Figuring It Out: How the Seattle Seahawks Contained the San Francisco 49ers

September 17, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Thunder and lightning were prevalent in Seattle Sunday night.
Aside from being the reason Sunday night's contest between San Francisco and Seattle was suspended for an hour during the first quarter of play, the Seahawks, their fans and especially their defense played with a moxie that was all too analogous to the weather in the Emerald City.
Storming onto the field in front of a capacity and record-setting crowd at CenturyLink Field, the Seahawks may have struggled offensively early on, but their defense was firing on all cylinders. Even without starters Chris Clemons, Bruce Irvin and Kam Chancellor, Seattle managed to contain a 49ers offense that had put up 34 points on the Green Bay Packers in Week 1. Not only that, but the Seahawks also forced five turnovers on the night—three interceptions and two fumbles—while cruising in the second half to a 29-3 victory that has since propelled them to the top of the NFL rankings.
So how did they manage to shut do...

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