49ers Completely Out of Sync in 37-18 Loss to Seahawks

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 25: Running back Christine Michael #32 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes for a touchdown against safety Jaquiski Tartt #29 of the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on September 25, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Coming into Sunday’s game, the San Francisco 49ers had suffered a bitter 46-27 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Despite the disparity, there were some positive takeaways. In week 3, against the division rival Seattle Seahawks, there were very few bright spots. The 49ers were mauled 37-18.

Seattle had crowd energy and momentum on their side the entire game after a strong opening drive. QB Russell Wilson’s first pass appeared complete until CB Jimmy Ward destroyed RB Christine Michael with a vicious hit.

On the next play, WR Doug Baldwin broke free from the 49ers’ secondary and picked up 41 yards. Then, quickly, Michael received a handoff, broke through the 49ers’ defensive line, out-raced their secondary, and picked up 41 more yards, good for a touchdown. After 43 seconds, the Seahawks led 7-0. Michael was quite impressive in today’s victory, finishing with 106 yards on 20 carries and 2 touchdowns.

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10 minutes later, the Seahawks mounted another successful drive, where the 49ers were unable to cover the Seahawks’ receivers or running backs. This ended in a 4 yard Michael run into the end zone. Seattle led 14-0 at the end of the first.

After three straight drives that got nowhere, the 49ers’ defense forced a fumble, which they recovered. QB Blaine Gabbert pushed the Niners into the red zone, but they failed to convert and settled for a field goal.

On the next drive, the 49ers forced Wilson into a third down. He proceeded to throw a 59 yard pass to Baldwin, then an 18 yard touchdown pass to TE Jimmy Graham. On the ensuing drive, K Phil Dawson, who is usually lights out, blew a 53-yard field goal.

Graham finished with 100 yards, 6 receptions, and a touchdown. Baldwin finished with 8 receptions, 164 yards, and a touchdown. Ouch.

From this point on, the Seahawks kept piling it on. After Wilson injured his knee at the beginning of the third quarter, rookie QB Trevone Boykin took over for Seattle and put yet another touchdown on the board. If you’ve lost count, Seattle then led 37-3.

In the 4th quarter, RB Carlos Hyde came alive with two touchdowns and some solid runs; unfortunately this was in garbage time: too little, too late.

In week 2, the 49ers failed to cover the Panthers’ receivers. In week 3, the 49ers’ secondary got burned by the Seahawks’ receivers, and they failed to contain the Seahawks’ running game.

On offense, Gabbert was quiet, going 14/25 with 119 yards and an interception.

The Niners flat out struggled to put points on the board when it really mattered. Hyde was one of the only bright spots Sunday, coming alive late and rushing for 103 yards on 21 caries with 2 touchdowns.

TE Vance McDonald, who usually has a knack for making big plays in atmosphere like Century Link, was targeted just twice. Gabbert had nothing much going for him.

In week 4, San Francisco looks to finally get back on track as they return home to face the Dallas Cowboys. Rookie QB Dak Prescott, however, will not be an easy quarterback to beat, especially with the way the Niners have played lately.

Tej is a Bay Area native and Senior Staff writer for NinerFans.com. A devout San Francisco 49ers and Golden State Warriors fan, Tej is determined to get you the information you crave. His work has been featured on the FanSided Network, Bleacher Report, and Sports Illustrated.