BeastWriter Review: 49ers vs. Seahawks: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


If the first three weeks of the 2016 NFL season is any indication of what’s to come for the San Francisco 49ers (1-2), then strap your seat-belts and enjoy the roller-coaster ride! A team that absolutely dominated the Los Angeles Rams in Week 1, the 49ers were the polar opposite against the Seattle Seahawks (2-1).

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How can this be? The Rams beat the Seahawks at home 9-3 and the 49ers blew out the Rams 28-0, so in theory, one would think the 49ers would beat Seattle, right? Wrong.

Below are my three takeaway from the game as I breakdown 3 good, 3 bad, and 3 downright ugly things from their Week 3 37-18 loss.

The Good

  • OLB Eli Harold

Analysis: On the surface it looks like second-year OLB Eli Harold had a horrible outing after recording just one tackle against the Seahawks. However, the game of football is not simply founded on stats, and Harold’s play on Sunday was no different. Below are three plays where Harold really showed up despite not showing in the stat sheet:

Play: 1st Quarter/7:25/1st & 10 @SF 37 yard-line

Formation: 3-4 base

Analysis: Harold creates  QB pressure (collapsing the pocket) allowing FS Eric Reid to make a play on the ball for potential INT.

Play: 1st Quarter/1:04/3rd & 11 @SEA 19 yard-line

Formation: 3-4 base

Analysis: Harold forces three-and-out with nice open-field (shoe-string) tackle on Seahawks RB Alex Collins.

  • OLB Ahmad Brooks

Analysis: My defensive game ball has to go to Brooks. The seasoned veteran played like his former All-Pro self by recording 4 tackles (2 for loss), 1.0 sack, and 2 pass break-ups.

  • RT Trent Brown

Analysis: Despite RB Carlos Hyde having a fantasy stud padded stat line finishing with 21 carries for 103 yards and 2 touchdowns, I have to give praise to RT Trent Brown. After all, he’s a big reason why Hyde finished with a 100-yard game as he opened up gaping holes, all while keeping DE Cliff Avril and DE Michael Bennett in check for the majority of the game.

A player who continues to show Pro Bowl talent week-in-and-week out, Brown may just be the team’s second best offensive lineman through the first three weeks of the season.


The Bad

  • 49ers allow two game-changing plays of 40+ yards

Analysis: The 49ers secondary gave up two huge plays; the first was a 59-yard bomb to Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin and the second was a 40-yard bomb to TE Jimmy Graham. This is unacceptable.

The Baldwin catch was more due to CB Tramaine Brock being beat over the top in one-on-one coverage. The Graham catch was a play of “who wanted it more.”

FS Eric Reid was in perfect position to high-point the ball but Graham somehow came away with the catch in the end as second-year SS Jaquiski Tartt looked lost on whether to play the ball or man– opting to do none of the above (possibly fear of getting called for PI).

  • OLB Tank Carradine struggles in space

Analysis: Carradine continues to have growing pains learning a new position as he simply doesn’t have the lateral quickness, agility or instincts to be playing in a two-point stance. Two plays are broken down below:

Play: 2nd Quarter/12:23/3rd & 1 @SEA 18 yard-line

Formation: Zone-read option

Analysis: 49ers OLB Tank Carradine failed to set the edge on backside containment allowing Seahawks QB Russell Wilson a free run to a first-down. This has been Carradine’s problem since the preseason and continues to still make the same mistake despite being coached up.

Play: 4th Quarter/5:09/3rd & 1 @SEA 47 yard-line

Formation: 3-4 Base

Analysis: Seahawks WR Jermaine Kearse had no problem side-stepping his way around Carradine after catching a backward pass, as the Florida State product looked silly trying to arm-tackle the shifty wide receiver.

  • 49ers Drops (4)

Analysis: The following receivers left too many balls on the ground. Broken down as follow:

WR Jeremy Kerley (1)

RB Shaun Draughn (1)

WR Quinton Patton (2)

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The Ugly

  • K Phil Dawson missed 53-yard field-goal

Analysis: With the 49ers trailing 21-3 with 3:54 left in the first-half, they could’ve cut into that deficit with a 53-yard field-goal. However the attempt failed as the kick was wide-right allowing the Seahawks to have good field-position going the other way- needing only 55 yards (+10-yard offensive holding penalty) before connecting on a 33-yard field-goal.

  • Missed Tackles (12)

Analysis: By my count the following players were unable to bring down the ball-carrier on initial-contact:

DE Quinton Dial (1)

ILB Gerald Hodges (2)

OLB Ahmad Brooks (1)

OLB Tank Carradine (1)

OLB Eli Harold (2)

CB Rashard Robinson (3)

WR Aaron Burbridge (1)

P Bradley Pinion (1)

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  • 49ers allow whopping 418 yards of total offense

Analysis: 418 with a suspect Seahawks offensive line? This isn’t Madden but maybe Sunday was. Yikes!

Ryan is the Founder/CEO of, 49ers Beat Writer, Live Game Day Correspondent for Bleacher Report and member of Pro Football Writers of America. Born and raised in San Jose, he also graduated from San Diego State University. His work has been featured on NFL Network, 95.7 The Game, National Football Post, Sports Illustrated, FanSided Network, ESPN Radio, CBS Sports 810, and NBC Bay Area News. For more information, please contact him via email at or call him at (408) 622-0996.