Seattle- Coming into the game against the San Francisco 49ers, the Seattle Seahawks wanted to quiet the noise about handing the 49ers running game, and how to stop 49ers’ QB Jimmy Garoppolo extending plays. On the 49er’s first possession, the Seahawks shot themselves in the foot with three critical mistakes, which kept the 49ers drive active. On a 3rd and five at the Seahawks’ 20-yard line, the Seahawks’ brought pressure and Garoppolo had to rush his throw, which resulted in an incomplete pass. Chase McLaughin attempted a 43-yard attempt, which was successful to put the 49ers on top of the Seahawks 3-0.
After a quick three and out, the 49ers came right back out and rammed the ball down the Seahawks’ throat. They started their second drive with a 20-yard run, 15 -yard pass, and a couple of more running plays to get the 49ers in the redzone. Garoppolo threw a 26-yard touchdown strike to Kendrick Bourne to extend the lead to 10-0 against Seattle. The Seahawks’ offensive line was struggling to protect Russell Wilson in the first half and Wilson was sacked twice. Seahawks’ running back Chris Carson was struggling to find his rhythm and did not have a run over seven yards.
With under five minutes left in the half, the Seahawks defense came up big as Jadeveon Clowney forced a strip-sack that would result in a touchdown, cutting the deficit to three, 10-7. After a quick three and out by the 49ers, Seahawks receiver, DK Metcalf, nearly helped Seattle take the lead when he took a screen pass to the 2-yard line, but a 49ers’ defensive back would strip the ball before Metcalf’s knee touched the ground to cause the turnover. After a booth review, it was confirmed a turnover and the Seahawks lost a chance to put potential points on the board. The halftime score was 10-7 in favor of the 49ers.
On the first possession in the second half, Seahawks running back, Rashaad Penny, put the ball on the ground and the 49ers recovered their second fumble, but could not capitalize off the turnover. Late in the third quarter, Garoppolo overthrew his receiver, which resulted in a pick. After the pick, Seattle scored a touchdown to put themselves up 14-10 five minutes left in the third quarter. On the 49ers ensuing drive, Garoppolo fumbled the ball and the Seahawks recovered their second fumble. Carson rumbled down the field for a 15-yard gain, which put Seattle at the 1-yard line and scored on the next play to extend their lead 21-10. After a couple of three and outs by both teams, momentum switched as the 49ers’ defense caused a fumble, recovered it, and scored a touchdown. The 49ers opted to go for the 2-point conversion to make it a three-point game, 21-18. After a Seahawks three and out, the 49ers took advantage of great field position and tacked on a field goal to tie the game at 21 with 5 minutes left in regulation.
Wilson proved that he is the candidate for MVP as he took his team down the field for a potential game-winning field goal. On a 3rd and 5, Wilson threw a slant pass to Josh Gordon to extend the drive. Seattle had to resort to kicking a field goal to make it 24-21. The 49ers went down the field and kicked a game-tying field goal to make it 24-24. In overtime, Wilson took his team down the field but threw a critical interception at the 30-yard of the 49ers. 49ers drove down the field and had a chance to end the game on a field goal, but the field goal went wide left. Wilson had another crack to win the game with 45 seconds left in overtime and he put on his cape. Wilson ran for 20 yards to put his team in field goal range. With four seconds left, Jason Myers kicked the game-winning field goal to beat the undefeated 49ers 27-24.
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