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September 12, 2010 at 11:11 PM

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The rearview mirror: Seahawks 31, 49ers 6

Posted by Danny O'Neil

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Corrected version

Well, Seattle's season-opening game against the 49ers went about as I projected.

Well, at least it did for about 23 of the 60 minutes on the game clock.

What followed was a turnaround so sharp, so fast that come Monday people are going to be wondering just what it was that happened, especially those people in San Francisco.

It wasn't any one single, overwhelmingly spectacular play.

Leon Washington's 41-yard kickoff return got things started, and Mike Williams' 35-yard reception put Seattle in position for its first touchdown.

Jordan Babineaux's interception set up Seattle's second touchdown and Marcus Trufant's interception return actually accounted for the third touchdown.

At this point it should be pointed out that I did predict Seattle would score a defensive touchdown.

And that would be about the extent of the prediction that proved correct. I didn't think Seattle would score an offensive touchdown, and the Seahawks scored three as Seattle became one of three teams to score more than 30 points on Sunday.

First 3 possessions
Points 0 6
First downs 0 9
Turnovers 1 0
Yards gained 11 139
Time of possession 3:39 19:58
Rest of game
Points 31 0
First downs 14 8
Turnovers 0 2
Yards gained 231 124
Time of possession 23:36 12:47

Early last week, I asked submissions for what I referred to as a time capsule. While I predicted a Seahawks' loss, 47 of the 82 time-capsule entries forecast a Seahawks victory.

But even those Seahawk optimists didn't foresee anything like what actually transpired. No one predicted a 25-point victory. At least not for Seattle. And of the 82 submissions, only three people predicted Seattle would score more than 30 points.

Jeff Dawson of Squamish, B.C., and Shawn Walli of Richmond Richland each forecast a 31-13 victory by Seattle, coming the closest to the actual score. Ross K. of Bellevue also forecast Seattle would score 31 points.

How about the rest of the results from the time capsule? Here are the averages from the 82 time-capsule projections compared to the actual results from Sunday's game.

Sacks allowed
Time-capsule average: 3.1
Actual: 1

Seattle's offensive touchdowns
Time-capsule average: 1.9
Actual: 3

Seattle's total offense
Time-capsule average: 299.7
Actual: 242

Frank Gore's rushing yardage
Time-capsule average: 100.2
Actual: 38

Information in this post, originally published Sept. 12, 2010, was corrected Sept. 13, 2010. A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that Shawn Walli was from Richmond. It's actually Richland.

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