Week 8 Recap: San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks hosted the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday and stood their ground in a pivotal Week 8 matchup. The 49ers limped off the field with injuries to Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle while Seattle won their seventh game of the sixth game of the year and knocked San Francisco down to 4-4.


The Seahawks opened the first quarter with the ball but ultimately punted on their first two drives. San Francisco also punted on their first drive before Jimmy Garoppolo was picked off by D.J. Reed on the second drive. This interception led to a 46-yard touchdown strike from Russell Wilson to DK Metcalf as time expired in the opening quarter. Jason Myers‘s extra-point was no good, giving Seattle a 6-0 lead entering the second quarter.

Eight minutes later, JaMycal Hasty pounded the ball in to give the 49ers their first (and last) lead of the game. It took just four minutes of the Seahawks to strike again; Wilson hit Metcalf from two yards out for the score. The teams exchanged punts to end the half.

In the third quarter, the 49ers choked away whatever remaining sense of hope they had. Their first drive resulted in a punt, which led to a DeeJay Dallas touchdown catch for the Seahawks. The next San Francisco series culminated after just four seconds as Cody Barton forced a huge fumble on a punt and Nick Bellore scooped it up. Wilson hit Moore to take the 27-7 lead. San Francisco’s next drive ended in a punt as Garoppolo was sacked. Garoppolo exited the game and never returned, giving way to Nick Mullens.

Seattle opened the fourth quarter with a field goal before the Niners made thing interesting and scored three touchdowns as Jerick McKinnon ran in for a score, Ross Dwelley caught a touchdown pass, and Brandon Aiyuk caught a touchdown pass. Mixed in between those three scores, however, was a DeeJay Dallas touchdown, so Seattle maintained a 37-27 lead with under two minutes to play. They got the ball back and iced the game, picking up their sixth win of the season.


DK Metcalf stole the show this week with 10 catches for 141 yards and two scores. DeeJay Dallas logged just 58 scrimmage yards but found the end zone twice. Under center, Russell Wilson was 27-for-37 with 261 yards and four touchdowns.

Despite playing in just one quarter, Nick Mullens had a big game for the 49ers in the loss. He completed 18 of 25 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns. Garoppolo was limited to 84 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. Brandon Aiyuk (eight catches, 91 yards, touchdown) and Kendrick Bourne (eight catches, 81 yards) impressed through the air. George Kittle finished with just two catches for 39 yards prior to exiting with an injury. San Francisco running backs finished with just 18 carries for 48 yards. Tevin Coleman re-aggravated his knee injury, meaning JaMycal Hasty is once again in line to take on an expanded role.

Defensively, Bobby Wagner had a big game for the Seahawks with 11 tackles, two sacks, four quarterback hits, and three tackles for loss. Emmanuel Moseley and Dre Greenlaw impressed for the 49ers with 18 tackles combined. Fred Warner posted four tackles, including one for loss and one on the quarterback, cementing himself as a reliable linebacker. His recent success prompted the 49ers to trade fellow linebacker Kwon Alexander to the New Orleans Saints on Monday.


What’s Next?

The Seahawks travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills in what should be an interesting Week 9 matchup. As for the 49ers, they play host to a talented Green Bay Packers team that was struck by a crushing upset against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

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