Hawks Eighty-Six the Forty-Niners

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.

The rocket's red glare.
The rocket’s red glare.
Earl Thomas signals to the defense.
Earl Thomas signals to the defense.
Russell Wilson unloads a pass.
Russell Wilson unloads a pass.
Don't make Jimmy mad.
Don’t make Jimmy mad.
Ahmad Brooks gets a piece of Russell Wilson as he gets this pass off.
Ahmad Brooks gets a piece of Russell Wilson as he gets this pass off.
Marshawn Lynch juggles the ball on this carry but gains control of it.
Marshawn Lynch juggles the ball on this carry but gains control of it.
Russell Wilson rolls out to daylight.
Russell Wilson rolls out to daylight.
Collin Kaepernick gets a head of steam on this run.
Collin Kaepernick gets a head of steam on this run.
Richard Sherman jokes with the referee between plays.
Richard Sherman jokes with the referee between plays.
Cam Chancellor lets out a yell after a stop.
Cam Chancellor lets out a yell after a stop.
Coach Harbaugh and Collin Kaepernick discuss a fourth down play.
Coach Harbaugh and Collin Kaepernick discuss a fourth down play.
Frank Gore leaps over the goal line for the first touchdown of the game.
Frank Gore leaps over the goal line for the first touchdown of the game.
Chris Borland takes down Lynch.
Chris Borland takes down Lynch.
Jermaine Kearse hauls in a pass and gets yardage along the sideline.
Jermaine Kearse hauls in a pass and gets yardage along the sideline.
Cliff Avril and Kevin Williams combine for a sack.
Cliff Avril and Kevin Williams combine for a sack.
If you can't beat 'em, pull their hair.
If you can’t beat ’em, pull their hair.
Jordan Hill lets out a roar to the 12th man after a sack.
Jordan Hill lets out a roar to the 12th man after a sack.
Russell Wilson zips a pass.
Russell Wilson zips a pass.
Doug Baldwin brings down this deep pass to get the Hawks drive alive.
Doug Baldwin brings down this deep pass to get the Hawks drive alive.
Earl Thomas flies around to grab the ball carrier for no gain.
Earl Thomas flies around to grab the ball carrier for no gain.
Earl Thomas pumped up after a stop.
Earl Thomas pumped up after a stop.
John Ryan punts from his own end zone.
John Ryan punts from his own end zone.
The defense gets ready to defend their goal line.
The defense gets ready to defend their goal line.
Marshawn Lynch strolls into the end zone.
Marshawn Lynch strolls into the end zone.
Russell Wilson smiles after a play.
Russell Wilson smiles after a play.
Bobby Wagner with another QB sack.
Bobby Wagner with another QB sack.
Bruce Irvin hauls down Kaepernick.
Bruce Irvin hauls down Kaepernick.
KJ Wright and Bobby Wagner team up to bring down Bruce Miller.
KJ Wright and Bobby Wagner team up to bring down Bruce Miller.
Earl Thomas eyes his prey.
Earl Thomas eyes his prey.
Jordan Hill and Bruce Irvin celebrate after a sack.
Jordan Hill and Bruce Irvin celebrate after a sack.
Russell Wilson uses his legs to get first down yardage.
Russell Wilson uses his legs to get first down yardage.
Marshawn Lynch should have charged Dontae Johnson cab fare for this ride.
Marshawn Lynch should have charged Dontae Johnson cab fare for this ride.
Lynch dumps Johnson and heads back towards the goal line.
Lynch dumps Johnson and heads back towards the goal line.
Paul Richardson hauls in his first TD catch of the season.
Paul Richardson hauls in his first TD catch of the season.
Richardson's teammates congratulate him after the score.
Richardson’s teammates congratulate him after the score.
Russell Wilson takes a knee with the other players in a moment of prayer after the game.
Russell Wilson takes a knee with the other players in a moment of prayer after the game.
Former Stanford Cardinal Richard Sherman and Jonathan Martin exchange jerseys after the game.
Former Stanford Cardinal Richard Sherman and Jonathan Martin exchange jerseys after the game.

Hawks, Mother Nature dominate Niners

The Seahawks hosted their division rivals San Francisco 49ers to kick off their home season on Sunday nights. There were several sub-plots going into this game and it was being hyped as the game of the year even though it was only the second game of the season. It was an uneventful first quarter until lightning entered the area causing an almost hour weather delay but once the teams came back out on the field, only one team really showed back up. The Seahawks dominated the game after that, cruising to a 29-3 win over the Niners. Marshawn Lynch led the way with two rushing touchdowns and one receiving. The Defense came up huge with 3 picks on Collin Kaepernick. The Seahawks fans also had a victory Sunday night, breaking the world record for loudest stadium. Luckily, I remembered my earplugs so my ears aren’t ringing today!

Wilson gets loose with his teammates.
Wilson gets loose with his teammates.
Russell Wilson emerges from the tunnel during pre game introductions.
Russell Wilson emerges from the tunnel during pre game introductions.
Sidney Rice lets out a scream during introductions.
Sidney Rice lets out a scream during introductions.
Russell Wilson unloads a pass.
Russell Wilson unloads a pass.
Niners RB Frank Gore tries to break through the line, but the Seahawks Defense closes it up.
Niners RB Frank Gore tries to break through the line, but the Seahawks Defense closes it up.
Heavy rains and lighting delayed the game for about an hour during the first quarter.
Heavy rains and lighting delayed the game for about an hour during the first quarter.
Collin Kaepernick tries to drop a pass to a receiver, but holding in the endzone resulted in a safety for the Hawks.
Collin Kaepernick tries to drop a pass to a receiver, but holding in the endzone resulted in a safety for the Hawks.
Russell Wilson rolls out to find a target.
Russell Wilson rolls out to find a target.
Niners Head Coach Jim Harbaugh calls in a play.
Niners Head Coach Jim Harbaugh calls in a play.
Collin Kaepernick didn't know which way was up on several occasions during the game.
Collin Kaepernick didn’t know which way was up on several occasions during the game.
Marshawn Lynch bounces to the outside of the defense.
Marshawn Lynch bounces to the outside of the defense.
Robert Turbin tip-toes on the sideline for a few extra yards.
Robert Turbin tip-toes on the sideline for a few extra yards.
Frank Gore gets pulled down by D'Anthony Smith.
Frank Gore gets pulled down by D’Anthony Smith.

 

Richard Sherman looks for blocks as he returns an interception.
Richard Sherman looks for blocks as he returns an interception.

 

Russell Wilson scrambling.
Russell Wilson scrambling.
Richard Sherman points to my camera.
Richard Sherman points to my camera.
Kam Chancellor got into the act with a pick of his own.
Kam Chancellor got into the act with a pick of his own.
Marshawn Lynch holds the ball up after scoring.
Marshawn Lynch holds the ball up after scoring.
Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll talks with the refs to challenge a call.
Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll talks with the refs to challenge a call.
Marshawn Lynch points to the crowd after one of his touchdowns on the night.
Marshawn Lynch points to the crowd after one of his touchdowns on the night.
With nobody in sight, Marshawn Lynch can simply walk into the endzone for this score.
With nobody in sight, Marshawn Lynch can simply walk into the endzone for this score.
Richard Sherman's intensity is seen in his eyes.
Richard Sherman’s intensity is seen in his eyes.