Santa Clara – It was the matchup we’ve all been waiting for, no better stage set than Monday Night Football. The Seattle Seahawks kicked a winning field goal to end the Forty-Niners winning streak and become the first team to hand them a loss this season. It was an unbelievable game from start to finish.
The 49ers prefect season came to an end with the 27-24 loss to the Seahawks. After both teams failed to score in overtime, Jason Myers kicked a 42-yard field goal for the win. Chase McLaughlin missed a 47-yard field goal that would’ve kept San Francisco’s winning streak alive. The 49ers were the last unbeaten team in the NFL.
“You’re always disappointed when you don’t win,” said Kyle Shanahan. “Especially, when we felt we had a number of chances. I was very proud of our guys. I thought we competed very hard. Guys left it all out there. I know guys are hurting right now. I thought all three phases played hard. I thought our defense was unbelievable. I thought the offense played as hard as they could but made way too many mistakes to be able to pull out a win in that game.”
Russell Wilson put the Seahawks in great field position to start overtime. But his pass intended for Jacob Hollister who was inches from the goal line was intercepted by Dre Greenlaw who ran it back for 47 yards. But McLaughlin missed a 47 yard field goal for the win. Yet he made a 47 yard field goal to tie the game 24-24 to force the game into overtime.
The 49ers usually start the game with ease but Seattle’s defense was dominant. Thanks to two penalties by the Seahawks, Jimmy Garoppolo’s interception by Shaquille Griffin was overturned. And a pass interference call by Tre Flowers moved the chains to setup McLaughlin’s 43-yard field goal to give San Francisco a 3-0 lead on their opening drive.
By the next drive, the 49ers got back to their game, Garoppolo found a wide open Kendrick Bourne for a 10-yard touchdown making it a 10-0 game to end the first quarter. Seattle was unable to move the ball in the first quarter, forcing them to punt twice. Wilson was sacked five times tonight.
An unlucky San Francisco turnover led to the Seahawks first touchdown. Garoppolo was sacked by Jarran Reed and fumbled the ball. Jadeveon Clowney recovered the ball and ran it back for a 10-yard touchdown making it a 10-7 game. At the two minute mark in the second, Wilson’s pass to DK Metcalf for 26 yards was under review. Metcalf rushed up the sideline into the end zone carrying a pack of 49ers.
“It was a tough fought game,” Garoppolo said. “It’s a good team, so we knew it was going to be a tough fight and everything. “I thought our guys battled up until the end. It was a tough loss.”
Jaquiski Tartt took the ball from Metcalf in the end zone. After further review the call was overturned and the ball went back to San Francisco. A hug defensive stop for the 49ers who prevented Seattle from tying the game before halftime. But costly turnovers by San Francisco led to 20 unanswered points for the Seahawks in the second half.
Garoppolo’s pass intended for Bourne was intercepted by Quandre Diggs who rushed it back for 44 yards. That setup Wilson’s scramble for 14 yards, then he lobbed the ball into the end zone to Hollister for the 3-yard touchdown making it a 14-10 game with Seattle in the lead for the first time tonight.
“It is very difficult,” said Greenlaw on containing [Russell] Wilson. “It is everybody’s job on the defense from the front seven point-of-view. He is a great quarterback, he is going to make plays, he moves with the best of them. We just have to make sure that we do our jobs, be assignment sound, make sure everyone is in their gaps and be able to play off when he is ready to scramble around.”
Chris Carson rushed for a 1-yard touchdown extending their lead 21-10. But another sack on Wilson by both Arik Armstead and K’Waun Williams in the fourth, forced Wilson to fumble. Germain lefdi recovered the ball and then fumbled, DeForest Buckner recovered the ball and ran it back for a 12-yard touchdown. The 49ers two-point conversion brought them within 3 points. McLaughlin’s 39 yard field goal tied the game 21-21.
Then it became a battle between the kickers. Meyers kicked a 46 yard field goal for the lead and McLaughlin’s game winning field goal tied the game 24-24 and forced overtime. The 49ers first loss of the season came against a good team in their division. They still face an uphill battle in this second half, facing some better opponents however they’re playing their best football.
“You don’t treat both the same, success and failure, because neither one of them are fatal,” Richard Sherman said. “It’s a learning experience, guys battled and we had a chance to win it. We’ve got to play better on both sides of the ball. All three phases we’ve got to play better football. On defense, we’ve got to give ourselves a chance. We’ve got to get those stops on those sudden changes. So, at the end of the day, it’s a good learning lesson for us. Guys battled, there was a ton of mistakes that guys made but then we made a ton of huge plays to give us a chance.”