The Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers, 20-3, on the road on Thursday Night Football to improve to 3-4 and keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Seahawks entered the night having lost two straight games, this after coughing up double-digit fourth-quarter leads in back-to-back weeks. Up three scores on San Fran, no comeback was in the cards Thursday.
“Yeah, it’s just about executing and just getting right back on track and focusing on what’s important and getting back to our philosophy, and that’s just finishing,” Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “I think we did a good job today of doing that.”
Kearse had three catches for 64 yards, while Tyler Lockett had five catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. Lockett’s 43-yard score gave Seattle a 17-0 lead just before halftime. Both players had a nice groove going with Russell Wilson, who finished 18-of-24 with 235 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
“Yeah, most definitely, Kearse said. “He hit me a couple times in the seams. It’s just about getting an opportunity for our playmakers and letting our playmakers make the play. Russ did a good job of doing that. He delivered the ball and allowed us to make big plays out there.”
Marshawn Lynch, meanwhile, had a vintage Beast Mode game, rushing 27 times for 122 yards and a touchdown.
“Marshawn is a huge factor for our offense, just the way he runs,” Kearse said. “Our running backs period with Thomas Rawls and Fred Jackson – they’re all a huge part of our offense. And just being able to get the run game going definitely opened things up for us in the pass game and we were able to have explosive plays.”
Defensively, Seattle limited San Fran to 142 total yards and sacked Colin Kaepernick six times.
“Our defense stepped up, definitely,” Kearse said. “Just getting those sacks definitely helped us out. They’ve been playing tremendously good for the past couple weeks. It’s just about putting in a complete game with the offense, defense and special teams and just executing that. I think we’ll be okay.”
With an early game – coupled with a Week 9 bye – the Seahawks have just one game between now and Nov. 15. They play the Cowboys (2-3) in Dallas on Nov. 1.
“Yeah, Coach Carroll did a great job this week of just preparing us and taking care of our bodies and just being able to install the game plan and have us be able to be mentally prepared,” Kearse said. “So just getting our bodies ready for us to be out there in the game and have us physically prepared as well – I think coach did a great job of managing that. So we got a couple days off. We just got to watch the film, get our bodies right and then be prepared for Dallas next week.”