For the second year in a row, the Seahawks opened the regular season against division-rival San Francisco 49ers. While the 2010 opener was at home, this year’s contest was played on the road at Candlestick Park.
The team departed on Saturday afternoon after their usual walk-thru. Russell Okung, resplendent in his brown three-piece suit chatted with General Manager John Schneider before boarding the bus for the airport.
Hours before kickoff, defensive coordinator Gus Bradley reviewed his game plan in a far corner of the locker room.
The game was played on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and part of the way the NFL commemorated the day was with ribbons worn by sideline personnel.
This loyal fan punctuated his Seahawks colors with an American flag.
In the locker room, communications manager Rich Gonzales outlined the pregame schedule for the players.
Head coach Pete Carroll made sure he didn't leave the locker room without running back Marshawn Lynch.
Seahawks rookie receiver Doug Baldwin, who played his college ball not far from Candlestick Park at Stanford University, leaves the locker room tunnel for the bright glare of the playing field.
First-round draft choice James Carpenter warms up on the 9/11 logo painted on the field to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the attacks.
Head coach Pete Carroll, his coaches and players joined with members of the armed forces to hold the American flag during the National Anthem.
The Seahawks defense was aggressive early, including this tackle for loss by linebacker Aaron Curry.
Curry celebrates along with safety Earl Thomas after a first-quarter stop.
Seattle defense continued to swarm to the ball as Brandon Browner was joined by teammates Aaron Curry and Earl Thomas on this tackle.
Defensive line coach Todd Wash talks to his players on the sidelines in-between series.
As would be expected in a game between division rivals, there was plenty of hard hitting including Justin Forsett being upended.
San Francisco receiver Joshua Morgan rose in-between Seahawks defensive backs Kam Chancellor and Marcus Trufant to keep a drive alive in the second half.
Doug Baldwin heads towards the end zone with a 55-yard touchdown reception from Tarvaris Jackson to pull the Seahawks to within two points at 19-17 in the fourth quarter.
However, then San Francisco return specialist Ted Ginn, Jr. took over, returning the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown.
Less than a minute later, Ginn followed his kick-return for touchdown with this punt return for another touchdown.
The 49ers faithful celebrate with Ginn and the San Francisco lead was 33-17.
Seahawks running back Justin Forsett sits on the sidelines with teammate Marshawn Lynch as time runs out in the fourth quarter.