Santa Clara, CA – Just when the 49ers thought they’ve turned things around. The Seattle Seahawks rained on their parade. After ending a four-game losing streak last Sunday, San Francisco found themselves back in troubled waters. The Seahawks scored two touchdowns and kicked two field goals for the 20-3 victory over San Francisco.
Seattle used their running game behind Marshawn Lynch who powered his way through a deflated defense on opening drive. The result was Lynch rushing for a 1-yard touchdown. Afterwards the running back got sick throwing up on the sideline from becoming nauseous. But that didn’t stop him from having a great game, rushing for 122 yards for the night.
“It felt like a really normal Seahawk night tonight,” head coach Pete Carroll said. “It was great to have an opening drive like that with eating up a bunch of clock and run the football to the end of it and stay with the run to get it done.”
“They just played better than we played,” said 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula.
San Francisco was stifled by Seattle’s defense in the first half. Completely shutout while Colin Kaepernick tossed at least four passes to the sideline, one hitting an employee directly in the head.
Kaepernick completed 13 of 24 passes for 124 yards. But in the first half the 49ers couldn’t get their offense going and fell flat to their rivals once again.
“A couple of those were throwaways,” Kaepernick said. “I’m not going to force a ball into a window and turn it over, especially when we’re in a backed-up situation.”
Kaepernick did not turn the ball over however, kicking one field goal was not enough to stop a surging Seahawks team. Russell Wilson seemed to have no problem finding open receivers. After Steven Hauschka kicked a 49 -yard field goal. Wilson went deep to a wide open Tyler Lockett for a 43-yard touchdown making it a 17-0 game in the second quarter.
Wilson completed 10 of his first 12 passes finishing with 235 yards passing despite throwing two interceptions and getting sacked five times. San Francisco recorded five sacks against Seattle marking the second time this season the team notched 5.0 sacks in a game. LB Aaron Lynch had two sacks while Ahmad Brooks brought down Wilson for his 2nd and 3rd sacks of the season.
“I think I kind of handcuffed us on those two plays before halftime were we almost had a touchdown,” said Wilson. “They did a great job of taking that away and [Tramaine] Brock made a great play there.”
The 49ers came up big on defense when Brock intercepted Wilson’s pass in the end zone preventing the Seahawks from scoring another touchdown right before the half ended.
Kenneth Acker picked off Wilson in the third and San Francisco’s defense shutdown the Seahawks offense forcing them to one field goal in the second half. Stevenson kicked a 46-yard field goal in the fourth.
“He threw it, we were in cover 3 so I was able to make a play,” Brock said. “I needed to make a play, I gave up one. Gave one, got one so I’ve got to keep on going as a player.”
While Seattle has been a thorn in their side, Kaepernick was able to find Vernon Davis in a series for back-to-back first downs which setup Phil Dawson’s 35-yard field goal in the second half to avoid a shutout victory by the Seahawks. Davis recorded four receptions for 61 yards. He now has a career 5,616 career reception yards.
“Well, we’ve had our struggles with Seattle. It’s hard to get by this. It is. I’m not going to stand here and lie,” said Davis. “It is Seattle, and we haven’t really had much success against them this past couple years. But like I said before, we have to put this one behind us, move on and get ready for the next match.”