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Heading into Saturday's Week 16 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, the home team was well aware of the formidable defense they would be facing. They were also intimately familiar with the fact that they have one of the most powerful and evasive rushers in the NFL in running back Marshawn Lynch.
Entering Saturday's game, the San Francisco 49ers had not allowed a rushing touchdown all season, nor had they allowed a 100-yard rushing game. Although the Seahawks came up short of winning the game with a 19-17 loss, Lynch snapped both of those 49ers streaks by himself. Lynch scored on a four-yard rush in the fourth quarter, and a short time later crossed the 100-yard threshold. He finished the game with 107 yards on 21 carries.
Lynch put on an impressive performance against a dominant offense. But the two streaks are worth a closer look, because they may be more impressive than they seem at first glance. Lynch's touchdown was the first the 49ers have allowed on the ground since Week 16 of last year, when Steven Jackson of the St. Louis Rams scored against them. That means the 49ers made it from Week 16 to Week 16 without a single rushing touchdown allowed. That's overpowering stuff.
The other streak may be even more amazing. The last 100-yard rushing game the 49ers allowed was when Ryan Grant of the Green Bay Packers picked up 129 yards on 21 carries. That game took place on November 22, 2009. Look at that date again. That's over two full years without a 100-yard game from any rusher.
Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks should be very proud of what they accomplished Saturday, because many other teams have come up well short of those marks for some time.
The Seattle Seahawks took a tough game right to the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday. For a while there, it looked like Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle squad might pull off the upset and send San Francisco packing. The dream was that Seattle would ride into the last week of the season on a major winning streak and perhaps be the most surprising team to claim a final postseason berth.
Alas, due to an incomprehensible goal line stand, a ball stripped from Tarvaris Jackson and the talented foot of David Akers, the Seahawks were handed the loss and officially eliminated from playoffs contention. The Seahawks have a chance to salvage a bit of bragging rights from the season, however, as they have a chance to knock off the Arizona Cardinals in the final week of the season and finish in second place in the NFC West.
A rough end to the season, but given how the year began, it could have been far worse. The Seahawks have a right to hold their head up high and be proud of the second half they put together.
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Two numbers stood out to me in this one - 14 and 36.
The Seattle Seahawks hosted the San Francisco 49ers in Week 16 in a game that the Seahawks needed to win in order to keep their postseason hopes afloat. They dominated the first half of play and took the game right down to the wire, including holding a 17-16 lead with 6:41 left in the game. In the end, it was not enough, as the 49ers were able to rely on defense and their record-setting kicker to walk away with a 19-17 win.
Seattle was up early in the game on a first-quarter Doug Baldwin touchdown pass from Tarvaris Jackson. A Steven Hauschka kick in the second quarter would send the Seahawks into the half up by a score of 10-3.
The San Francisco offense finally woke up in the third quarter, as the Niners took a 13-10 lead on a short Frank Gore touchdown run and another David Akers field goal, which set a new NFL mark for field goals in a single season. The 49ers would extend their lead to 16-10 early in the fourth quarter on another Akers field goal, but the Seahawks would answer back in a big way with a 4-yard Marshawn Lynch touchdown run.
The touchdown was the first rushing TD allowed by the 49ers all season and gave the Seahawks a 17-16 lead. On the next Seattle possession, Lynch would snuff out another San Francisco streak, as he became the first player to achieve 100 rushing yards in a game against the 49ers in 2011. The Seattle squad would be halted on that set of downs, however, after which the 49ers would take a 19-17 lead on yet another successful Akers kick.
The Seahawks appeared to be putting together another scoring drive to reclaim the lead when they suffered a devastatingly unlucky break. Tarvaris Jackson had the ball stripped while he was scrambling, resulting in a fumble that was recovered by the 49ers. The Niners would go three and out, however, allowing the Seahawks to get the ball back with less than a minute remaining in the game. Seattle would face a fourth-down situation with 0:18 left on the clock, down by a score of 19-17. Under pressure, Tarvaris Jackson was forced to throw the ball away, leading to the 49ers taking over and kneeling to run out the clock.
