In the last week of the regular season in the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks traveled to the Bay to take on the San Francisco 49ers in what was perhaps Chip Kelly’s last game as head coach.
With a multitude of playoff scenarios swirling around, it was one of those games which was a formality and where the result would simply dictate a matter of seeding.
Well it wasn’t a very competitive game, but a win is a win is a win is a win. Rebounding from that weird loss to Tampa Bay last week, the Seahawks murked the Carolina Panthers in Seattle in a game that had an interesting start which included a rare Derek Anderson sighting, a rare Marshawn Lynch sighting, and the possible last play of Earl Thomas’ magnificent career (please stay Earl).
Under the bright lights of Monday Night Football, the Seattle Seahawks’ faithful never seemed more loud. It took every single down for the ‘Hawks to pull out the win, and it would be hard to argue that the crowd noise was not a factor.
And man, what a game it was.
It’s clear that Russell Wilson is hurt. His rushing yards have dropped dramatically this year, and his fluttering scrambles out of the pocket that usually frustrate opponents have been virtually nonexistent.
Despite his extremely limited mobility, he has maintained a stellar pocket presence, possessing the wherewithal to either throw the ball away or take the hit while protecting the football.