The San Francisco 49ers found a way to get things done against the Seattle Seahawks. They managed to score 19 points which is the most points that they have scored against the Seahawks since 2011. This game was a must win game for the 49ers as they are stuck in a race for the final wildcard spot. The Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals won their games earlier in the day. They both sport a 8-5 record which is one game behind the 9-4 record that the 49ers have.
Colin Kaepernick had a mediocre passing day. He connected on 15 of his 29 pass attempts for 175 yards and one touchdown. He did throw one interception and that happened in the red zone. Michael Crabtree had Byron Maxwell beat on a nine route but Kaepernick slightly under threw him and Maxwell did a good job of going up to make the interception.
Anquan Boldin had another solid receiving day. He had six receptions for 93 yards. Having Crabtree back in the lineup has helped. He spoke about the importance of this game and how he saw a different look this time around. “They rolled a lot of coverage the first game. Having Crab back allowed me to get a different look, go one on one against guys. We are playing for our lives. We are trying to get into the playoffs. All games are big at this point. We feel like we have to win each week going in. We are getting hot at the right time. We are still chasing that complete game and we will continue to strive to get better.”
Frank Gore set up the game winning field goal by Phil Dawson, who has been good on 20 straight field goals. Gore had 51 of his 110 yards on one of his last carries of the game. Gore averaged 6.5 yards per carry against the Seahawks. He explained how he set up the run after the game. “My line did a great job. I saw the hole and kind of knew 29, he’s so fast I knew he would over run it so I set him outside then broke it back in because he’s so aggressive. It feels great, a big win. Tough game. They were better than the first game that we played them.”
Vernon Davis spoke about how much this win meant to the 49ers. “It was much needed. We had to win this game. Couldn’t have it any other way. This is a team that you want to beat because they talk so much. They doubled me the whole game. I couldn’t find the seams and that happens.” As he said, he was doubled most of the time during the game and that limited his production. He still was able to score his 11th touchdown of the year.
The game got off to a fast start for the 49ers as Navorro Bowman forced Russell Wilson to fumble on the first series. Bowman knew that it was going to take a monumental effort by the defense to beat the Seahawks. Bowman explained why the win was important after the game. “You guys counted us out. You thought that Seattle had our number. This was a statement game. This is still our division and will continue to be until someone takes that away. We needed to come out and play from start to finish. There is something about this game that requires a full 60 minute game. You have to do your job.”
As a unit, the defense were the primary reason behind the 49ers winning this game. Bowman had nine tackles. Carlos Rogers chipped in with eight. Marshawn Lynch was limited to only 72 yard on 20 carries. That’s an average of 3.6 yards per run. Ray McDonald had a sack and Eric Wright sealed the game with an interception late in the fourth quarter.
They did give up a couple of big plays to Luke Wilson the rookie Seattle tight end. Wilson scored on a play action pass in which Patrick Willis got caught flat footed. It allowed Wilson to get into his slant rout and easily cross Willis’ face. That catch ended up being a 31 yard reception.
49ers receiver Anquan Boldin became the 30th NFL player to compile 11,000 receiving yards in his career.
The 49ers won their final Sunday game at Candlestick Park. 49ers fans will have at least one more chance to see a game at the Stick. The Atlanta Falcons come to town on Monday, December 23rd in what will be the final regular season home game at Candlestick park.
Richard Sherman had this to say after the game: “We didn’t project it to be this way,” said Sherman, “We expected to blow them out, but they got the benefit of a few calls throughout the game and that helps you especially on third down. We will see them again, and it’ll be a different result.”