A rough loss for the Seahawks, but plenty of fight in the team to be proud of.
The Seattle Seahawks are trying desperately to keep their postseason hopes alive for at least one more week. Trailing in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks were able to block a San Francisco punt and take over within the 49ers 10-yard line.
On the next play, Marshawn Lynch of the Seahawks was able to do something that no rusher had yet accomplished against the Niners in 2011. Here's a video of the two plays:
Lynch's four-yard touchdown run was the first rushing touchdown allowed by San Francisco all season. Lynch also made another 49ers defensive boast bite the dust later in the fourth quarter, when he became the first player to rush for over 100 yards against the Niners in a single game.
The touchdown put the Seahawks on top by a score of 17-16 in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks currently trail by a score of 19-17.
The Seattle Seahawks took a 10-3 lead into halftime against the visiting San Francisco 49ers in Week 16. Since the teams have returned to the field in the third quarter, however, there has been a definite swing in momentum. Entering the final quarter, the Seahawks are trailing by a score of 13-10.
The Niners opened the third quarter with a long drive ending in a Frank Gore touchdown run. The Seahawks then went three-and-out before the San Francisco team broke off another deep run that took them deep into the Seattle red zone. A run by Gore appeared to put the Niners on the one-yard line, but an illegal block in the back by Braylon Edwards moved San Francisco back, forcing them to settle for a short David Akers field goal to take the 13-10 lead.
Tensions appear to be running high for both teams as there was some jawing and scuffling between the squads following the subsequent kickoff. The situation broke up before it really got going, but may end up in a penalty before this one is through.
The vaunted San Francisco defense has really begun to buckle down, as the Seahawks have gone three-and-out on their only two possessions so far in the second half. Marshawn Lynch was held to just eight yards in the third quarter, although he has 91 yards in the game so far.
The Seattle Seahawks know that they need to win this week to keep their playoff hopes alive into the final week of the season. They also know at this point that the Arizona Cardinals have lost their game, leaving one less team to worry about in the hunt. As they continue their Week 16 game against the visiting San Francisco 49ers, they seem to be playing like a very motivated team. At halftime, Seattle is ahead by a score of 10-3.
The Seahawks defense has done a great job of containing the 49ers, forcing the Niners to settle for a field goal at the beginning of the second quarter after halting a drive.
The 49ers have not allowed a rushing touchdown, or a 100-yard rusher, for the entire 2011 season. Lynch and the Seahawks appear to be taking those stats as a personal challenge, as Lynch is already close to 100 yards in the game. The Seahawks attempted goal-line rushing touchdowns by both Lynch and Jackson, but both attempts were turned away. Seattle settled for a Steven Hauschka field goal to give them the 10-3 lead they currently hold at the half.
The Seattle Seahawks are hosting the San Francisco 49ers in Week 16 NFL action. The Seattle team knows that if they want to keep their postseason hopes alive for at least one more week, they will need to pick up their fourth straight win against a tough Niners team that just dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night.
Through one quarter of play, the Seahawks are proving themselves to be a legitimate threat to the playoff-bound NFC West champs. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin grabbed a 13-yard pass from Tarvaris Jackson less than five minutes into the first quarter to open the scoring and put the Seahawks on top early, 7-0. Niners coach Jim Harbaugh had mentioned in the past week that he wishes he had been able to draft Baldwin for his own team. Certainly that touchdown didn't change his opinion of the rookie.
The Seahawks began another drive midway through the first quarter, once again relying on their star running back Marshawn Lynch, but came up short and were forced to punt. They managed to hold off the Niners for the rest of the first quarter and hold a 7-0 lead at the beginning of the second quarter.
The Seattle Seahawks will be hosting the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in Week 16 NFL action. The Seahawks are looking to keep their postseason hopes alive. For their part, the Niners are also in search of the best possible playoff seed and will be hoping to win out the remainder of the season.
The full inactives lists for both teams have been released prior to Sunday's game. The most notable news for the Seahawks is that wide receiver Doug Baldwin will be active and expected to play.
