It was a downright balmy and sunny December day as the division rival 49ers came to CenturyLink field. A loss would knock them out of the playoff hunt and a win by the Seahawks would keep them in the chase for best overall record in the NFC. Neither team really got clicking in the first half, but after the break, the Seahawks made the plays that they needed to and pull away with a 17-7 win.
This was my last game to shoot for the year. It's been a great season and I have seen some great games and met some great people along the way.
Last weekend I made the trip down to chilly Corvallis to get my taste of a new rivalry game. The "Civil War" game between the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers. The Beavers have struggled this year but the #2 ranked Ducks are on track to play for the first ever playoff for the National Championship. As with all rivalry games, you can usually throw out the team's records because they get hyped up and come out ready to play. Or so the story goes… Oregon stormed right out of the gate and it was 9-0 before you could even blink an eye and Heisman trophy front-runner Marcus Mariota accounted for 6 touchdowns on way to a 47-19 rout of the Beavers.
The Huskies played their final home game of the season on Saturday. They said goodbye to several popular Senior players such as Danny Shelton, Hau'oli Kikaha, and Kasen Williams. The Beavers showed up fresh off their upset of heavily favored Arizona State the week before, but couldn't muster up the same magic this week as the Dawgs scored early and often on their way to a 37-13 win. Next up for the Huskies is a trip over to Pullman for the Apple Cup while the Beavers head home to host the Ducks in the Civil War game. I will be down there in Corvallis to shoot on Friday and I'm looking forward to it!
It was a beautiful late fall evening in Seattle as the 18th ranked UCLA Bruins came into town. They came with one of the top QBs in the nation in Brett Hundley who did not disappoint with 4 touchdowns on the evening. It was also a homecoming of sorts for Bruins head coach Jim Mora who played at UW and was also head coach of the Seattle Seahawks for a season.
This game also featured two of the best "Two-way" players in the country in Shaq Thompson and Myles Jack who are equally dangerous on Defense as they are on offense. The Bruins jumped out early and never looked back on their way to a 44-30 victory over the Dawgs.
Beast Mode was in full effect Sunday at CenturyLink Field as the Seahawks hosted the New York Giants. The Seahawks got back to the formula that has been so successful in the past, running the ball down the other team's throats. The Hawks finished with a franchise record 350 total rushing yards, 140 of those belonged to Marshawn Lynch who also had 4 touchdowns on the day. The Giants actually had the lead at halftime, but the Hawks wore down the Giants defense on their way to a huge 4th quarter and a 38-17 win. It was a steady rain for most of the day and pretty heavy at times, especially when it was raining Skittles from the stands after a Lynch score.
It was a cold, wet and foggy afternoon in Pullman as the USC Trojans rolled into town and thumped the Cougars 44-17. The low light of the game was when WSU Quarterback Conner Halliday was knocked out of the game with a broken leg that ended his senior season. Halliday was currently the nation's passing yardage leader. Sad to see his college career end this way. It was also the first trip back to the state of Washington for USC head coach Steve Sarkisian who left the Washington Huskies to take the job with the Trojans.
I made the trip down to Eugene this weekend for the Ducks and Huskies game. The Ducks were looking to extend their dominance over the Dawgs to eleven straight years. The Ducks broke out some beautiful throwback uniforms to commemerate the twentieth anniversary of "The Pick" which most people believe was the point when the Oregon football team made the turn into the powerhouse that they are now. The Ducks scored early and often on way to a 45-20 victory and stay in the NCAA final 4 discussion.
The Denver Broncos came into Centurylink Field last Sunday for a rematch of last February's Superbowl blowout Seahawks win in New York. Although it was the same result it was much closer. Future hall of famer Peyton Manning tied the score up with seconds to go in regulation only to be shut out in Overtime by a Marshawn lynch swan dive into the end zone on the first drive. The Seahawks managed to sneak out a 26-20 victory over arguably one of the best teams in football. It wouldn't be surprising to see these two for round three in Arizona in a few months.