For 20 minutes and a change, the Seahawks failed to pull together in attack against the 49ers on Sunday, producing a negative distance on five drives to three and failing to land a single first down.
Thankfully, led by Russell Wilson, Seattle came out of its long funk at the end of the first half and ended up scoring three post-half touchdowns to push San Francisco back for a crucial 28-21 win in the Game D opening of NFC West for both teams.
After watching the game again, which players shone as the biggest stars as the Seahawks snapped a two-game slippage against their bitter rival? Here are my top five performers of Sunday’s victory and other notable performances.
Global mark: 92.0 (Cover 95, Tackle 92, Run Defense 88)
After giving up a quick touchdown to the 49ers in their first practice, the Seahawks needed someone to step in and play defense. Diggs took the top honors, using his previous film study to his advantage and skipping a curl lane by George Kittle for an easy interception, the team’s first this season. He continued to be active throughout the game, racking up seven tackles while functioning as a heat seeking missile and making two more pass breakouts, including teaming up with Jamal Adams to knock the ball out of Kittle’s hands. on a jump ball situation at the end. zone to prevent a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Continuing to be one of the best center fielder in the NFL, he allowed a seven-yard reception on four targets and the 49ers couldn’t get anything in the seams or with corner / post roads to the low.
Global mark: 88.0 (Pass 86, Precipitation 90)
Statistically, Sunday was not one of Wilson’s best performances. He finished with just 149 passing yards while completing 16 of 23 passes and averaging a 6.5 yard pedestrian per attempt. He was also not effective on third downs, completing one of five passes for 28 yards while being sacked on three more setbacks. But when the Seahawks needed him to carry them, Wilson did just that with his arms and legs and played like an MVP. With the game tied at seven early in the third, he stepped back in time to 2013 by turning the corner and exploding in front of several defenders before diving to the pylon for a 16-yard touchdown. When the 49ers tried to blitz him, they paid dearly as he completed five of nine passes for 58 yards and two touchdowns, including a spectacular sack out from cornerback Dontae Johnson to find Freddie Swain for a score of 13 yards.
Global mark: 87.0 (rush 88, receive 92, block passes 82)
Since returning to the Seahawks at the start of the 2020 season as a training squad, a leaner and faster Collins has been a revelation and continued his impressive history of redemption with a sensational effort in all phases on Sunday. With the offense stuck in quicksand, he provided an immediate spark by slipping out of the backfield and catching a quick dump from Wilson late in the second quarter, sprinting on the sidelines for 28 yards and the first first down. of the match team. Then in the fourth quarter, making perfect use of his Irish dancing experience, he used his quick feet and vision to squeeze through the 49ers defense for a 14-yard touchdown to take the lead to 28-13. He finished the day with 44 rushing yards and 34 receiving yards while forcing three missed tackles on just 12 touches and also had some nice blitz pickups in pass protection as icing on the cake.
Global mark: 85.0 (Cover 82, Tackle 90, Run Defense 88)
Much like he did a year ago when he came out of nowhere as a key contributor for the Seahawks, Neal simply made a splash by playing a season-high with 26 defensive shots from the packet. ten cents from the team. Making the most of his first extended playing time in 2021, he produced four tackles, including rookie Trey Lance’s jam on a third quarterback in the third quarter to force the 49ers to punt. On the cover, he did exactly what coach Pete Carroll and defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. hoped he would do in helping neutralize Kittle. He allowed two receptions for 21 yards on three targets, but Kittle’s lone achievement was stopped long before the first scorer and the 49ers missed a field goal on the next play. On a drive later in the game, he got his hands on another third down pass aimed at Kittle, leading to another punt. The former South Illinois star has earned more shots to move forward.
Global mark: 82.5 (receive 84, block execution 76)
Similar to Wilson, this was far from the best game in Metcalf. As Seattle’s offense spat for most of the first half, he had two Wilson third assists slipping his hands, including a well-thrown bomb on a vertical road along the line. right side that looked like it had been torn from his hands by the cornerback. Emmanuel Mosley. He also had a glaring fall on an exit route that would have shifted the chains. But as he always has when he makes mistakes, the All-Pro rebounded, winning a 28-yard grab to move Seattle into the red zone for the first time. Using exquisite release to leverage inside on an incline for a 12-yard touchdown two plays later, he lowered his shoulder and propelled himself into the end zone to tie the game. He wrapped up a strong afternoon with four receptions for 65 yards and made two tackles along the way.
Other notable performances
Neither Seattle offensive lineman played well for most of the first half, which drastically lowered their respective scores. But center Kyle Fuller continues to progress steadily, as he only allowed one push in pass protection and landed some quality blocks in the running game to help Collins find space to operate. , earning an overall rating of 74.0. Tackle Cedric Ogbuehi rebounded from being burned by a Dee Ford sprint and gave up a quick sack early, giving up no extra pressure and performing well in the ground game for a score of 76.0. On the outside, Freddie Swain had limited opportunities, catching three passes for 20 yards and receiving an overall rating of 80.0.
Slightly missing the top five, Jamal Adams has played his best game of the season so far. The star safety allowed just one reception on eight yards and dealt a massive blow to Kittle to help him drop the ball out of his hands in the end zone. He also had a key break in a double pass to Kittle, although an argument could be made a better first pass would have left him exposed. A pair of missed tackles also lowered his rating a bit, but he still finished with a covering rating of 84.0 and 81.5 overall. DJ Reed was exceptional sliding to the right cornerback and, like Adams, only a missed tackle kept him from a top-five spot with an 81.0 overall score after allowing just one catch for seven yards. Carlos Dunlap didn’t register any tackles, but he was constantly harassing Lance in the second half and if it weren’t for a few obvious catches that weren’t reported, he may have had several sacks which caused him earned a solid score of 77.0.