The full lists:
The Seattle Seahawks are playing well on both sides of the football right now, but they face a big test on Saturday when the San Francisco 49ers come to town. Having already clinched the NFC West, the 49ers still have a lot to play for, most notably home field advantage in the playoffs.
The Seahawks are currently on the outside-looking-in at the wild card picture, but they still have a chance should they get some help in the final two weeks. A win against San Francisco would be huge for the organization. Here is all of the game day coverage to get you ready for the matchup.
Start Time: Kickoff is set from Seattle at 1:15 p.m. PT, which is 4:15 p.m. on the east coast.
TV Coverage: The game will be telecast on FOX with Ron Pitts and Charles Davis in the booth.
Radio: ESPN-710 Radio will have the game across the Seattle area.
Line: 49ers are favored by 2 1/2 points.
All-time Series Record: Seahawks lead 13-12.
Team Sites: Field Gulls; Niners Nation
If the Seahawks are going to beat the 49ers this weekend, it will probably be with explosive pass plays and not their rushing attack. I explain..
The Seattle Seahawks are among the hottest teams in the NFL right now after winning three in a row and five of their last six, but they have some serious work to do if they hope to make the playoffs. Sitting with a record of 7-7, the team cannot win the NFC west and are currently two games back of the Lions and Falcons in the wildcard race. Seattle is also tied with the Giants. Bears and Cardinals in the standings.
Should the Lions (9-5) or Falcons (9-5) win either of their last two games, the Seahawks are eliminated from playoff contention. A win for either team would give them ten wins, a number Seattle cannot reach with just two weeks remaining. The Lions are playing the Chargers on Saturday, while the Falcons head to New Orleans to face the Saints on Monday night.
If Detroit or Atlanta lose both of their last two games, the Seahawks will have a chance if they win both games. Of the teams tied with Seattle at 7-7, the 'Hawks have the edge over Chicago because of head-to-head win percentage. They have an edge over the Giants because of a better win percentage in conference play. And they have an edge over the Cardinals because of head-to-head winning percentage.
The Bears head to Green Bay this weekend to face the Packers, the Giants travel across town to face the Jets and the Cardinals play the Bengals in Cincinnati. A loss from any of three teams is not required for Seattle to stay alive in the playoff race, but it would help greatly.
If Seattle loses either of their last two games, they're eliminated regardless of what happens.
Who To Root For: The Chargers, Saints, Packers, Jets and Bengals.
Who To Cheer Against: The Lions and Falcons are the two big teams here. If either team wins on of their last two games they clinch a playoff birth. A loss from Chicago, New York and Arizona would be beneficial as well.
Seahawks rookie receiver Doug Baldwin didn't participate in today's walkthrough for the Seahawks and has been officially listed as questionable for Saturday's game with San Francisco with an ankle injury. His no-go today could just be to keep him off his ankle, but it could also mean he may not be able to play come tomorrow afternoon.
Also listed as doubful were special teamers Kennard Cox and Malcolm Smith, and backup DT Clinton McDonald.
The big question on 49er fans' minds is whether LB Patrick Willis will play, and right now he's officially listed as questionable by the team after practicing on a limited basis on Friday. Also joining him on the questionable list are WRs Braylon Edwards and Ted Ginn, and running back Bruce Miller.
Here are the reports for each team:
Doubtful - CB Kennard Cox (hamstring), DT Clinton McDonald (concussion), LB Malcolm Smith (concussion)
Questionable - WR Doug Baldwin (ankle)
Probable - G Robert Gallery (pelvis), LB David Hawthorne (knee), QB Tarvaris Jackson(pectoral)
Week 16 is upon us, place your bets!
A number of Seahawks sat out of practice this Wednesday, including defensive ends Raheem Brock (not injury related), and Red Bryant (not injury related), corner back Kennard Cox (hamstring), defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (concussion), and linebacker Malcolm Smith (concussion). Wide receiver Doug Baldwin (ankle) was limited, while guard Robert Gallery (pelvis), linebacker David Hawthorne (knee), and quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral) all participated in full.
As for the 49ers, linebacker Blake Costanzo (not injury related), wide receiver Ted Ginn (ankle) and linebacker Patrick Willis (hamstring) did not participate on Wednesday, while wide receiver Braylon Edwards (knee) and fullback Bruce Miller (knee) were limited in practice.
