Week 12 Thanksgiving TNF Recap

Written by: William Petersen

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Week 12 of the NFL season started off with the most traditional Thanksgiving day outcome for the Detroit Lions, a loss to the Green Bay Packers 29-22. The Dallas Cowboys also continued their trend of showing up for their Turkey day game as they dismantled division rival the Washington Commanders 45-10. The early games set the tone for what would be a riveting end to a day full of football, friends, and food with a NFC West matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. San Francisco came into the Emerald City looking to extend their two game win streak and gain momentum into the back half of the season. The Niners did just that as they jumped out to an early 24-3 halftime lead thanks to Christian McCaffrey’s two touchdown first half. With his two touchdowns tonight, CMC now has the most rushing touchdowns in a single season in Niners franchise history. This offensive production would cool off drastically in the second half and the Seattle offense finally found some traction to make it a game late with a pick-six deep in Niners territory. San Francisco would end up icing the game with a late TD strike from Brock Purdy to Brandon Aiyuk finalizing a Thanksgiving day win for the 49ers, 31-13.

Brock Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers have now shown the league they are back on track after their three game slide in weeks 6-8. The Niners now sit at 8-3 after Brock Purdy went 21/30 for 209 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Purdy managed the game proficiently all evening, making one bad decision and then a throw that would result in his one turnover but Purdy received tremendous help from McCaffrey and Deebo Samuel. Deebo looked to be fully healthy finally after hauling in 7 receptions for 79 yards as well as 15 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. McCaffrey spearheaded the Niners ground game with 19 carries for 114 yards and 2 TDs. McCaffrey continues to be the dream workhouse back and now has four games this season with multiple touchdowns. The 49ers defense continues to compliment this powerful offense as they got to the quarterback six times tonight as well as knocking down Smith another 12 times. The Niners continue to be one of the best teams in the NFC and NFL and will look forward to their biggest test of the season as they welcome the 9-1 Philadelphia Eagles to town to determine who the best team in the NFC actually is.

Seattle now moves to 6-5 on a season that has been one of ups and downs. Geno Smith has not looked the same after his injury two weeks prior, and his game time decision designation proves this point. Smith was under duress all evening and was unable to make accurate reads quick enough due to this pressure. Geno finished 18/27 for 180 yards and an interception. Smith has come down to Earth after his Comeback Player of the Year season last year and the Seahawks will continue to scrap and fight for a wildcard spot as the 49ers will undoubtedly be winning their division. The Seahawks missed Kenneth Walker III rushing impact as rookie running back Zach Charbonnet struggled to get by the San Fran’s front five, 14 carries for 47 yards. Seattle will continue to try to stay healthy and grind out football games in hopes that Geno Smith can find some of the momentum that carried this ball club to the playoffs in 2022. On the brightside, Seattle’s defense did stiffen up in the second half and were able to cause a major turnover that pushed San Fran to fight until the final whistle. Seattle has another tough matchup next week as they travel to AT&T Stadium for a date with the 8-3 Cowboys who are oozing with confidence.