We got quite the entertaining Monday Night Football contest last night as the Atlanta Falcons outlasted the Seattle Seahawks. The Falcons jumped out to a 21-7 lead, but Seattle would not go away. The Seahawks trailed by 11 with 3:49 to go. They quickly scored a touchdown and converted the two-point conversion. However, Blair Walsh was short on a 52-yard attempt with seven seconds left, and the Seahawks lost.
The San Francisco 49ers host the Seahawks this coming Sunday, and there is plenty to unwrap from Monday. The Seahawks defense struggled without Kam Chanceller, Richard Sherman, and Cliff Avril. They didn’t give up a ton of yards, but most importantly, they couldn’t stop the Falcons on third down with any regularity.
On offense, Russell Wilson did all he could to drag the Seahawks to a win. He threw for 258 yards and led the team with 86 rushing yards and a touchdown. One of the more interesting aspects of the game saw Mike Davis get his first work since the 49ers cut him this past offseason. David had six carries for 18 yards before suffering a groin injury.
The three-point loss was fitting given the Seahawks ill-fated fake field goal attempt at the end of the first half. The Seahawks got the ball to start the second half, so you can look at this one of two ways. On the one hand, any points would be welcome with a chance to add on in the third quarter. On the other hand, knowing they’d get the ball back, they were a little more comfortable rolling the dice. Even still, it was not an ideal play.
Aside from losing Davis to the groin injury, the Seahawks did not suffer any notable injuries on the preliminary injury report. They will return to practice on Wednesday, at which point we’ll see the first formal practice participation report. One player to keep an eye on is Kam Chancellor. He is expected to miss the rest of the season with a neck injury, but he has not yet been placed on injured reserve. Even if he is not placed there this week, I wouldn’t expect him to play this week.
The 49ers defense is going to need to step up in a big way against Russell Wilson. The Seahawks offensive line is a mess, but Wilson is as dangerous as anybody in the NFL. WillWill the 49ers use Reuben Foster as a spy on him, or go in another direction? Foster has the athleticism to keep up with Foster, but that also could limit his ability to impact the rest of the game. I am curious to see what Robert Saleh has to say about their plans for Wilson.
As for the Seahawks defense? It certainly did not look all that impressive amidst all the injuries. But can this 49ers offense take advantage of it? The Seahawks contained the Falcons run game, holding them to 89 yards on 30 carries. Last week, the 49ers were had their best game of the season, rushing for 186 yards on 33 carries. It was the most balanced effort of the season, and something the 49ers will want to build on in Week 12.
But hey, if it comes down to kickers, I like the 49ers chances!