The San Francisco 49ers lost a heart breaker to the rival Seattle Seahawks. This game was the best of the two Conference Championship games. It was a battle to the end. The 49ers came up short at the end. They had a chance to win the game but their drive was cut short when Richard Sherman deflected a pass intended for Michael Crabtree.
The 49ers where up late in the game and had the Seahawks on a 4th and 7 from the 35 yard line. Russell Wilson was able to draw the 49ers off sides and had a free play as a result. He took a shot down field to Jermaine Kearse. Kearse completely turned Carlos Rogers around when he first went into the stem of his route. Wilson saw that he was beat and made the throw to Kearse for the touchdown.
Colin Kaepernick had a very good game running with the ball but the Seahawks secondary was able to limit what he could do passing the ball. He had 130 yards rushing including a 58 yard run. It is hard to knock him for taking a shot in the end zone to Crabtree. They were in position and he has said before that he will not hesitate to go to his top receiver in man coverage.
Frank Gore was relatively non existent in this game and that is a major problem. Both teams needed to establish the run in this game. The Seahawks had trouble running the ball initially but they stuck to it. Marshawn Lynch had 22 carries and eventually broke free for a long touchdown run.
Turnovers ended up hurting the 49ers. They had three turnovers in the second half. The game was a back and forth battle that will definitely go down as one of the best. The Seahawks just made plays when it was absolutely needed. They will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos.
One of the bigger losses for the 49ers was an injury to Navorro Bowman. He tore his ACL when he took the ball away from Jermaine Kearse. His leg was rolled on and as a result he had to be carted off of the field.
Patrick Willis spoke about what he recalled from the play.
“I just remember looking at him and he didn’t have the ball no more,” Willis said. “He was holding his knee. Just hearing him yelling and that’s when I kind of lost track of where the ball was and more was just worried about him. I never heard him yell like that, or stay down for a moment.”
The season is now over for the 49ers. It was a very good year in which they overcame a lot of adversity. Now it will be time to move on to the off season and taking a look at how this team can be improved upon. First up is the Reese’s Senior Bowl. I will be posting updates live from practice this week. Was a great ride this season and looking forward to more.