Seahawks 17, Niners 19 – The Aftermath

by Joe on December 26, 2011

Sorry I am a day late getting this out to you. Been kinda busy around here. More on that in a bit.

Anyway, it was a pretty decent game against the San Francisco 49ers. Seattle took a quick lead with a TD on their opening drive, held that lead throughout the first half, lost the lead in the third, retook it in the 4th, and lost it again.

All in all the Seahawks did decent. Obviously not good enough to win but decent. Here are a few of the highlights for me:

1. Marshawn Lynch – San Francisco had not allowed a 100 yard rusher or a rushing TD all year. Marshawn Lynch made somewhat easy work of those. He had the bulk of his yards in the first half and finished with 107 yards on 21 carries and one TD. That is a performance I will take any game of the year. Of course 28 rushes for 150 would be better but 100 yards is a good day no matter who you are playing.

I don’t know if Seattle will resign Lynch in the offseason or even if they should sign him. He has done great for the Seahawks this year and has really ignited some excitement for the fans. Lynch has given this team somewhat of an identity and that is very important. But it is always scary giving running backs any sort of decent money. I could see the wisdom both ways on this one.

2. Blocked punt – Without going back and looking through all the stats I think this is the 6th blocked kick for the Seahawks this year (2 punts, 3 FGs, and an XP if I am not mistaken). Blocked kicks are huge game changers and Seattle was able to turn this blocked punt into a TD. Great job by the special teams on this play.

3. Ricardo Lockette – 1 catch  for 44 yards might not seem like much but this was Lockette’s first NFL catch and it really got Seattle off to a great start and helped on their opening TD drive. It was a pretty great catch and hopefully we can see more of this from Lockette in the future.

4. Kam Chancellor with 10 more tackles – This has been a HUGE year for Chancellor. 89 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 12 passes defended, and 4 interceptions. That is an awesome stat line for a safety. Kam is quickly becoming one of my favorite Seahawks and I will be sure to get a Kam Chancellor jersey next season as soon as they are available, hopefully in April when Nike takes over the jersey contract.

This secondary will be scary next year. Chancellor and Thomas are probably the best safety tandem in the game and Sherman and Browner are freakish with their size and speed. And don’t forget about Walter Thurmond who is injured and Roy Lewis who has done pretty decent when he has played. They can go 6 deep without any glaring weaknesses.

5. My son’s first Seahawks game – Yeah, this is why I have been busy:

First Seahawks Game

My boy Clyde's first Seahawks game!

Yeah, that’s right. My wife and I had our first child on Thursday. He is a beautiful baby boy and even though he slept through most of the game I know he really enjoyed it. I have been waiting a long time to watch a game with my boy and even though Seattle lost it was probably my favorite Seahawks game ever because I got to watch it holding my baby.

And don’t worry, he has plenty of Seahawks gear. Most of it is a bit big right now but he will fit it very soon.

OK, enough mushy stuff.

Seattle has one more game left against the Arizona Cardinals. A win would put them at 8-8 which would be huge for this team. Most “experts” had Seattle at around 4 wins. Some even had them as the front runners for the first pick in the draft. Personally I was a bit overly optimistic and had them at 10 wins but I am very pleased with an 8-8 record.

This is a very young team that lost some good players to injury but they kept growing and getting better as the season progressed. I would have been happy with a 4-12 record as long as I saw the team getting better and saw them building for the future. But the Seahawks have surprised nearly everyone this year and I love the attitude this team is playing with.

Pete Carroll and John Schneider are building a winner here. Not a short term, one year flash in the pan but a long term winning organization. We could see this team rattle off 5 or 6 straight playoff appearances over the next few years and challenge for the Super Bowl a few times.

The future is very bright for this team (the present hasn’t been bad either) and best of all they now have a new fan rooting for them.


Danny Kelly December 26, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Congrats on your son Joe!!

Joe December 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Thanks Danny. It has been an awesome few days so far. Can’t wait for the years to come and to celebrate the first Seahawks Super Bowl with my little guy next year.

Jamie Birch December 27, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Man, it was a great article, but I wasn’t all teary eyed till you said “I have been waiting a long time to watch a game with my boy …” I’m so happy for you and your wife. Having 3 boys myself, I know how cool those moments are. You’ll have some amazing ones in the years to come my friend!

Go hawks!

Joe December 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I was pretty teary all day thinking about all the firsts I will get to experience with him over the years. I am sure some of them will be more fun than others but I really am looking forward to seeing this little guy grow up.

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