Earl Thomas III nearly recorded the first sack of his NFL career, but he’ll take a Seattle Seahawks win as a consolation.

Late in the third quarter, with the San Francisco 49ers deep in their own territory, Earl was positioned for a rare rush on the edge. The Niners’ blockers were no match for No. 29’s quickness, as he shot off the edge to take down Brian Hoyer in the end zone—but ET’s teammate Frank Clark made it to the Niners’ QB just a split second sooner and was credited with the full sack at the 1-yard line.

That was one of many outstanding plays in a dominant day for the Seattle defense. Earl and Co. held Hoyer to just 99 yards passing. San Francisco’s two leading receivers, Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin each had three receptions for a modest 26 yards. The 49er passing attack didn’t venture anywhere near Area 29, as its longest gain through the air was just 14 yards.


The San Francisco defense played a strong game as well, but Seattle had the final say, as Russell Wilson engineered an 82-yard drive late in the fourth quarter and linked up with receiver Paul Richardson for the game-winning touchdown.

ET and Co. have a tough task next week on the road against a Tennessee Titans squad that racked up 37 points Sunday in a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Until then, check out some social media highlights from the Week 2 win: