1. The much-maligned Seahawks defense has reacted in a big way.
The Seahawks entered Sunday’s game after allowing the most yards, passing yards and first downs of any team in the NFL, and there was a lot of criticism of that unit after that the Cardinals scored 37 points last weekend to hand Seattle their first loss of the season.
The Seahawks came into this game looking to start making a difference in defense, but they also did so with a very short defense. All-Pro safety Jamal Adams missed a fourth game in a row with a groin injury, Pro-Bowl cornerback Shaquill Griffin was out with a concussion and a hamstring injury, the Starting defensive end Benson Mayowa suffered an ankle injury and nickel DB Ugo Amadi, who took over that role from an injured Marquise Blair, suffered a hamstring injury.
Yet despite all of those key players missing for injury, and despite all the issues in the first six games, the Seahawks defense put in their best performance of the season, holding the 49ers to one goal for more than three quarters. until San Francisco succeeds. to score three touchdowns after Seattle established a 30-7 lead.
The Seahawks kept San Francisco to just 116 yards and averaging 3.4 yards per play in the first half, and the 49ers gained 1 yard on two possessions in the third quarter. During three quarters, the 49ers’ offensive possessions are gone: punt, interception, touchdown, punt, end of half, punt, punt. And that touchdown was aided by a questionable passer call, and also required a fourth conversion.
And yes, giving up three late scores to quarterback Nick Mullens was hardly ideal, but the Seahawks were playing pretty soft cover with such a big lead, and what they did for three quarters to keep San Francisco down to just one. scoring and 117 yards was a big step in the right direction.
The Seahawks used a lot of pressure to make life difficult for Jimmy Garoppolo, especially on the third down, and sacked him three times, including two by Bobby Wagner.