Seahawks Fast Facts: Jimmy G steps in, leads 49ers past Seattle 27-7
There seemed to be a better chance of Jimmy Garoppolo playing quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks than the San Francisco 49ers this season. Unfortunately for Seattle, Garoppolo remains a member of the 49ers, and that turned out to be important for San Francisco on Sunday.
Garoppolo took over at QB in the first quarter for the injured Trey Lance to lead the 49ers to a dominant 27-7 win over the Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Seattle’s offense struggled mightily, with the Hawks’ only points coming from a special teams play.
The result evened the two NFC West rivals in the standings at 1-1, tying them with the whole division. The defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams just held off a spirited comeback attempt by the Atlanta Falcons to get their first win, and the Arizona Cardinals won in overtime against the Raiders to also win for the first time.
Lance had to be carted off the field with his leg in an air cast after suffering a season-ending ankle injury, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said after the game. That proved the 49ers’ last-minute decision to rework their contract with Garoppolo just prior to the season look particularly smart.
San Francisco made it clear after the 2021 season that Lance, the third overall pick in 2021, would take over the starting QB job, and with Seattle parting ways with Russell Wilson, Garoppolo seemed a logical solution for the Hawks. But the Seahawks never made an indication they were interested in any QB other than who they had in-house, with Geno Smith winning the job after training camp and the preseason, and the Niners found a way to keep Garoppolo even though he reportedly wasn’t given a playbook in training camp and all signs pointed to him either being traded or released.
Smith was a hero for the Seahawks last Monday night as they knocked off Wilson and his new team, the Denver Broncos, but the juice Seattle seemed to have at home was nonexistent for much of the game in Santa Clara, Calif.
The 49ers jumped out to a 20-0 lead by halftime thanks to a pair of field goals in the first quarter and a couple of TDs in the second, and San Francisco never looked back from there.
Ross da boss!
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) September 18, 2022
What you need to know
The Seahawks struggled to get much going on offense, and mistakes made matters worse – most notably a trick play in a goal line situation where running back DeeJay Dallas was picked off trying to connect with DK Metcalf in the end zone (it’s never a good sign when a running back registers a pass attempt and tackle on the same play).
T̶h̶e̶ ̶B̶a̶y̶ Pick City
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) September 18, 2022
Seattle’s lone highlight was a blocked field goal by rookie cornerback Tariq Woolen, which was recovered and returned 86 yards by fellow Hawks corner Mike Jackson for a touchdown.
EXACTLY WHAT WE NEEDED!
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) September 18, 2022
The 49ers put the game away with Garoppolo’s 1-yard TD sneak on fourth-and-goal just inside the two-minute warning.
Jimmy G QB sneak 🙌
And that should do it.
— NFL (@NFL) September 18, 2022
• Veteran defensive end Shelby Harris was ruled out after a glute injury in the first half.
• Third-year guard Damien Lewis came out in the first half with a thigh injury and did not return. Lewis missed the season opener with a knee and ankle injuries.
• Seahawks QB Geno Smith completed 24 of 30 passes for 197 yards for no touchdowns and one interception. He was sacked twice. Running back Deejay Dallas threw a second interception.
• Wide receiver Tyler Lockett was the main target for Seattle, hauling in nine receptions for 107 yards on 11 targets. DK Metcalf was held to 35 yards on four catches.
• The Seahawks’ run game was shut down, rushing for just 36 yards as a team to 189 by San Francisco. Rashaad Penny had 15 yards on six carries to lead Seattle, with rookie Ken Walker III adding 10 yards on four attempts in his NFL debut.
• Rookie pass rusher Boye Mafe had Seattle’s lone sack. Linebackers Jordyn Brooks and Cody Barton tied for the team lead with 11 tackles.
• Leaders for the 49ers: Jeff Wilson Jr. had 84 rushing yards on 18 carries; Brandon Aiyuk made five catches for 63 yards; Jimmy Garoppolo was 13 for 21 passing for 154 yards, a TD and no interceptions; and Nick Bosa had two sacks.
• San Francisco had 25 first downs to Seattle’s 14, ran 70 offensive plays to Seattle’s 47, and outgained the Seahawks 373 total yards to 216. The Hawks also committed three turnovers (two interceptions, one lost fumble) while the 49ers had a clean sheet, and Seattle had 10 penalties for a loss of 106 yards to San Francisco’s one for 26 yards.
Up next for the Seahawks
The Seahawks will return home to Lumen Field to take on the Atlanta Falcons (0-2) in Week 3. Kickoff is set 1:25 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25. Coverage will be carried on Seattle Sports 710 AM and KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM, the flagship stations of the Seahawks Radio Network, beginning with the pregame show at 11 a.m.
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