It’s official Seahawks fans. We’re not only the loudest fans in the NFL—we are the loudest fans IN THE WORLD! I know that may not come as a shock to many of you, especially anyone who has attended a game at CenturyLink Field. The important thing is our claim is now official.
The noise, coupled with outstanding defense played by the Seattle Seahawks got to the San Francisco 49ers early and both were persistent throughout the game. Three interceptions, all by members of the Legion of Boom, helped lead the team to a 29-3 win on Sunday Night Football.
As good as the Seahawks offense looked at the end, they looked miserable leading up to what turned into a one-hour delay for severe weather.
Through the first 12 minutes of the game, the only pass Russell Wilson “completed” was to 49ers safety Eric Reid. Of their first three series, the best outcome was a 37-yard punt by Jon Ryan. The worst was blocked punt on their opening possession where players of the team heard a whistle from the stands and thought officials had stopped play.
The 49ers took advantage of Seattle’s confusion and broke right through the line and easily blocked the punt by Ryan.
Fortunately the weather delay allowed the team to refocus while maintaining their energy they brought into the game at kickoff.
During a post-game press conference, Richard Sherman said Wilson found a way to wash away all of the negative energy from those first minutes of the game.
“During the break he came out of the shower or something and he looked like a bad man, and I knew we were all right,” said Sherman.
That’s when things started going the Seahawks way. A strip sack by Cliff Avril, who played his first game since coming to Seattle, and a holding call on the 49ers in the end zone, helped Seattle work up to a 5-0 lead at halftime.
After what may have been Wilson’s worst first half of football as a pro, a 51-yard completion to Doug Baldwin helped propel the team through the rest of the game. The Seahawks capped an 80-yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown run up the middle by Marshawn Lynch.
Lynch bounced back from his showing against the Panthers last week with 98 yards rushing and 37 yards receiving. Lynch accounted for all three of Seattle’s touchdowns. The most stylish of the three was a reception by Lynch on a blitz by the 49ers. With no defenders in his general area, Lynch stopped with his toes short of the goal line before stepping into the end zone.
The offense improved in the second half, but it was the defense that truly carried the Seahawks for the entire 60 minutes.
With the Seahawks up 19-3, Sherman intercepted a Colin Kaepernick pass intended for Vernon Davis early in the fourth quarter. The interception along with his coverage on Anquan Boldin helped earn Sherman Player of the Game honors.
Sherman said he asked Coach Pete Carroll to allow him to cover Boldin who had 13 catches for 208 yards against the Green Bay Packers last week. Boldin finished the game with only one reception for seven yards.
“I asked coach for a challenge,” said Sherman. “There’s a lot of talk about elite corners and who follows who, etcetera, etcetera. I wanted to negate that.”
With two more wins and one more interception than Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis, Sherman definitely has the early bragging rights between the two.
Sherman also had something for media members who used the first week of the season to try and predict the outcome of this week’s game.
“You see how smart they are,” said Sherman. “They might not have watched the last game we played them. It wasn’t that dissimilar from this score was it?”
Following their 42-13 win against San Francisco last year, the Seahawks had an opportunity to match their 29-point differential in this game but elected to take a knee and run out the clock for this year’s 26-point win.
Monday morning, Carroll accepted a certificate commemorating the record-breaking effort for “The Loudest Crowd Roar at a Sports Stadium” from former Seahawks player Joe Tafoya who led the Volume 12 group that organized the effort. The 136.6 decibels of noise beat out the previous record of 131.76 at a soccer match in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2011.
The Seahawks also broke an attendance record at CenturyLink with a crowd of 68,338.