Seahawks crush 49ers, Doug Baldwin shines and Russell Wilson gets hurt

Seattle Seahawk fans are no longer “Sleepless in Seattle” after watching an awful showing on offense through the first two games of the season. The Seahawks came into Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers with 15 points through two games, but needed less than the first half to surpass that en route to a 37-18 victory over the 49ers.

Russell Wilson completed 15 of 23 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown before going down with a left knee injury.

The third round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft went down in the third quarter when he was pulled down from behind on a awkward tackle by San Francisco’s Eli Harold. Harold was called for a horse-collar penalty, but the biggest concern was Wilson’s status.

Wilson walked off the field and returned after one play – and seemed without the approval of his coaches – to throw one more pass before his day was over. His last completion led to a field goal to give the Seahawks a 27-3 lead.

“He (Russell) walked on the field on his own and you could see all the coaches we’re like ‘Nobody told him to do that,'” wide receiver Doug Baldwin said after the game. “But that’s Russell though.”

“Fortunate. I don’t think it’s as severe as it looked,” Wilson told reporters after the game.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll called the injury a slight sprained knee and that Wilson would undergo more tests to confirm the diagnosis.

Baldwin gave fans plenty to cheer about as he hauled in eight catches for a career-high 164 yards and a touchdown. His best catch of the day came in the first quarter when he made a sensational one-handed grab as he fell to the turf.

Carlos Hyde had two touchdowns for teh 49ers who had just five first downs entering the fourth quarter. The day was summed up as San Francisco missed on their first 10 third-down attempts and Blaine Gabbert’s streak of 12 straight games with a touchdown pass ended. Gabbert finished the day 14 of 25 for 119 yards and an interception.

Next Opponents

Seattle: The Seahawks will go on the road Sunday and take on the New York Jets (1-2) who are coming off a 24-3 loss to Kansas City.

San Francisco: The 49ers will host the Dallas Cowboys (2-1) Sunday. The Cowboys are coming off a 31-17 victory over the Chicago Bears.


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