NFL prime-time for week 9 brings us another divisional rivalry. This instalment features the top 2 teams from the NFC west. The (7-2) Seattle Seahawks will try to hand the (8-0) San Francisco 49ers their 1st loss in this 2019-20 NFL season. This is truly a battle of titans as both squads are in very favourable playoff odds and could very easily meet again in the post season. However with 7 weeks still to go after this match-up the top seed is still very much up for grabs.
See what happened in the Thursday Night Game Here!
The 1st score of the game would come from the leg of Chase McLaughlin. The 49ers kicker would boot a 40 yard field goal for the early 3-0 San Francisco lead. The undefeated home team wasn’t done there in the 1st as they’d finish the quarter with a touchdown on possession #2. Jimmy Garoppolo would find Kendrick Bourne in the end-zone for a 10 yard touchdown pass and a 10-0 lead after the 1st quarter for the 49ers. The 2nd quarter was a battle of the punters as the teams punted back and forth up until the 3-minute mark. This time the Seattle defence would put points on the board. Seahawks Jadeveon Clowney would scoop up a fumble and take it 10 yards for a touchdown. That score would cut the 49ers lead to 10-7, and the Seahawks were poised to take the lead at the half. However the 49er defence would force a fumble and escape the half with their lead still in tact.
The 3rd quarter was plagued by turnovers on both sides. In fact it wasn’t until the 4:37 mark that the Seahawks would score and take the lead. After an interception. Russel Wilson would find Jacob Hollister for 3 yards and a touchdown. giving Seattle their 1st lead of the game at 14-10. Seattle wasn’t done there as they’d force a fumble and turn that drive into points as well. This time the ground game would score as Chris Carson would scamper 1 yard for a touchdown and a 21-10 Seattle lead after 3. The turnovers would continue in the 4th as the 49ers would force an early fumble. DeForest Buckner would recover the ball and take it 12 yards for the touchdown. San Francisco would then convert on a 2-point convert to cut the lead to 21-18. Then 6-minutes later McLaughlin would nail a 39 yard field goal tying the game at 21-21. The game would remain tied until the 1:45 mark where Jason Myers would hit the 46 yard field goal putting Seattle up 24-21 with under 2-minutes to go. Then in the dying seconds of the game Chase McLaughlin would tie the game again with a 47 yard field goal, sending us to overtime at 24-24.
Seattle won the coin toss in overtime and would elect to get the ball 1st. They seemed to be moving the ball well, up until Wilson tossed an interception in the red zone. The pick would be returned to mid-field giving San Francisco a chance to win the game. However with 3-minutes to go and a 47 yard field goal to win, McLaughlin missed the attempt. This gave the Seahawks another chance to win the game. It would come down to Jason Myers with a 42 yard attempt. A kick that he nailed giving the Seahawks the 27-24 win in overtime. This would also give the 49ers their 1st loss of the season and put the 2 teams within a game of one another.
Now let’s have a look at the stats of the game starting with the quarterbacks. Russel Wilson had a decent outing for Seattle going 24/34 for 232 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Jimmy Garoppolo had an okay game going 24/46 for 248 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. On the Ground Chris Carson had a solid game getting 89 yards and 1 touchdown on 25 carries. Meanwhile Tevin Coleman managed 40 yards on 9 carries. The top receiver for the Seahawks was Jacob Hollister who had 8 catches for 62 yards and 1 touchdown. For the 49ers it was Deebo Samuel who had 112 yards on 8 catches. The kickers were almost perfect as Jason Myers went 2/2 and Chase McLaughlin went 3/4. As for the defences the Seahawks forced 3 turnovers whereas the 49er defence forced 4.
The next Monday Night Game will feature the (6-4) Kansas City Chiefs taking on the (4-6) Los Angeles Chargers. In the meantime look out for the Thursday Night match-up recap after the game ends on Thursday November 14th.