Christine Michael carried the ball 20 times for 106 yards, and scored the first two rushing touchdowns of his career, in Seattle’s 37-18 blow out win over San Francisco. The much maligned running back was pretty much unstoppable whenever he touched the football on the season.
Michael’s first rushing touchdown was a thing of beauty, he bounced through the hole on the left side of the line and turning up field to score on a 41-yard run. The running back’s second touchdown was a four yard dash through the meat of San Francisco’s defense. While he didn’t score throughout the rest of the game, Michael was extremely efficient whenever he touched the ball.
The Seahawks offense, Michael in particular, took advantage of a porous 49ers defense on Sunday. Quarterback Russell Wilson averaged 10.6 yards per pass, while completing 65% of his passes.
Wilson routinely found tight end Jimmy Graham in one on one match-ups throughout the first three-quarters. Graham’s touchdown came when he was in between two-line backers in the end zone, the ball was slightly overthrown and the tight end went up to go get it. The tight end finished the night with six catches for 100 yards, 16.7 yards per catch. This was the type of performance Seahawk fans were envisioning when Graham was acquired from New Orleans.
For Seattle, there was a scary moment in the third quarter when Wilson rolled outside of the pocket on a pass play and a San Francisco defender closed from behind him. The defender pulled Wilson down as he rolled into the quarterback’s left knee. Wilson was down on the ground for a while before walking off on his own power, surrounded by training staff. Back-up quarterback Trevone Boykin came in for one snap, and then Wilson returned — Graham’s 18 yard touchdown reception.
Seattle’s defense continued its string of dominance as they held the Niners to 254 yards of total offense. Blaine Gabbert was constantly under pressure and didn’t have time to progress through his reads. As a result, he was held to 4.8 yards per completion on 25 attempts. San Francisco only managed 119 passing yards against the Hawks secondary, and that was primarily the result of the intense amount of pressure Gabbert was under throughout the majority of the game.
Boykin played the majority of the fourth quarter and tossed his first career touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with nearly 13 minutes left in the game. The rookie also tossed the first interception of his career later in the drive.
Wideout Doug Baldwin also had himself one hell of a game as he caught eight passes for 164 yards and one touchdown. Baldwin was wide open multiple times throughout the game, and both Seattle QBs made the Niners pay for that oversight.
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