The San Francisco 49ers took all the swagger and confidence they had accumulated from a great playoff run, an appearance in the Super Bowl, a fantastic offseason, and a week 1 win against the Green Bay Packers with them to Seattle for a showdown with their divisional and conference rival, the Seahawks. Two teams projected to be Super Bowl contenders. Two teams with a deep disdain for each other. One winner.
The Seahawks absolutely embarrassed the 49ers in what is quickly becoming a one-sided rivalry when the teams play in rainy, dreary Seattle. Richard Sherman proved he is a bad, bad man, the rest of the Seahawks defense did an incredible job of shutting down what is supposed to be a top-tier offense, and the Seattle crowd was as loud and obnoxious as possible. If you didn’t already know, the 12th man set a World Record by being the loudest fan base in a professional stadium. The record is now set at 136.6 decibels, but I am sure you are much more interested in reading what went wrong with the Niners (or what went right for the Seahawks if you’re a Seattle fan) instead of reading what the Seattle fans can accomplish when they cheer for their only relevant professional sports franchise. ZINGER!
The 49ers were unable to put anything close to consistent drive together in all four quarters of the game. A pick thrown by Colin Kaepernick on the Seattle one-yard line, a fumble at the hands of a blitzing Cliff Avril, two other interceptions, and one cocky, yet absurdly talented cornerback, Richard Sherman, all led the 49ers to a tragic thrashing at the hands of the Seahawks.
Frank Gore was unable to get anything going in terms of a running attack, totaling 16 yards on nine carries. Kaepernick wasn’t able to do anything with the 49ers offense, struggling to call plays in the huddle, unable to make adjustments at the line, and lacking touch on his passes contrary to reports that his touch passes were incredible all offseason long. Kyle Williams led 49ers pass catchers with four catches and 39 yards.
The good news is, contrary to the score, the 49ers defense was not overmatched in Seattle and was more a victim of poor field position rather than giving up huge plays, although there were a few of those too. Russell Wilson looked average at best against the 49ers defense, going 8-19 for 142 yards. Wilson threw a touchdown to Marshawn Lynch in the face of a blitzing Craig Dahl and was intercepted by Eric Reid, who later left the game due to a concussion. The 49ers held ‘Beast Mode’ Marshawn Lynch to 98 yards rushing, which may not seem like a big deal, but he had three consecutive games against the 49ers in which he totaled over 100 yards rushing. Lynch did score three touchdowns, literally walking into the end zone on one of them, but there will be a chance for payback when Seattle travels to the Bay Area for the second game in the season series.
The 49ers get their chance at redemption on December 8, at Candlestick, the site where the Niners won 13-6 last season, holding the Seahawks to two field goals. The loss in Seattle is not one to be overly concerned with, after all, it is week 2 and the Seahawks are the only team to go undefeated at home last season, albeit with the aid of some officials who weren’t really officials, but more likely Foot Locker employees who got lost on their way to Canada. I digress.
Yes, Kaepernick is 0-2 against the Seahawks with a miserable stat line that I refuse to type out. You will hear Seattle fans chirp about a 29-3 victory. You will hear how they are a far superior team in every way than the 49ers are. Seattle fans will be sure to tell you about all of their injured players and who didn’t do what they normally do, but that will change because of X, Y, and Z. Do you remember what happened after the 42-13 loss in week 16 against these same Seahawks? Oh yeah, the 49ers just made it to the Super Bowl and were four very long yards away from starting a gorgeous jewelry collection on their second hand.
Here are the facts. The 49ers had a bad game plan and worse execution. Kaepernick struggled mightily and did not look like the quarterback that Niners fans and media pundits have grown to love. The defense kept the Seahawks in check for the most part, but Seattle capitalized on the 49ers miscues; something the 49ers were unable to do for an unbeknownst reason. The 49ers also turned the ball over five times; very uncharacteristic of the Jim Harbaugh-led 49ers.
The Indianapolis Colts will be at Candlestick Park Sunday for a game with an angry, disappointed 49ers team, and I for one, am glad I am not an NFL player who has been signed by the Colts. And that statement is coming from someone who said he would get in the ring with Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather for $5 million.