In one of the most physical match-ups of the season for the San Francisco 49ers, it definitely came with some drawbacks. Several players were taken out of the game due to numerous injuries including FS Eric Reid (concussion), NT Ian Williams (ankle), DE Ray McDonald (ankle) and TE Vernon Davis (hamstring). Aside from the injuries during the course of the game, a more disappointing outcome was the uncharacteristic play, as the 49ers were penalized 12 times for 121 yards. From false starts to unnecessary roughness, the Niners looked like the cross bay rival Oakland Raiders.
In addition to costly penalties, it was QB Colin Kaepernick who struggled. A player that was expected to have some delay of game penalties in our preview, what was shocking was his four turnovers that ultimately cost the Niners the game. I’m not saying it’s Kap’s fault for losing the game, as it’s a team game, but if you don’t win the turnover battle odds are you will lose. And that’s what happened last night, as the Seahawks secondary known as the “Legion of Boom,” took it to Kap by ballhawking their way to three interceptions. I need to give credit where credit is deserved, and the Seahawks defense played extremely well behind a loud 12th man behind them.
It wasn’t entirely Kap’s fault as I said earlier, it’s a team game. The NFL’s best offensive line committed their fair share of mistakes, from false starts to holding penalties, the Niners offensive line was unable to generate a push down in the trenches. A key to the game, as I said that the 49ers need to win their battles on the line of scrimmage, while establishing the run, they were unable to do so, making it hard for any offense to develop a rhythm.
The defense fared pretty well despite second-half touchdown runs by RB Marshawn Lynch. The front seven did a decent job of stopping the run, as they limited Lynch to 98 rushing yards on 28 carries. Furthermore, the 49ers secondary also did their part as they kept QB Russell Wilson in check by only allowing 142 passing yards and one touchdown, while sacking the mobile quarterback four times including two by OLB Aldon Smith. So there were some positives from the game despite the loss.
In the end, the 49ers were unable to take the 12th man out of the game as they were straight up deafening, and with the Seahawks playing Championship football, the 49ers were unable to match that intensity level, leaving them with a 3-29 whipping.
With the 49ers now in last place in the NFC West due to both the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams having better point differentials, they will look to get back on track as they face the Indianapolis Colts at home next week. Not to worry, the 49ers will win the NFC West as there’s still 14 more games to play, so don’t be quick to hit the panic button Forever Faithful. In fact, let’s use this as a learning experience to never let this happen again. Go Niners!
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