchdowns and a 13-point comeback in the last seven minutes and 21 seconds do for Wilson? It should close the door on the weekly conversation about whether he's the right starting quarterback for the Seahawks.
The possibility of a switch at quarterback was broached after four games of erratic offensive play but Wilson has turned it around in the past two weeks with 514 total passing yards. He only threw for 594 in his first four games combined.
Don't lock the door and throw the keys into the Puget Sound just yet. Just close it. Get rid of the draft. When you examine Wilson's performance over the past two weeks, his remarkable progress shows he is rewarding the Seahawks for their patience. He's no longer the befuddled young quarterback that he was in the first four games. He's graduating from game manager to game influencer.
With a defense like the Seahawks have, if Wilson can perform close to the level he performed at on Sunday on a semi-regular basis, the Seahawks will be a team nobody wants to play come playoff time.
After Seattle stunned New England with a 13-point comeback victory in the fourth quarter, Patriots Head Coach Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady complimented the play of the Seahawks while relishing in their own mistakes.
Belichick told Ryan Divish of The News Tribune that the issue wasn't the ending of the game, but the team's performance overall:
"We just didn’t play well the whole game today so it was the end of the game, it was the first half, second half. We played in spurts, we just didn’t play well enough and we had too many chances we didn’t take advantage of."
Brady, who threw for 395 yards on 36-of-58 passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions, added:
"They are a good defense, no doubt about it. They can rush the passer, they have been doing that all season. They can cover well, we had quite a few yards, and moved the ball up and down the field at times but we just really squandered some scoring opportunities. That is what the game came down to, a one point game and opportunities in the red area for a touchdown and other opportunities to put points on the board and we just didn’t do it."
With the loss, the Patriots fell to 3-3 in the season, tied with every other AFC East team, but wide receiver Deion Branch still believes that the team has the killer instinct to win:
"No, I think we have it. We have it, we are just not executing. That is the name of the game. We have done a good job of moving the ball but are not finishing drives. We had a lot of flags and some turnovers and you can’t come into this type of environment and do those things and expect to win the game."
With the win, the Seahawks improved to 4-2 on the season.
The Seattle Seahawks defeated the New England Patriots 24-23 on Sunday at CenturyLink Field, rallying from a 23-10 deficit early in the fourth quarter to overtake the perennial AFC title contending Patriots. The Seahawks victory was fueled in large part by something the offense has been lacking all season: explosive plays in the passing game. Danny Kelly of SB Nation's Seahawks blog, Field Gulls, digs a little deeper:
Speaking of improvement, Seattle's offensive attack, despite struggling in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, took advantage of a markedly more vulnerable (than what Russell has seen over the first five games) pass defense of the Patriots to open up their explosive passing game, hitting on six passes of more than 20 yards: 51 yards to Golden Tate, 50 to Doug Baldwin, 46 to Sidney Rice for a touchdown, 29 to Sidney Rice, 24 to Doug Baldwin for a touchdown, and 22 to Zach Miller.
In addition to the plays Kelly mentions, wide receiver Sidney Rice also threw a deep bomb on an end around intended for Golden Tate, and though Tate missed the pass he was interfered with, resulting in a big gain on the pass interference penalty.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll noted in his postgame comments that the explosive plays in the passing game were indeed a vital factor in the win. Via The News Tribune:
We've been looking for explosive plays in the offense, and they're just sitting there for us when he gets out swinging, Carroll said. There was a tremendous validation of what we had pointed out, and it was a factor in the game.
Seattle looks to duplicate Sunday's success when they travel to San Francisco on Thursday to face fellow NFC West leader San Francisco. Both teams are 4-2 through six weeks of the season.
Wilson undoubtedly showed the poise of a veteran in helping the Seahawks knock off the defending AFC champion New England Patriots, and his teammates expressed their confidence in his abilities following the game.
"What Russell did today was just incredible, especially from a rookie against a team like the Patriots - they've been the standard in the NFL for so long, on offense and on defense."
Safety Earl Thomas also made it clear he was a fan of Wilson's work following the team's upset:
"I guarantee you now everybody's on the bandwagon...Like I've always said from the start, he's special. The way he prepares, I expect that out of him because he prepares. He prepares like a winner and he led us."
And Thomas will be hoping Wilson will continue to lead the Seahawks to the top of the NFC West by themselves over the next couple of weeks. It won't be easy though, with Seattle drawing the San Francisco 49ers on the road this Thursday before playing the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings the following two weeks.
But if Wilson can continue to open up the offense with vertical shots, the Seahawks will be sitting pretty, as they already own a dominant running game and one of the NFL's top defenses.
Brady sure looks like a man who turned the 12thMan against us twitter.com/RSherman_25/st…— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) October 15, 2012
Outside of this tweet, Sherman also shared an exchange between Brady and himself in his post game interview:
"I kept saying I'm going to get that next time. Every TV timeout, I went up and said it right to (Brady): ‘Please keep trying me. I'm going to take it from you.' That was when they were winning. He just gave me that look and said, ‘Oh, I'll see you after game.' Well, I made sure I saw him after the game."
Sherman went on to elaborate that Brady should have thrown five picks if his teammate Earl Thomas caught some of the ones that were thrown his way. Additionally, Sherman had a message to any member of the mass media who have been critical of their Seahawks this season:
"The Seattle Seahawks have a lot of talent. People, they don't look at the film. They don't analyze anything. That's why these analysts and commentators need to shut their mouth."
Outspoken much, Mr. Sherman?
The Seattle Seahawks defeated the New England Patriots 24-23 on Sunday at CenturyLink Field thanks to some last-game heroics from rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. Trailing 23-10 with just over nine minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Wilson led the team on two late touchdown scoring drives to knock off perennial AFC title contender New England.
In the postgame comments, Wilson described how he handled the last-minute drive:
I think I'm almost comfortable, no matter what the situation, I think I'm just more experienced. Being in those situations, you really have to trust what you see, and you really have to be quick with your decisions, but also believe in your decisions, and just be decisive with the football. Guys made some tremendous plays here, and I think it definitely helps with that experience. Obviously, I'm a rookie, but I've played a lot of football games in my lifetime and to get little experiences and little nuggets of information from every game, that has to be your goal.
Veteran Seattle wide receiver Braylon Edwards had high praise for his rookie signal caller:
It's good to see. It's showing that he has a lot of confidence, it shows that he's not going to fold. I think that's what you look for in young guys if things don't go right. Do they fold, do they go in a shell? And he's a guy who continually fights, continually comes in and studies film and knows the opponent. He's making strides and you seen that in what he did today
Not to be overlooked was the play of the Seahawks defense, in particular the defensive backfield. Safety Earl Thomas discussed the Seattle defense's confidence level, despite facing Patriots superstar quarterback Tom Brady:
I know in my mind, and I'm pretty sure in everybody else's mind that at any moment we could make a turnover. I know at any time the ball can come our way and we can change the momentum so that that's how we look at as a defense. We're going to fight to the end.
Seattle, now 4-2 on the season, faces a huge test on Thursday when they travel to San Francisco to take on the 4-2 49ers in a prime time battle for NFC West supremacy.
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