The 2010 season is here as the 49ers face their NFC West rivals in Week 1. It’s on overcast day at Qwest field with a slight chance of rain – should be good football weather.
Adding to the momentum of a 4-0 preseason, the 49ers signed Vernon Davis to a five-year contract extension on Saturday. We caught up with Vernon for a 1 on 1 interview in the team hotel just before he and Coach Singletary addressed the media on a conference call.
We’ll have the inactive list for both teams 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
49ers – QB Troy Smith (3rd QB), WR Kyle Williams, CB Tramaine Brock, CB William James, LB Ahmad Brooks, T Barry Sims, C Eric Heitmann, T Alex Boone
Seahawks – CB Nate Ness, CB Kennard Cox, G Evan Deitrich-Smith, T/G Chester Pitts, T Russell Okung, WR Golden Tate, TE Anthony McCoy, DE E.J. Wilson
Isaac Sopoaga provided one of the cooler moments I’ve seen prior to the game. During warmups, he lead the team in the Haka dance.
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The 49ers couldn’t have started any better as Nate Clements stepped in front of John Carlson to pick off Hasselbeck. After a short return, the 49ers got the ball at the SEA 30-yard line.
The 49ers picked up a first down on the drive thanks to a 7-yard pass from Smith to Walker. On 3rd down, Smith hit Morgan on the right side of the end zone. Marcus Trufant pushed him out of bounds and Seattle challenged the ruling on the field which was a touchdown. The officials ruled that Morgan did not get both feet in bounds thanks to the push by Trufant. On 3rd and goal, Smith hit Gore in the flat but was stopped for just a gain of one. Joe Nedney came on and gave the 49ers the lead with a 23-yard field goal.
49ers 3 – Seahawks 0
Leon Washington took the return out to the 47-yard line and was stopped down by Nedney. It was a rough collision, but Nedney appeared to be fine. Pete Carroll pulled a trick on 3rd down, having everyone break the huddle huddle quickly to hit Deion Branch on a screen. Branch came up just shy and the 49ers got the ball at the 10-yard line after a nice punt by Jon Ryan.
Smith moved the chains on 2nd down, finding Vernon Davis on a comeback for 8 yards. On 3rd and short, Smith faked the handoff and hit Delanie Walker for 14 yards – a very nice throw by Smith. The 49ers kept moving the chains all the way down to the 30, but after a loss on a run by Gore and a false start by Davis, the 49ers found themselves with a 2nd and 19. They set up a very nice screen to Gore for a gain of 23 down to the 15, which also ran out the clock on the half.
Standout Stat: The 49ers had 7 first downs in the quarter while the Seahawks had 0
Highlight Reel: No plays were necessarily flashy, but the screen to Gore for 23 yards got the 49ers out of a 2nd and long situation. The blocking down field was excellent and Gore nearly broke it for the score.
Put it in Perspective: The 49ers are dominating early as evidenced by the time of possession. The 49ers had the ball for 12:46 while Seattle had possession for just 2:14. The 49ers probably feel like they should have picked up more than 3 points after the early interception by Clements, but they’re moving the chains efficiently.
On 4th and inches, the 49ers elected to go for it. Smith faked the handoff and floated it for Moran Norris who was wide open. Norris couldn’t adjust to the pass and dropped what could’ve been a touchdown.
The Seahawks got the ball at their own 5-yard line. Mike Williams had a ball bounce right off his hands on 2nd down and the defense was able to stop Forsett on a screen on 3rd down so the Seahawks still don’t have a first down.
The 49ers started their drive at the SEA 37. Smith was sacked by Red Bryant and fumbled the ball. Anthony Davis was able to fall on it and recover. The 49ers went for it again on 4th and short, this time hitting Michael Crabtree in the flat to move the chains. Smith handed the ball to Walker on the TE around. Faster than most tight ends, Walker outran Chris Clemons, gave a stiff arm and got down inside the 10. Norris was stopped on 3rd and goal. The 49ers were set to go for it on 4th and goal from the 1, but the play clock ran out for a delay of game penalty. Nedney hit another 23-yard field goal and the 49ers go up 6-0 with 6:23.
49ers 6 – Seahawks 0
Washington returned the kick out to the 31 yard-line. The 49ers were offside on the kick so Seattle will begin the drive at the 36. Seattle picked up it’s first 1st down thanks to a holding penalty on Clements. The cornerback cut in front of Branch and tried to pick it off. Branch held his hand and probably saved a would-be touchdown. The penalty though went against Clements. Hasselbeck hit Cameron Morrah for another first down, drawing a large applause from the crowd at Qwest Field. Hasselbeck then hit Mike Williams who was wide open and nearly got in if it wasn’t for Goldson who stopped him at the 1. Hasselbeck then rolled left and dove for the pylon for the touchdown.
