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November 28, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Five key moments from the Seahawks’ 19-3 win over the 49ers

Two wins in five days is impressive enough in the NFL, where the game takes a physical toll and parity keeps things unpredictable.

But two wins in five days against NFC West rivals who are jostling with you for playoff position, one of them on the road?

A remarkable feat by the Seahawks. Especially when you consider the tenor of the season after Seattle’s 24-20 loss in Kansas City.

Russell Wilson said after the game: “The fight in the guys’ eyes was unmatchable tonight.” (Read more about the Seahawks finding themselves in Jerry Brewer’s postgame column)

So here the Seahawks are, 8-4 and in the playoffs if the season ended today, according to NFL.com.

As our Jayson Jenks pointed out right after the game:

The Seahawks’ next game, in Philadelphia against the Eagles on Dec. 7, looms large. But first, a look at five key moments from Thursday night’s dominant performance over the 49ers, one so thorough it prompted this tweet from 49ers CEO Jed York:

 

Richard Sherman INT gets things rolling for Seahawks

Seahawks corner back Richard Sherman struts off the field after intercepting a pass intended for Brandon Lloyd during the first quarter as the Seattle Seahawks take on the San Francisco 49ers  on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 27, 2014 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. (Betinna Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks corner back Richard Sherman struts off the field after intercepting a pass intended for Brandon Lloyd during the first quarter. (Betinna Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Both teams started the game in a sluggish fashion, with one first down between them through most of the first quarter. But the Seahawks seized the moment with the first break of the game.

The 49ers had a third-and-eight from their 30-yard line when quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw a deep pass intended for Brandon Lloyd. Sherman was in perfect position for his second interception of the season and ran it back to the San Francisco 45 with 5:29 to go in the first quarter. (Watch video of the interception here)

He would add a second one in the fourth quarter (video here), which gives him 23 for his career, the most among active players in their first four seasons, according to the NBC broadcast.

Read more about Sherman’s memorable night in Jenks’ story

 

Robert Turbin scores only TD of the game

Seahawks running back Robert Turbin scores a touchdown, the first points of the game, on a pass from Russell Wilson during the first quarter as the Seattle Seahawks take on the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 27, 2014 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. (John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks running back Robert Turbin scores a touchdown, the first points of the game, on a pass from Russell Wilson. (John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Sherman’s first interception set up a seven-play, 45-yard touchdown drive. Among the key plays was a 24-yard pass completion from Russell Wilson to Doug Baldwin and a 13-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Robert Turbin with 1:29 to go in the first quarter. (Watch video of the TD here)

It was only the first score of the game, but it provided a glimpse into how the rest of the game would unfold for the Seahawks.

Read about how the Seahawks refined that formula and appeared to have put themselves back on track in Bob Condotta’s story.

 

 Russell Wilson extends play, turns it into 63-yard pass play to Tony Moeaki

Seahawks tight end Tony Moeaki gains 63 yards to the 49ers one yard line on a pass from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson during the second quarter as the Seattle Seahawks take on the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 27, 2014 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The Seahawks were held out of the end zone for the next three plays and settled for a field goal, making the score 10-0. (John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks tight end Tony Moeaki gains 63 yards to the 49ers 1-yard line on a pass from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson during the second quarter. (John Lok / The Seattle Times)

The Seahawks built on their lead early in the second quarter when Wilson created another big play with his legs, scrambling and avoiding a sack before hitting tight end Tony Moeaki with a short pass that he took for 63 yards inside the 1-yard line. (Watch video here)

The Seahawks were not able to punch it in, however, as Steven Hauschka nailed a 21-yard field goal with 11:07 to go in first half to put the Seahawks up 10-0.

It was the longest pass play of the season for the Seahawks, surpassing the 60-yard pass play from Wilson to Jermaine Kearse against the Giants on Nov. 9. That play also did not result in a touchdown.

See what grades the Seahawks got in the various areas of the game in Bob Condotta’s Grading the Game

 

Jon Ryan avoids disaster, then Seahawks benefit

Seahawks punter Jon Ryan fumbles the punt and kicks under pressure from 49ers linebacker Corey Lemonier during the second quarter as the Seattle Seahawks take on the San Francisco 49ers  on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 27, 2014 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The kick was fumbled by the returner and recovered by Seahawks defensive lineman O'Brien Schofield.  (Betinna Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks punter Jon Ryan fumbles the punt and kicks under pressure from 49ers linebacker Corey Lemonier during the second quarter as the Seattle Seahawks take on the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 27, 2014 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The kick was fumbled by the returner and recovered by Seahawks defensive lineman O’Brien Schofield. (Betinna Hansen / The Seattle Times)

The Seahawks were forced to punt with 2:36 to go in the first half from the Seattle 25 already ahead 13-0.

That’s when it got interesting.

Seahawks punter Jon Ryan bobbled the snap, then somehow got the punt away with a 49ers defender bearing down on him. Then Perrish Cox, a former Seahawk, ran the punt back to the San Francisco 40 before the Seahawks’ Ricardo Lockette punched the ball out and O’Brien Schofield recovered the ball at the 49ers 40. (Watch video here)

A golden opportunity to extend the lead quickly soured, however, when Marshawn Lynch was hit with a taunting penalty on the first play after the fumble recovery.

That took them out of field goal range and the Seahawks eventually punted again.

 

Seahawks dominant on defense, again

This isn’t so much a moment in the game as much as it is a chance to take stock on exactly what the Seahawks have pulled off recently.

As Bob Condotta pointed out on Twitter after the game: In the last seven games, or since the Percy Harvin trade, the Seahawks have allowed an average of 252 yards per game. They led the NFL at 273.6 last season.

Just in the last two games alone, the Seahawks gave up 204 to the Cardinals and 164 to the 49ers.

The impact of Bobby Wagner and the top-flight play of Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor are giving the Seahawks a familiar look.

Read more in Condotta and Jenks’ postgame impressions

See more pictures of the game in our photo gallery

 

 

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