The Seahawks and 49ers delivered perhaps the best game of the 2019 regular season Monday night, a back-and-forth affair that wasn’t decided until the final possible play.
Here’s what stood out from a 27-24 Seahawks win that had a little bit of everything.
Three takeaways from Seahawks’ OT win vs. 49ers on Monday night
The NFC West race will be one to watch down the stretch
A 49ers win Monday would’ve put the NFL’s only undefeated team up three games on Seattle in the loss column with seven weeks left. Their NFC West crown would’ve been considered close to sewn up.
Instead, thanks to the beauty of tiebreaks, Seattle controls its own destiny in the divisional race. (So does San Francisco). Their rematch in Week 17 could be all-important.
Before that final game of the season, the Seahawks face the most difficult remaining schedule in the NFL, including matchups against the Eagles, Vikings, Rams and Panthers. San Francisco’s slate, though, may feature more marquee games. The 49ers face the Packers, Ravens and Saints in consecutive weeks.
The unlikely win continued Russell Wilson’s MVP campaign
Wilson’s Seahawks had the ball for less than four minutes in the first quarter and scored just seven points in the first half. It seemed San Francisco’s defense was for real, and its ball-control offense would rob Wilson of opportunities to overcome the slow start.
Even his overtime was uneven; an interception in the red zone on the first drive of the extra period nearly led to a loss. Instead, with the help of a 49ers missed field goal, Wilson got two more chances at it. The first ended with a punt, but the second added to Wilson’s lore.
The Seahawks took over on their own 36 with 1:25 to play and no timeouts. Wilson faced a third-and-3 after two short completions and scrambled for 18 yards to the edge of field goal range. A quick pass to DK Metcalf moved 8 more yards, and a 7-yard run from Chris Carson brought brought them even closer, setting the stage for Jason Myers to knock home a 42-yarder as time expired.
Wilson finished 24-for-32 passing for 232 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He added 53 yards on six carries.
Jadeveon Clowney was unstoppable
Clowney wreacked havoc on the 49ers all night. He only had one sack, but also scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery and forced a fumble on his own. His best stat, though, was his 10 quarterback pressures, the second-most from any player in a game this year (per ESPN).
The struggles Clowney battled through in Houston since being the No. 1 overall in 2014 were well-documented. The hope was an offseason trade to Seattle would help continue the revival of his career, and it seems to be working.
Clowney has as many forced fumbles (3) this year as he did in his first four seasons as a Texan, he’s doubled his number of career touchdowns and is on a better team than any of his Houston squads.