SEATTLE – When Seahawks kicker Jason Myers struggled last week against Tampa Bay, Pete Carroll reassured him and said, “You’re our guy.”
Myers repaid his coach’s confidence and secured a game-winning, overtime field goal that capped a wild Monday Night Football, handing San Francisco its first loss of the season by 27–24.
From kickoff to nearly the final touch, the first half almost entirely belonged to San Francisco. Jimmy Garoppolo’s offense advanced the ball at will, while penalties and a bullied offensive line meant Russell Wilson couldn’t even get started.
Seattle’s pass rush duo Jarran Reed and Jadeveon Clowney proved to be a one-two punch that revitalized the Seahawks late in the second. Reed stripped Garoppolo for a fumble that was returned by Clowney and got the Seahawks back in the game.
A surging Seattle offense had the chance to take the lead after a strong punt return from Tyler Lockett, but another huge defensive play – this time courtesy of the 49ers – ended the run.
DK Metcalf was stripped at the two-yard line that took away the go-ahead score.
Garoppolo looked surprisingly nervous under pressure, and the 49ers couldn’t capitalize on a Seattle turnover – setting up a full momentum shift in the Seahawks’ favor. As both offenses struggled, the matchup became a defensive showdown.
In his first appearance as a Seahawk, safety Quandre Diggs perfectly read an overthrown pass from Garoppolo for a pick that set up a Jacob Hollister touchdown.
Clowney was a pass-rushing terror and harrassed Garoppolo all night. He forced another turnover that was punched in by Chris Carson for another Seattle score. All three of Seattle’s touchdown runs were set up by a defensive turnover.
But in another defensive turnaround, San Francisco’s K’Waun Williams grabbed a fumble that was returned for a touchdown and a field goal evened the score at 21.
Myers completed a gutsy, 46-yard field goal that was answered by Chase McLaughlin that sent it to overtime.
After Seattle and San Francisco traded wild possessions seemingly unable to score, it came down to Myers in the waning seconds of overtime to secure the win.
Lockett was severely injured during Monday night’s game and spent the night in a Bay Area hospital after suffering a lower leg contusion.