Seahawks thump 49ers 19-3

The Seahawks used the same recipe of suffocating defense and ball-control offense that helped the club win the first Super Bowl in franchise history to defeat the 49ers in San Francisco. Longtime scout and Seattle-area resident Rob Rang provides Ten Takeaways from the game.

With a 19-3 victory in San Francisco that proved every bit as satisfying as a second-helping of turkey, the Seahawks silenced their rivals and vaulted into second place in the NFC West.

The following is Rob Rang's Ten Takeaways of the impressive win.

10. In Seattle's second consecutive dominating 19-3 victory over a high caliber division opponent, the difference was again at the quarterback position. Russell Wilson completed 15 of 22 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown while also alertly rushing for 35 yards and a few key first downs. Colin Kaepernick, on the other hand, completed 16 of 29 passes for just 121 yards and threw two interceptions to Richard Sherman. Kaepernick's numbers could have been much worse. Sherman, Tharold Simon and Kam Chancellor each had potential interceptions slip through their hands.

9. As noted by Al Michaels on the telecast, the ratio of penalties called against Seattle to San Francisco was 5:1. Penalties continue to be called disproportionately against the Seahawks and they aren't just of the aggressive nature. This remains an area that Seattle needs to work on, even as the team deserves to feel very good about its current two-game winning streak.

8. With Jeremy Lane among the team's inactives, the Seahawks adjusted by bringing Tharold Simon in on nickel. Rather than keeping him inside where Lane would have played, however, the Seahawks used Simon outside where his length is best suited and moved normal starting corner Byron Maxwell inside to cover the slot. Maxwell is more agile and aggressive in fighting through blocks in run support, traits more important inside.

7. As anticipated, the Seahawks started Lemuel Jeanpierre over Patrick Lewis at center. Though the Seahawks have struggled running the football up the middle (and given up a pressures up the middle, as well), Jeanpierre was an upgrade. He proved key in helping Lynch rush for 104 yards Thursday night.

6. Cliff Avril got the credit for a first quarter sack of Colin Kaepernick, but defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and defensive tackles Michael Bennett and Jordan Hill deserve kudos, as well. Bennett and Hill are Seattle's quickest interior pass rushers and they were able to collapse the pocket, giving Kaepernick no room to step up into the pocket as Avril drove San Francisco's Jonathan Martin back with a good bull rush before slipping off to pull the 49ers' QB down.

5. Likewise, Sherman certainly deserves credit for his first quarter interception, though he was certainly aided by what appeared to be a terrible throw by Kaepernick. With Sherman playing inside, veteran wideout Brandon Lloyd appeared to have created enough space for Kaepernick to fit in an out to the sideline. Instead, the throw sailed inside Lloyd. If Sherman wouldn't have intercepted the pass, it might have left an imprint on his chest. The 4th quarter interception, on the other hand, was all No. 25.

4. It was great awareness by Wilson to see Robert Turbin slipping free behind him for the Seahawks' initial score. Seattle's pass protection and the routes of their other receivers indicated that the play was going right, leaving Turbin in space to collect the easy pass from Wilson and tightrope the sideline for the easy score.

3. Give the 49ers credit, the loss of two All-Pro inside linebackers like Navarro Bowman and Patrick Willis would sink most teams. Rookie Chris Borland is a star in the making (though he missed a couple of big tackles in this game) and veteran Ahmad Brooks showed off his underrated versatility nearly single-handedly stopping keeping Seattle from scoring a second early touchdown. Wilson appeared to have an opening on the right side for a score but Brooks tripped him up on the two-yard line. Brooks got a rare batted pass at the line of scrimmage against Wilson to thwart an attempted toss to Doug Baldwin in the right corner on 3rd down, forcing a Steven Hausckha field goal to give Seattle a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter.

2. Rookie Paul Richardson appeared to score the first touchdown of his NFL career on a quick out early in the third quarter. Unfortunately, the play was called back on a questionable offensive pass interference call on Turbin, who'd line up wide and "picked" San Francisco's nickel corner. Turbin did extend his arms slightly but this appeared to be a pretty ticky-tack call in a series in which the referees had generally allowed each side to play aggressively. Another example of a potentially over-aggressive call came on San Francisco's subsequent drive, which was extended with a holding call on a Sherman. There were several other questionable decisions by the referees in this contest, including a non-call of what appeared to be a facemask from Bruce Irvin on a tackle of third quarter tackle of Kaepernick.

1. The Seahawks continue to struggle to get the ball to their receivers consistently but between Moeaki, Luke Willson and Cooper Helfet (last week against Arizona), Seattle's tight ends have suddenly become a featured element of the offense. Given opponents' eagerness to blitz, this was a logical adjustment made by offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell but one that has proven critical to Seattle's victories over Arizona and San Francisco the past two weeks.

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