Seattle Seahawks (5-1)
vs. San Francisco 49ers (4-3)
1:25 p.m. | CenturyLink Field | Seattle
TV: FOX| Radio: 710 AM/97.3 FM | Stream: NFL Game Pass
Final: Seahawks 37, 49ers 27
Another quick 49ers TD
Mullens with another quick TD drive.— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) November 2, 2020
🏈 Mullens ➡ Brandon Aiyuk for 3 yards
📍 9 plays, 81 yards
4Q | Seahawks 37, 49ers 27 https://t.co/SYuU0GCa8P
SF has messed up the Seattle defense feel-good narrative with three fourth-quarter TDs, but Seahawks have 37-27 lead with just 1:52 to play in regulation.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) November 2, 2020
Seahawks tack on TD
Dallas a TD run and Seattle has now scored 37 or more points in three of seven games this season. It's 37-20 Seattle.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 2, 2020
DeeJay Dallas gets his first career rushing TD (to go with a passing TD earlier in the game) and the Seahawks can breathe a little easier, up 37-20 with 3:33 remaining in fourth quarter.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) November 2, 2020
49ers find the end zone again
Well that was entirely too quick.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 2, 2020
That touchdown drive was way too easy for 49ers -- 80 yards on just six plays. 2-point conversion fails (after review), and Seahawks still have a two-possession lead, 30-20 with 4:16 to play.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) November 2, 2020
Nick Mullens leads TD drive for 49ers
McKinnon a TD to make it 30-14 if the PAT is good. Seattle needs to run off a little clock here.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 1, 2020
Jimmy G out, Nick Mullens in at QB for 49ers
Nick Mullens officially now at QB for the 49ers.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 1, 2020
Adam Jude's third-quarter observations
Russ remains on record pace
Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes in the third quarter Sunday, giving him four in this game and 26 overall this season — keeping him on track to break Peyton Manning’s record of 55 touchdown passes in a season (from 2013).
Tom Brady has the record of 27 touchdown passes through the first seven games of a season. Wilson has one quarter to match (or break that).
Rookie running back DeeJay Dallas scored the first touchdown of his NFL career on a 2-yard pass from Wilson midway through the third quarter, extending the Seahawks’ lead to 20-7.
Wilson threw his fourth TD pass of the game to David Moore, a 6-yard score, to make it 27-7.
Jimmy G hurting
The Seahawks have sacked Jimmy Garoppolo three times today. Let’s repeat that just to convince you it’s true: The Seahawks have sacked Jimmy Garoppolo three times today.
Maybe you heard this somewhere at some point already this season, but the Seahawks have struggled to pressure opposing QBs. They had just nine sacks in their first six games of the season. (That’s very, very bad.)
Again, they have three sacks today. That’s much improved. That’s even … good.
Bobby Wagner, playing his best game of the season, has two of those sacks. Rookie Alton Robinson had the third sack on a third-down play in the third quarter, and after the play Garoppolo limped off the field. Garoppolo has been playing with a high-ankle sprain.
Special special teams
Second-year linebackers Cody Barton and Ben Burr-Kirven combined to force a fumble on kickoff coverage, setting up the Seahawks’ fourth touchdown of the game.
The 49ers’ Dante Pettis, the former Husky, fumbled near the San Francisco 20-yard line. The Seahawks’ Nick Bellore recovered the fumble.
Pettis has reportedly been on the trading block and this is the first game in which he’s been active in four weeks. He was injured on the kickoff return.
49ers had a minus-4 yards on six plays in the third quarter.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 1, 2020
A third Seattle sack. Alton Robinson gets this one. Seattle had just 9 coming into the game.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 1, 2020
Russell Wilson throws fourth TD
Wilson evades rush and hits David Moore for a 6-yard TD on third and goal --- his fourth of the year. And Seattle has broken this one open at 27-7.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 1, 2020
Seahawks turn their fumble recovery on kickoff into a score -- Wilson's fourth TD pass, this time to David Moore. Seahawks up comfortably, 27-7, with 5:51 remaining in 3rd quarter.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) November 1, 2020
Seattle dominating in every way --- 27-7 on scoreboard and 246-108 in yards.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 1, 2020
Touchdown No. 4️⃣ for Russ today— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) November 1, 2020
🏈 Wilson ➡ David Moore for 6 yards
📍 6 plays, 21 yards
3Q | Seahawks 27, 49ers 7 https://t.co/SYuU0GCa8P
Four touchdowns for Russell Wilson today, and 26 overall this season — keeping him on track to break Peyton Manning's record of 55 in a season.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) November 1, 2020
DeeJay Dallas scores first TD
Touchdown, Seahawks. Wilson to DeeJay Dallas. First career TD for rookie from Miami.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) November 1, 2020
Third touchdown pass of the game for Wilson, first career TD for rookie DeeJay Dallas. #Seahawks extend lead to 20-7.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) November 1, 2020
Bob Condotta's halftime observations
Pick your poison
The mantra of the Seattle receiving corps is that you may be able to sort of hold down one of DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett in any given week, but you won’t hold down both.
After Lockett had a record-breaking performance last week (15-200-3) when Metcalf was held to two catches, Metcalf is on his way to a career game this week.
Metcalf has six catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns at halftime and now has seven receiving touchdowns for the season.
Metcalf has proven particularly undefendable in man coverage, twice burning Emmanuel Mosely, including for the 35-yard reception that set up Seattle’s second touchdown.
In an interesting stat from Josh Dubow of The Associated Press, it’s the second straight week Seattle has had a receiver with 100 yards or more receiving and two touchdowns in the first half after it hadn’t happened in 19 years -- Lockett had 133 and two TDs last week. As Dubow wrote, before that, the last Seahawks player with 100 or more yards receiving and two TDs in the first half was Darrell Jackson against the Chargers in 2001.
Will be interesting to see if the 49ers make any adjustments there at halftime.
49ers offense contained so far
The 49ers finally got the ball to George Kittle, but not until there was less than three minutes remaining in the first half. The play was key, a 14-yarder that got the 49ers out of trouble on a second-and-15 play.
Still, that’s all the impact he made in the first half on three targets as the Seahawks don’t seem to be being confused by all of the 49ers’ motions and crossing patterns.
The beleagured Ken Norton Jr. has to get credit for calling a good game so far.
The 49ers have just 116 yards at halftime against a Seattle defense that had been allowing 479 per game, on pace to allow the most in NFL history.
Seattle evens play calls out a bit
The running back situation appeared to lead Seattle to really want to Let Russ Cook in this one as the first seven plays were all passes (one resulting in a sack).
But since then, the play calls have been a little more even -- it was 16-8 passes to runs until the final series, when the Seahawks were in hurry-up mode and threw three straight passes.
Seattle isn’t getting a ton out of its running game, with 25 on eight attempts, but it’s at least been enough to keep the 49ers honest.
Halftime: Seahawks 13, 49ers 7
Best defensive half of year by Seahawks holding 49ers to 116 yards.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 1, 2020
End of first half: #Seahawks 13, 49ers 7. A statement so far by Seattle's much-maligned defense.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) November 1, 2020
Bobby Wagner's best first half in ... awhile. Already 8 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack. He ain't handing over that MLB title belt to Fred Warner just yet.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) November 1, 2020
DK Metcalf scores again
Wilson to Metcalf over middle for the TD. Metcalf now 6-102, 2 TDs.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 1, 2020
Single coverage on DK at the goal line? Russ will throw there every time. https://t.co/K4doLbQ3lk— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) November 1, 2020
Wilson to Metcalf for a TD, part deux -- this one from deux yards out. #Seahawks 13, 49ers 7, 3:04 left in first half.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) November 1, 2020
Niners take the lead
49ers drive 75 yards for go-ahead touchdown, lead 7-6. They converted fourth-and-1, 3rd-and-9 on the 14-play drive, which was aided by a roughing the passer call against Alton Robinson.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) November 1, 2020
Adam Jude's first-quarter observations
DK for days
Man, how fun is DK Metcalf?
The Seahawks’ star receiver caught a short pass from Russell Wilson near the San Francisco 39-yard line, sprinted to his right across the field and tiptoed up the right sideline, untouched, for a 46-yard score on the final snap of the first quarter.
With Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde both sidelined by injury, the Seahawks’ game plan the rest of the game seems like it should be pretty simple — throw it to Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.
'29' again making plays in Seattle’s secondary
Just like old times, eh?
There was No. 29 in the Seattle secondary, making a big play against the 49ers and celebrating at midfield.
Except, that was Seattle’s new 29, D.J. Reed, intercepting a Jimmy Garoppolo pass late in the first quarter. It came in Reed’s first game with the Seahawks, and it came against his former team.
It was Reed’s first career interception.
The Seahawks claimed Reed in August after the 49ers released him with a non-football injury designation. Reed was a fifth-round pick by the 49ers out of Kansas State in 2018.
Of freakin' course, Stephen Sullivan would be in on a TFL on his first play at DE.
Wilson’s career high for pass attempts in a game is 50, which he’s done twice, including last week’s loss in Arizona.
He could top that today.
Wilson was 8-for-10 passing in the first quarter for 86 yards, including the TD pass to Metcalf.
The Seahawks offense was out of whack early, struggling to identify the 49ers’ blitzes and looking altogether sluggish.
The Seahawks picked up only one first down in their first two offensive drives, and that came on a tough catch by David Moore, who was hit in the midsection and he made the play. But even in a rare positive moment early, there was a negative — Moore injured his ribs on the play, but he did return.
