For the second time in a month, the San Francisco 49ers handled their divisional rival, the Seattle Seahawks in dominant fashion.
Behind a career day through the air from Brock Purdy, the 49ers and their high-powered offense rolled to a 28-16 win over the Seahawks to take a commanding lead in the NFC West divisional race.
While Purdy spread the ball around the yard and cruised on offense, the 49ers’ defense caused havoc against Seattle’s backup quarterback Drew Lock. The 49ers defense picked off Lock twice while sacking him four times on Sunday.
Good: Brock Purdy
If Brock Purdy wasn’t at the favorite for this season’s MVP award, his performance on Sunday should entrench him in the conversation. The 49ers’ second-year passer dismantled the Seahawks secondary on his way to a new career-high in passing yards.
Purdy ripped the ball all over the field for a career-best 368 yards on 19-of-27 passing. Purdy tossed a pair of long touchdown passes, including a 52-yarder to Deebo Samuel. Purdy also picked up 45-yards and 44-yards on a deep shots to Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle.
The former Iowa State Cyclone spread the ball out, hitting seven different receivers for completions.
Good: Deebo Samuel
After a blazing performance against the Philadelphia Eagles last week, Deebo Samuel picked up right where he left off. Samuel flexed his dynamic skillset, scoring on a reception and then later on the ground.
Samuel racked up a game-high 149 yards receiving on seven catches against the Seahawks. Samuel stretched the Seahawks’ defense with his speed on the way to his 52-yard touchdown reception.
Later in the game, Samuel weaved through defenders, making multiple Seahawks miss tackles on a tough run to set up his one-yard touchdown rush.
When Samuel is fully switched on and involved in Kyle Shanahan’s gameplan, the 49ers’ offense plays at a different level. His explosive play ability paired with his grit brings a unique element to the 49ers’ already high-powered offensive attack.
Good: Fred Warner
Fred Warner was all over the field on defense against the Seahawks on Sunday. The 49ers’ All-Pro linebacker took advantage of the Seahawks using a backup quarterback, racking up eight tackles, a pass deflection, and a key interception.
When the 49ers had a chance to land one final knockout blow to the Seahawks, Warner delivered.
With the Seahawks desperately attempting a late comeback run in the fourth quarter, Lock floated a long pass over the middle of the field for DK Metcalf. With an acrobatic play on the ball, Warner came down with an impressive interception to put the game on ice for the 49ers.
Good: Nick Bosa
After wreaking havoc on the Seahawks in Seattle two weeks ago, Nick Bosa doubled down on Sunday in Santa Clara. In their first meeting, Bosa racked up five tackles, five quarterback hits and two sacks.
On Sunday, Bosa notched six tackles, including 1.5 sacks, a tackle for loss to go along with a pass deflection.
While the Seahawks struggled to slow down the 49ers on Sunday, penalties erased two critical moments for the home team on Sunday in Santa Clara, including a must-see play from their punter.
With the 49ers set to punt the ball away, Mitch Wishnowsky took the snap and sprinted down the right side of the field with no members of the Seahawks in sight. Wishnowsky’s long run wasn’t inked up by Kyle Shanahan as a fake punt. The punter simply saw a lane and took advantage, running for nearly 25 yards.
However, off-setting penalties by both teams negated Wishnowsky’s run on fourth down.
Later in the game, Deommodore Lenoir came up with a timely interception against Drew Lock. However, Nick Bosa was ruled offsides, negating the interception.
Although the 49ers cruised to a victory on Sunday, their win over the Seahawks came at a cost. On the defensive side of the ball, the 49ers suffered a trio of key injuries.
Early in the game, Charvarious Ward suffered an injury to his groin. Ward never returned to the game due to his groin injury,
Along with Ward, Dre Greenlaw (hip) , Javon Hargrave (hamstring) and Oren Burks all left Sunday’s game with injuries. Greenlaw was the only member of the injured defenders to return to the game against the Seahawks.
Good: Deommodore Lenoir
With Charvarious Ward dealing with an injury, Deommodore Lenoir stepped up on Sunday against the Seahawks. Lenoir recorded three tackles to go along with a pair of pass deflections against the Seahawks. Lenoir also came up with an interception that was later negated due to a flag on Nick Bosa for being offsides.
Lenoir helped keep DK Metcalf quiet, only allowing a single catch for 31 yards. Metcalf scored on Seattle’s first drive. However, Ward was covering him when he got into the end zone.
With the game winding down, tempers flared between Metcalf and Lenoir. A scuffle broke out on the field between both teams after Fred Warner intercepted Lock with under three minutes remaining in the game. Lenoir was later ejected along with Metcalf.