The final score wasn’t very indicative of how the game played out in the Seahawks 31-20 loss against the Chargers. Considering the Seahawks got a free pass on Percy’s 51 yard TD run, and the time of possession was 17:45 to 42:15 in favor of the Chargers. To sum up the entire game, The Seahawks defense couldn’t get the Chargers offense off of the field. Opposing QB Phillip Rivers led an aerial assault on the Hawks that they couldn’t defend. Rivers had a 75.7 completion percentage while throwing for 284 yards and 3 TD’s. All three of Rivers touchdowns were caught by the wily veteran TE Antonio Gates. Along with the three TDs, Gates caught seven passes for 96 yards.
The biggest glaring defensive issue for the Hawks that led to their defeat was their inability to cover Gates. Both outside linebackers K.J. Wright and Malcolm Smith got beat countless times and SS Kam Chancellor was unusually late on arrival in coverage. Otherwise, the Hawks did a decent job of applying pressure to the QB and stopping the run. Unfortunately, Rivers did an even better job of avoiding the pressure, stepping up in the pocket and delivering his throws.
With a little over 17 minutes of possession, the Seahawks managed to score 20 points on offense. Their offensive performance wasn’t flashy but they did all that they could considering the short amount of time that they had. WR Percy Harvin had success on his first rushing attempt, but following that was limited to just one carry for negative six yards and one reception for seven yards. However, his performance wasn’t tied to a lack of effort, but rather a lack of opportunity. In fact, the most touches besides Wilson belonged to Lynch who had a total of six carries due to back spasms. One significant area of weakness displayed in this game was the O-lines failure to protect Wilson from pressure. Showing success in our first game against the Packers, the offensive line took a step back with their performance against the Chargers.
Criticized for their week 1 18-17 loss against the also underappreciated Arizona Cardinals, the Chargers prove a tough opponent and obviously deserve more respect from the football world. Looking forward, the Hawks have a couple of issues that need to be resolved (most significantly how they play away from Century Link) if they hope to repeat as Super Bowl Champions.