For more discussion and analysis of the Seahawks, head on over to Field Gulls.
The Seattle Seahawks are hanging on for dear life to their playoff hopes, trying to make it two straight years that Pete Carroll has brought them to the second-season. Unfortunately they do not control their own destiny and will need some assistance from around the league. ESPN's Mike Sando has created their perfect weekend scenario for the Seahawks moving forward:
An Arizona loss at Cincinnati, eliminates them from the playoff picture entirely, giving Seattle one less competitor for a Wild Card spot.
A Jets win over the Giants would also eliminate Eli and Co. from the playoff picture, with Seattle holding a better conference record if more than two W.C. contenders finished 9-7, giving the 'hawks the upper hand over their NFC East counterparts.
A San Diego victory at Detroit would keep the Lions from clinching a Wild Card berth for at least another week, keeping the window open that much longer for Seattle to try and sneak in the back door. They need Lions losses badly.
A Dallas win over Philadelphia gives the Cowboys the NFC East title. Couple that with a Giants win and the Eagles and Giants are out of the wild-card scenario. What's more, Seattle's superior conference record would break any ties.
A Seattle win over San Francisco. Duh.
A New Orleans win over Atlanta helps Seattle because they need the Lions and Falcons to lose out.
For more on the Seahawks, head over to Field Gulls.
The Seahawks come back home with a 5-1 record in their last six games, a large part due to their success in the run game. Seattle, until last Sunday's game at Soldier Field against the Bears, had rushed for 100+ yards in six straight games and have made running the football a big part of their identity. The Bears pretty much stopped them in their tracks though, as the Seahawks rushed for only 60 total yards. Despite this, the defense did their part with five turnovers created and Tarvaris Jackson did enough in the 2nd half to lead his team to a big win.
Unfortunately though for Seattle, for the second week in a row, the offense will be facing an elite run defense, and San Francisco hasn't allowed a rushing touchdown all season.
That statistic alone is truly impressive. The next closest team to San Francisco in that area are the Miami Dolphins, and they've given up six touchdowns on the ground. The mighty Steelers defense? Seven. Ray Lewis and the fearsome Ravens' unit? Nine. Again, very impressive. Even Pete Carroll admitted as much..
"That's a pretty cool number," he said. "I was around a team years ago that go through something like that. That's something to protect. That's something to fight for when you get the chance." He added in jest - "So we're going to throw it inside the 5-yard line every time we get down there."
The Seahawks will likely try to run the football, as they did against the Bears, but can probably expect more of the same after only picking up 1.8 yards per carry on Sunday. That means Tarvaris Jackson will likely be forced to make some plays on his own, doing so without Sidney Rice or Mike Williams. It should be an excellent matchup in what is already a great rivalry.
For more on the Seahawks, make sure you check out Field Gulls.
The Seahawks made a couple of roster moves today, placing receiver Mike Williams on the Injured Reserve and signing DB Phillip Adams to the active 53-man roster. Williams broke his ankle in last Sunday's game against Chicago after catching a pass, and is now the 15th player the Hawks have placed on Injured Reserve. In case you're keeping track at home, with the 53 on the active roster and the 8 on the practice squad, the Hawks are only allowed four more players on IR before they start cutting players from their practice squad list. Teams are allowed 80 players on their payroll during the season.
Phillip Adams comes to Seattle via New England and San Francisco. He was drafted by the 49ers out of South Carolina State in the 7th round of the 2010 Draft. He showed some promise as a cornerback and played solidly as a special teamer with San Francisco but broke his ankle in Week 16 last season. He was cut from the 49ers in Training Camp this season, had a tryout with the Seahawks, but ended up signing in New England. He's been on and off of the Patriots roster this year and now acts as an insurance policy for Kennard Cox's bum hamstring.
If Cox can't go for Saturday's big matchup with San Francisco, look for Adams to be active and contributing on special teams against his former team. You can find a pre-Draft scouting report on him here.
For more on the Seahawks, make sure you check out Field Gulls.
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