DK Metcalf takes it in for 6
Touchdown, Seahawks. DK Metcalf run-and-fun score from 46 yards.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) November 1, 2020
Well, #Seahawks offense is back in kilter. Wilson to Metcalf, 46-yard touchdown pass with a nifty move by Metcalf and great block by Hollister to spring him.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) November 1, 2020
Wow. Crossing route to Metcalf who runs away from everyone into the end zone for a 46-yard TD as the first quarter ends.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 1, 2020
First career interception for D.J. Reed, and it's against his old team.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) November 1, 2020
And now a terrible throw and a pick on third down by DJ Reed against his former team. Intended for Kittle.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 1, 2020
No fumble recovery, Ryan Neal touched it when he was out of bounds so ball is dead there. Third and 5 for 49ers at the 20.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 1, 2020
49ers Hasty fumbles. Officials with the long conversation and conclude it is recovered by Seattle. Big break with nothing seeming to go right for Seahawks.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 1, 2020
WR David Moore out with injury
Seahawks out of sync early
Seahawks go three-and-out
Three straight pass attempts to start game result in net loss of 4 yards.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 1, 2020
Terrible start for Seahawks with three yard loss on pass and then a sack of Wilson by Williams for a loss of 8.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 1, 2020
Counted six Seahawks sitting for anthem and Duane Brown and Will Dissly kneeling. And then at least seven who stayed in the locker room.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 1, 2020
Alton Robinson appears to be getting the start at the LEO rush end position with Mayowa out.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 1, 2020
Seahawks appear to be flipping the sides for cornerbacks Quinton Dunbar and Tre Flowers today. Flowers will be on the right side, where he has played the most. Dunbar takes over Shaquill Griffin's spot on the left side.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 1, 2020
Looks like receiver Penny Hart warming up with Seattle's running backs. Was a running back for a lot of his high school career.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 1, 2020
Six starters — including Chris Carson and Jamal Adams — out vs. 49ers
The hope that Chris Carson and Jamal Adams could return for Sunday’s game against the 49ers vanished with the news Sunday morning that each is inactive for the game.
They are two of six starters who are out for Seattle. Also inactive are left guard Mike Iupati, defensive end Benson Mayowa, running back Carlos Hyde, cornerback Shaquill Griffin and nickel corner Ugo Amadi.
All are inactive due to injury.
Adams will miss his fourth straight game with a groin injury. The team had hoped he could return this week but he could not practice Wednesday and Thursday due to an illness, and while he practiced on a limited basis Friday, he is again out. He hasn't played since Sept. 27 against Dallas.
Carson suffered a sprained midfoot against Arizona last week, but while he did not practice all week, there was a thought he might be able to, officially listed as questionable on Friday.
But both he and Carlos Hyde, who hurt his hamstring against Arizona, are out, leaving Seattle with two tailbacks -- Travis Homer (who was also questionable with a knee injury) and rookie DeeJay Dallas. Dallas figures to be the starter as he was the only tailback healthy enough to practice all week with the team probably using Homer mostly in the third-down, two-minute back role.
Griffin (concussion/hamstring) had been declared out on Friday and will be replaced by Tre Flowers.
Carroll indicated there was hope Mayowa could make it back from an ankle injury. But it appeared ominous on Saturday, when the team elevated rookie defensive end Stephen Sullivan as depth at the end spot. Mayowa practiced on a limited basis Friday as well.
Iupati will miss his third straight game with a back injury and will be replaced by Jordan Simmons once again.
Amadi is out with a hamstring injury and will be replaced by either D.J. Reed or Linden Stephens.
Seahawks add four players to roster, but don't elevate 'Snacks' Harrison
The Seahawks made four moves Saturday to get their roster to the maximum 55 for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. But one name was conspicuously absent — veteran defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison, who remains on the practice squad and will not play Sunday.
Seattle activated safety/cornerback D.J. Reed and tight end Colby Parkinson off the Non-Football Injury list to fill two open spots on the 53-player roster, and they elevated rookie defensive end Stephen Sullivan and cornerback Jayson Stanley off the practice squad for Sunday’s game.
What to watch for when the Seahawks play the 49ers in Week 8 — plus Bob Condotta’s prediction
The first foray into the NFC West for the Seahawks last week didn’t go so well, extending a somewhat unnoticed and unfortunate streak — Seattle has now lost four in a row against division foes dating to last December.
With a combination of a loss to the 49ers and wins by the Rams and Cardinals, Seattle could fall to third. The 49ers, meanwhile, have won two in a row to get to 4-3 and back in contention, and with a win would stamp themselves as legitimate contenders once again.
Let’s take our weekly look at some keys to the game.
The Seahawks defense remains confident it can turn season around — but it won’t be easy against the surging 49ers
The members of the Seahawks defense realize there is only one type of defense that matters anymore this season — that which they play on the field.
Trying to defend themselves to media and fans?
The time for that, they know, has passed.
“Stop talking and just do it,’’ said safety Quandre Diggs this week. “That’s the mentality we’ve got to have.’’
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