Seahawks 7 – 49ers 6
With 2:26 left in the half, the 49ers started their drive from the 20. A holding penalty by Morgan backed them up to the 10. On 3rd down, Smith threw for Crabtree and the ball bounced off his hands to Seattle for the interception.
The Seahawks capitalized as Hasselbeck hit Deon Butler who was wide open for the 13-yard score.
Seahawks 14 – 49ers 6
Starting the drive at the 10-yard line, the 49ers handed to Gore on 1st down. Smith looked for Davis on 2nd down and threw it incomplete. On 3rd down, Smith handed to Gore on the draw. Seattle took their third and final timeout so the 49ers will have to punt with 26 seconds left in the half.
Forsett returned the punt to the SEA 45. Hasselbeck handed the ball to Jones to run out the clock on the first half. *** Chilo Rachal has a stinger and his return is questionable ***
Standout Stat: The 49ers had possession for 22:03 while the Seahawks had the ball for just 7:57.
Highlight Reel: Seattle really seized momentum in the second quarter when Matt Hasselbeck dove for the pylon to give them the lead.
Put it in Perspective: Despite the drastic lead in time of possession, the 49ers didn’t capitalize on their opportunities. Norris nearly had a touchdown catch and the 49ers settled for two short field goals. Seattle stayed in the game and made a few big plays to grab all the momentum. The 49ers need to regain their form they had early in the game and execute in the red zone. They are still very much in the game and will get the ball to start the second half.
The 49ers started their first drive from the 20. On 3rd down, Smith tried to hit Crabtree on a slant, but the ball went right to Marcus Trufant who ran it back for the touchdown.
Seahawks 21 – 49ers 6
Ginn took the kick on a hop and returned it to the 23. The 49ers couldn’t get anything going on their drive. Three incomplete passes, a delay of game and an intentional grounding backed them up inside the 15-yard line and Lee had to punt. After the 47-yard kick by Lee, Seattle will start the half at their own 40-yard line.
Hasselbeck threw for Carlson and was well off the mark. Goldson hit Carlson and drew the flag from the unnecessary roughness. Seattle moved the ball down the field with passes to Carlson and Williams. They also overcame an offensive pass interference penalty setting up a 1st and goal from the 4-yard line. On 3rd and goal, Hasselbeck found Deion Branch, putting the ball on his back shoulder for the touchdown.
Seahawks 28 – 49ers 6
Ginn fielded the kick and returned it out to the 29. Smith rolled out and hit Davis for a 16-yard gain to start the drive. Gore then moved the chains on the very next play with a 10-yard run up the middle. Nate Byham made his first NFL catch, a 5-yard reception from Smith to the right side. On 3rd and 5, Smith looked deep for Ginn, but the ball was over the wrong shoulder and was nearly picked off by Trufant. Lee’s punt rolled into the end zone for a touchback.
The defense help up it’s end of the bargain, forcing the 3 and out by Seattle. Willis pressured Hasselbeck forcing an incomplete pass and stopped Forsett for a short gain on 3rd down.
The 49ers started the drive from their own 40 after the return by Ginn. Smith’s pass for Gore on 3rd down sailed high and the 49ers go 3 and out as well. Forsett fielded the punt at the 7 and shook the first tackler. Goldson pushed him out at the 19 to prevent what could have been a long return.
Mike Williams lined up against Willis on 3rd down and Hasselbeck hit him for a short gain to move the chains. Hasselbeck then hit Obomanu against Clements to convert on another third down. The two fought for the ball as Obomanu made a difficult catch.
Standout Stat: The 49ers are just 1-11 on 3rd downs while the Seahawks are 3-6
Highlight Reel: The 32-yard interception return by Trufant gave the Seahawks instant momentum coming out of halftime.
Put it in Perspective: The 49ers have put themselves in a tough position as they’ll have to comeback from a 22-point deficit in the fourth quarter. They looked dominant early on and need to regain that momentum.
The 49ers stopped the Seahawks on 3rd down and after the punt, they got the ball at the 20. Smith hit Morgan on the sideline and found Ginn deep down the middle for a 19-yard gain. Dominique Zeigler mad a nice grab by the left sideline to move the chains out to the SEA 45. That’s where the drive ended as Smith’s pass for Zeigler was too high on 3rd and 9. Jennings downed the punt at the 13.
The 49ers defense forced the three and out. Phillip Adams was deep on the punt. The punt was in front of him, but it took a Seattle bounce down to the SF 33.
The 49ers couldn’t get anything going offensively and punted after the 3 and out.
The Seahawks will begin their next drive at the 26. Forsett broke loose for a gain of 32 yards, giving Seattle a 1st down at the SF 33. Forsett picked up another first down on a run up the middle. With 4:52 remaining, Seattle has a first down at the 22.
That’s it for us from the press box. Stay tuned to 49ers.com for postgame coverage.
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