BY SPNW Staff 06:30AM 09/16/2013

In photos: Seahawks bring thunder to 49ers

It was a night of sensory overload at the Clink — wild weather, record-breaking noise and a sprawling football slugfest for national TV. Here’s some of the memorable moments.

Sportspress Northwest photographers Drew McKenzie and Drew Sellers captured a stormy celebration of Seahawks football Sunday as Seattle clobbered the archrival 49ers 29-3.

RB Marshawn Lynch never exactly broke loose — his longest run was 21 yards — but he methodically wore down the 49ers’ defense by rushing 28 times for 98 yards and two¬† touchdowns. He caught three passes for 37 yards, including his first receiving score of the season.

Lynch averaged 3.5 yards per carry but was Seattle’s only offensive threat while QB Russell Wilson struggled in the first half. / Drew McKenzie

Wilson was eight of 19 for 145 yards, one touchdown and one interception. In a way, he reverted to a game-management style, mixing in a few big plays while leading the Seahawks.

Wilson rushed 10 times for 33 yards, routinely escaping the pocket, picking up yardage, then sliding before taking hits. / Drew McKenzie

Lynch brings a new twist to “Beast Mode”:

Exposing a rave green glove, Lynch waves good-bye to an overwhelmed Niners’ defense after one of his three touchdowns. / Drew McKenzie

WR Sidney Rice had a night he would rather not relive. He caught one pass for 13 yards, and drew a personal foul for taunting when he spun the ball on the ground after a catch.

Officials also called Rice for a hold. Here he couldn’t haul in the pass. / Drew McKenzie

The 12th Man overcame thunder, lightning, heavy rain and a one-hour delay to set a Guinness World Record as the loudest crowd ever.

Colin Kaepernick afterward didn’t admit to distraction from a Clink crowd, but he posted a 20.1 passer rating and committed three turnovers. / Drew McKenzie

Defense was king, and no more significant play was this one when Seahawks newcomer Cliff Avril made a strip-sack of Kaepernick.

Avril’s sack and K.J. Wright’s fumble recovery set up a Seahawks field goal in the second quarter that produced a 5-0 lead. / Drew Sellers

Kaepernick was more effective with his legs, rushing for 87 yards in nine carries, including a long of 28.

Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner was among several Seahawks who just missed taking down the long-striding Keapernick. / Drew Sellers

Lynch’s 28 rushes were eight more than the Niners’ runners had combined. He and linebacker Aldon Smith met frequently.

Lynch scored all three Seattle touchdowns, runs of two and 14 yards and a pass of seven yards. / Drew Sellers

Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor didn’t have to work hard for the final interception. Kaepernick threw it right to him with 4:26 left in the game.

The three healthy members of the Legion of Boom (Brandon Browner sat out with a sore hamstring) each had a pick. / Drew Sellers

Russell Wilson ran 10 times for 33 yards, mostly on scrambles as opposed to designed plays or his choice to keep on the read option.

Wilson’s longest run was this one for 11 yards and a first down. / Drew Sellers

The indefatigable, irrepressible Richard Sherman salutes the 12th Man after his interception brought him to the sidelines. Moments later, he joined the SeaGals for an impromptu dance move or two.

Richard Sherman returned the interception 28 yards, then had even more fun celebrating on the sidelines. / Drew Sellers



  • Tian Biao

    excellent photos, folks, good articles as well, captions . . . we readers appreciate it!

    • sportspressnw

      We appreciate our readers, Tian. Glad you enjoyed the coverage. Tell a friend to tell a friend.

    • art thiel

      Glad you enjoyed, TB. It was a fun night of storytelling.

  • HawksFan2000

    This was an ugly game.

    • art thiel

      So? Many football games are. All good teams have them, especially now with the reduced practice time mandated by the NFL’s safety push.

      No style points for pretty.

  • enscriptchun

    Great photos!