Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

49ers vs. Seahawks recap: Seattle cruises to 43-16 blowout victory

49ers vs. Seahawks recap: Seattle cruises to 43-16 blowout victory

"I thought the pocket was knocked down quite a bit", Carroll said. And it wasn't. But that may simply be that Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer did not use Russell Wilson enough.

This game is significant because it is cornerback Richard Sherman's first game back in Seattle after spending his first seven seasons with the Seahawks.

Coach Pete Carroll wasn't joking when he stated after the game that throwing three touchdowns in only six pass attempts is "rare".

Losing here is an annual ritual for the 49ers, and Sunday's eighth straight losing visit came with all the familiar trappings en route to a 43-16 defeat.

Meanwhile, Garcon has been dealing with a nagging knee injury for most of the season, so him being sidelined once again doesn't come as a huge surprise. Thus, it will be interesting to see how San Francisco's responds if Seattle can put up some points in the board early in an effort to try and break the game open. Maybe the team is determined to establish the run first against anyone they play?

Sherman called it "just a regular game" when asked about his emotions heading into his Seattle return.

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Russell Wilson had another memorably efficient performance, completing 11-of-17 passes for 18 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Wilson was great and he could have been even greater. Both Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny ran for over 60 yards.

After being named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week following a flawless game in Carolina, Sebastian Janikowski botched not one but two extra point opportunities.

During each of his first three seasons in the league, Lockett has garnered All-Pro recognition as a return specialist. He isn't the best receiver on the planet. Over the season's final four games, it's imperative that the Niners find out not only who belongs but whether those who do can play a significant role.

When the dust settled, only the Niners and Raiders were left with just two victories and in prime position for the top pick, a contest that figures to give new meaning to the "Battle of the Bay". Receiver Dante Pettis, a 2018 second-round pick, has set an ideal example, racking up nine catches for 206 yards and three touchdowns over the past two weeks. He was a wise sign in the offseason.

CenturyLink, widely known as the NFL's most deafening stadium, can make opponents very uncomfortable for other reasons. It keeps them on the path to a wild-card spot that is looking more and more attainable. Germain Ifedi had a bad penalty but the refs were terrible on Sunday.

After getting gashed for 220 rushing yards last week, Seattle's defensive line held up much better at the point of attack with undrafted rookie Poona Ford replacing injured Shamar Stephen in the starting lineup and Naz Jones playing an expanded reserve role.

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