Seattle Seahawks Stuns San Francisco 49ers & Oddsmakers As Pete Carroll Cruises To Win In Debut

September 12th, 2010 – by Jimmy

For many, the San Francisco 49ers were expected to be the new champs of the NFC West however those expectations may need to be adjusted as the Niners find themselves one game in the hole after losing to the Seattle Seahawks, 31-6.

This game went anything but as expected. After a slow first quarter and start to the second, the Seahawks were finally able to get on the board. From 1 yard out, Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck got into the end zone to tie the game at 6 a piece. Olindo Mare would add the extra point and the Seahawks would never look back.

Before the half, the Seahawks would let the 49ers know they meant business as Hasselbeck would score again, this time with his arm, on a 13 yard touchdown pass to Deon Butler with just :06 remaining on the clock. Seattle would lead 14-6 at the half.

Starting the second half, the Niners would have the ball, but that wouldn’t last long. On 3rd & 8 from their own 22, 49ers QB Alex Smith would drop back. Instead of finding Michael Crabtree, Smith found Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant. Trufant would make the most of his interception by returning it 32 yards for a touchdown. With the extra point, Seattle would lead 21-6.

Though leading comfortably, the Seahawks weren’t done yet. With 2:56 remaining in the 3rd quarter, Hasselbeck would hook up with WR Deion Branch on a 3 yard touchdown completion. The score at the end of the 3rd, 28-6.

Finally, in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks would add a field goal from the foot of Olindo Mare. Mare connected from 35 yards out giving the Seahawks a 31 to 6 advantage, the final score of the game.

In the winning effort, Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck threw for 170 yards on 18 of 23 attempts. Hasselbeck had 2 touchdowns but also had an interception. On the ground, Justin Forsett, Julius Jones, and Leon Washington split the majority of the carries with Forsett gaining the most, 43 yards on 7 carries with a long of 32 yards. No Seattle running backs scored a touchdown.

To know just how wrong things went, just look at San Francisco’s statistics. Workhouse RB Frank Gore was only able to gain 38 yards on 17 carries to go along with 6 receptions for 45 yards. Gore left the 49ers high and dry as well as fantasy football owners. Niners QB Alex Smith didn’t have a much better day. Though Smith threw for 225 yards, he had no touchdowns and two interceptions. Smith wasn’t much above a 50% completion rate going 26 of 45. TE Vernon Davis did perform solidly in terms of offense. Davis, San Francisco’s top receiver, caught 8 balls for 73 yards just a day after signing a contract extension.

Oddsmakers in Vegas were defied by this outcome. On the consensus, NFL Betting Odds had the San Francisco 49ers favored to win this game by 3 points. That definitely didn’t happen as Seattle beat the spread by 28 points. Oddsmakers were right about one thing though… the over/under. At most Online Sportsbooks, the total for this game was set at 37 points, the exact total of the game (some sportsbooks varied by .5 in either direction).

For Pete Carroll, this is the welcome back to the league he had wanted but that almost nobody had predicted. This win makes a statement to the rest of the NFC West, and if the Seahawks can keep momentum and Pete Carroll’s college “Go Get ‘Em” spirit, fans in the great northwest may just find their beloved Seahawks in the 2010 NFL playoffs.

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