From the Sidelines: Seahawks at 49ers

Published on September 13, 2011 by     Seahawks.Com News (Feed)

The Seahawks move on from Sunday’s season-opening 33-17 defeat at the 49ers with an 0-1 record but, surprisingly enough, a load of positives, momentum and, most importantly, lessons learned — even if it was via the hard and painful way.

One game does not make a season.

And fortunately for the Seahawks, one game does not break a season either.

The Seahawks move on from Sunday’s season-opening 33-17 defeat at the 49ers with an 0-1 record but, surprisingly enough, a load of positives, momentum and, most importantly, lessons learned — even if it was via the hard and painful way.

So with just one game down and a lifetime of a season left, the team presses on, knowing exactly what needs to change for Week 2 and beyond.

Themselves.

The recipe for improvement lies inwardly for the Seahawks, who weren’t necessarily outplayed but instead simply made mistakes — penalties, turnovers, special team miscues — that radically changed the tone and outcome of the game. That knowledge — coupled with the momentum and internal belief that was born on Sunday in San Francisco — can only mean better things from here on out.

The theme that wove itself through the beginning, middle and end of the season opener was almost prophetic on Coach Pete Carroll’s part — the final score would be based around whether the Seahawks performed like they’re capable of.

“It’s about us,” Carroll told the players before the game in the locker room that was dripping with emotion, anticipating, excitement. “It’s about the guys in this room.”

By the time the team returned to that locker room after two quarters, the 49ers were up 16-0 thanks to a lackluster overall performance by the offense and an ill-timed fumble by Tarvaris Jackson. Fortunately, though, the defense held three of four 49er red-zone drives to field goals in the first half.

“The defense gave us a chance,” Carroll said during halftime. “But we made it easy on them.

“We can come back, but it’s going to take a little bit of time. Don’t give them anything and let’s go get this win.”

Perhaps with those words, belief and confidence were sparked among the Seahawks. The offense methodically came back in the second half to close to within two points with less than four minutes remaining in the game.

“We’re going to win this game,” linebacker Matt McCoy exclaimed on the sideline in the fourth quarter, articulating the belief that everyone else on the bench was feeling.

A team that was virtually hopeless in the first half had come alive, and that momentum will assuredly carry on.

But again, miscues cost the Seahawks, this time on special teams as a penalty negated a 70-yard punt return by Leon Washington and the 49ers scored two return touchdowns in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to clinch the victory.

And come time for Carroll’s postgame speech, the late-game turnaround was what he emphasized, because that positive momentum is what can be bottled up and carried on through the coming week and into the next game, on Sunday in Pittsburgh.

“This is a really important moment for us,” Carroll said in the locker room after the loss. “It came back in our control in the second half. It didn’t look like we could but we did. We did what we needed to do to get us back in it. You guys made the plays to give us a chance.”

The defeat wasn’t a total loss for the Seahawks. They showed they can finish strong, keep fighting through adversity and battle back. And they also showed that it’s awfully difficult to win when making so many mistakes.

“When we make those kinds of huge errors, it makes it so hard to win,” the coach said. “We’ve got to clean it up.”

via From the Sidelines: Seahawks at 49ers.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

Dec 29, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco 49ers fullback Will Tukuafu (48) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Will Tukuafu Seahawks’ new Fullback, 285-pound force

Marshawn Lynch may soon have a huge, new plow in front of him in the Seahawks’ backfield. How huge? ...
141029daily660

Winless team? Rookie QB? Seahawks have been here before

Their record might indicate that the Oakland Raiders are the worst team in the NFL. But the video ...
tempRM8_4275-2--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Pete Carroll, almost scoffing: No, Seahawks aren’t trading Marshawn Lynch

No, the Seahawks aren’t trading Marshawn Lynch. No, we don’t hate him or think he’s useless. No, you can’t believe ...
tempRM5_2099-2--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

A lot of defense and just enough offense delivers big win

A whole lot of defense and just enough offense at just the right time. For the third consecutive season, ...
percy_harvin_jets_usatsi

Russell Wilson: ‘Percy and I never had differences

In the six days since the Seahawks unceremoniously dumped Percy Harvin on the Jets for a conditional sixth-round ...
wilson-entourage

Russell Wilson isn’t “Black Enough,” Seahawks Players Allegedly Say

After Percy Harvin was traded to the Jets, the leaks began almost immediately. Harvin physically fought teammates. Harvin ...
hi-res-c36ccb423dec27409ba5c600d9a89b53_crop_exact

Seahawks say they are far from buried

Here’s something to help the morning coffee go down more smoothly: Sure, these aren’t the same Seahawks who blew ...
Oct 19, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs the ball for a touchdown during the second half of a football game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams won 28-26.  Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson is first player in NFL history to have 300/100 game

Peyton Manning wasn't the only NFL quarterback who made history in Week 7, so did Russell Wilson.In the ...

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com
 

lat-noise-wre0011368363-20130915

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz