The San Francisco 49ers (7-5) were unable to generate points on the offensive side of the ball and as a result lost to the Seattle Seahawks (8-4) 19-3. A team that has struggled to find their offensive ‘mojo’ it finally bit them in the end as the Seahawks were flat out the better team.
From dominating the line of scrimmage to scoring points off turnovers, the Seahawks defense proved to be too much for the 49ers offense. A defense that held the 49ers to 71 total yards in the first-half, it was the 49ers offense that dug the team in a hole as they were unable to score touchdowns.
But the question remains, who is to blame? Is it 49ers’ offensive coordinator Greg Roman? 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh? Or how about 49ers’ QB Colin Kaepernick? Whoever you may think it is, the fact remains that the 49ers offense just isn’t very good. The so-called abundance of offensive weapons the team has means absolutely nothing if they aren’t being used and that’s exactly what happened. Not to mention, the 49ers ran RB Frank Gore just 10 times for 28 rushing yards, their offensive identity continues to be a mystery.
And part of the blame has to be on Kaepernick as he did not have the greatest game. In previous games I gave Kaepernick the benefit of the doubt due to the shaky offensive line, but today was no excuse. He overthrew wide-open receivers while unable to extend drives with his legs. And his stat line proves it as Kaepernick finished completing 11 of 22 for 86 yards and two interceptions.
The defense however was a different story. Led by rookie third-round pick (No. 77) ILB Chris Borland, he continues to be the tackling machine as he again paced the team in tackles with a team-high 16 tackles. In his last five games Borland has amassed 72 tackles including games of 18, 17, 13, 8, and 16 respectively. A lone bright spot in a disappointing matchup, Borland may have solidified his spot as a solid starter in 2015.
With the 49ers falling to third place in the NFC West, their playoff hopes hang by a string if they win-out their next four games.