The best team last week means nothing this week.
After holding off the Patriots to get a win in New England, the 49ers get brought back down to earth very quickly losing to the Seattle Seahawks 42-13 at CenturyLink Field. Seattle was on top by 22 points heading into half time and was up by as much as 36 points in this game. The Seahawks (10-5) clinch a playoff spot with this blowout win while the 49ers (10-4-1) now fall behind the Packers (11-4) for the #2 seed in the NFC.
“The thing has been happening, it’s been coming together,” Carroll said. “We’re getting better and you can just feel it and see it. It’s coming to life for us.”
In the Harbaugh-Carroll coaching rivalry, Pete Carroll finally gets his first win over Jim Harbaugh in the NFL after losing the first three meetings. Carroll is now 2-5 overall against Harbaugh going back to their college coaching days.
The 49ers certainly didn’t play well for Jim Harbaugh on his 49th birthday.
“We didn’t do good enough,” Harbaugh said afterwards “Didn’t coach well enough, didn’t play well enough.”
The Seahawks also improve to 7-0 at home and can finish the season undefeated in Seattle with a win over the Rams next week. The 12th man of Seattle might have gotten to the 49ers offense but Kaepernick wasn’t going to use it as an excuse for his performance.
“It’s loud in other stadiums too,” Kaepernick said about the crowd noise. “It is something you have to be used to on the road.”
After a great game against the Pats, Colin Kaepernick had trouble all day against Seattle going 19/36 with 244 passing yards, one TD pass with 1:47 left in the game to Delanie Walker, and an interception thrown to CB Richard Sherman in the 4th quarter and in the Seattle end zone. The resulting drive off the interception lead to a Seahawks touchdown to give them a 36 point lead, Seattle’s biggest lead of the night.
Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson was a big star tonight going 15/21 for 171 yards, 4 touchdown passes, and one interception thrown. Wilson also ran for 29 yards on 6 carries. Wilson’s QB rating was 115.3 this week against San Francisco as opposed to 38.7 rating against the 49ers in Week 7.
“If you capitalize on third down and capitalize in the red zone it’s tough to beat us. That attention to detail that we’ve had all week prepared us to play a great game and it showed against a very, very good football team,” Wilson said. “For us to do what we did at home in front of all our amazing fans is pretty special.”
The Seahawks were especially good on third down conversions making 11 of the 13 the team faced. The 49ers only converted 3 of their 11 third downs.
Seattle came out swinging holding San Francisco to a three and out to start the game. Then Marshawn Lynch scored the first points of the game getting a 14 yard rushing touchdown getting into the end zone along the left sideline. The Seahawks would get the ball back before the 1st quarter ended and managed to cap off a 9 play 86 yard drive with a 9 yard touchdown pass to Marshawn Lynch. The next 49ers drive failed to get any points as a David Akers’ 21 field goal attempt was blocked Seahawks DE Red Bryant and then recovered by Richard Sherman. The Seattle Corner returned it for a 90 yard touchdown to give the Seahawks a 21 point lead.
The 49ers would finally get their first points of the evening after an interception by Patrick Willis in Seattle territory. Unfortunately it was only a 33 yard Akers field goal. The Seahawks would answer that field goal with a 13 play 60 yard drive resulting in a 6 yard TD pass to TE Anthony McCoy. The 49ers would scrap together another field goal by Akers (54 yarder) with just over a half minute in the first half. It was 28-6 in favor of Seattle at the break.
Each side couldn’t do anything with their first possession in the 2nd half. However, it would be Seattle scoring again with another TD pass this time to Doug Baldwin for a 4 yard score in the back right corner of the end zone. Baldwin would get another touchdown catch in the 4th quarter for 6 yards after the Kaepernick interception to Sherman. That 2nd touchdown catch by Baldwin would be Seattle’s last points of the game.
Overall numbers seemed to favor Seattle. The Seahawks had more with 346 yards compared to the 49ers 313 total yards. The big reason for that was the running attack from the Seahawks which had 176 rushing yards, 94 more yards than the 49ers ground game. Marshawn Lynch was a big reason for that with 111 yards on 26 carries along with a TD on the ground and as a receiver.
Injuries also plagued the 49ers tonight. DT Justin Smith didn’t start the game with an elbow injury. Vernon Davis came out near the end of the 1st quarter with a concussion and then Mario Manningham went out with a knee injury in the 3rd quarter fumbling the ball in the process. That was recovered by Seattle and resulted in the 4 yard TD pass to Baldwin in the 3rd quarter.
This was a big loss to the 49ers. While they can still lock up the division with over the Arizona Cardinals in the final week of the season, they have lost control of the #2 seed. The Packers just need to beat the Vikings next week to get that seed and the bye week that comes with it. If that happens, the 49ers could be hosting a playoff game in the Wild Card round instead of the Divisional Round… presuming, of course, San Francisco beats Arizona.
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Written by Daniel Trucios