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Instant Analysis: 49ers 40 – Seahawks 21

Posted by Scott Kegley on December 12, 2010 – 7:14 PM

When a team forces five turnovers and does not turn the ball over on offense, that team usually wins the game.

When the quarterback has a rating of 130.9, that doesn’t hurt either.

Such was the case for the 49ers on Sunday when they outplayed the Seattle Seahawks from start to finish and left Candlestick with a 40-21 win. They now sit just one game back in the NFC West.

“Anytime you get a win, it feels good, but today really felt good because I felt like our guys really put it together and our ‘O’ scored big,” linebacker Patrick Willis said. “I think that’s the first time this year we might have scored 40 points so it was really fitting to see them execute the way they did.”

Alex Smith was key in the offensive execution, throwing for 255 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

“Alex comes out every week and just does a tremendous job handling everything,” tight end Vernon Davis said.  “He’s always under pressure, he’s always under the microscope and he just manages to come through and I thank God for having a guy like him on the team.  You know he’ll fight through adversity any day.”

Standout Stat: Despite playing well for the majority of the season, the defense knew they had to get more turnovers and they were able to do just that on Sunday.  The unit forced four interceptions and one Matt Hasselbeck fumble.

Highlight Reel: With the 49ers up 30-7 at halftime, the Seahawks got the ball at the start of the third quarter and quickly supplied the 49ers with more points.  On the second play of the half, Dashon Goldson picked off Hasselbeck and returned it for the score to put the 49ers up 37-7.  The play set the tone for the rest of the game.

Put it in Perspective: Teams are usually excited following a blowout win.  The 49ers, however, were very business-like after the game.  Just one game back in the NFC West, the team understands that they’re still alive in the playoff race, but have plenty of work to get there.

“It’s playoff-mode right now,” Alex Smith said.  “I think that’s the thing that a lot of us try to focus on and tell each other.  You start talking about three games down the line, you’re getting ahead of yourself.  We’re focused on this next game.”

The 49ers will have to turn their attention to San Diego quickly, with a short week to prepare for Thursday night’s game.  The Chargers are coming off a convincing 31-0 win over the Kansas City Chiefs and are just one game back in the AFC West at 7-6.


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32 Responses to “Instant Analysis: 49ers 40 – Seahawks 21”

  1. By Viliam Dugovic on Dec 12, 2010 | Reply

    Bravo 49ers,well done Vincent! “Vincent Van Gogh”

  2. By Gamebreaker76 on Dec 12, 2010 | Reply

    Ok nice job but witch alex smith are we going to see thursday night against San Diego Chargers???????

  3. By mr. niner on Dec 12, 2010 | Reply

    thats a good question Gamebreaker76, I really think Alex is not good but he did have a descent game and we won so i cant wait until thurs. to see how he play, and to be honest he played just ok, finally all the playmakers we have finally made plays and thats how i see it, but the defense played great. 4 int’s and a force fumble alex better had did good. but i still think Troy fits our identity

  4. By pete nice on Dec 12, 2010 | Reply

    hey gamebreaker let’s not be so critical of alex smith. Is he the answer at qb? NO Is he the best qb we got YES Do we have a qb that is worth a # 1 qb job NO!!! One thing I noticed is that the niners were able to throw the ball down field alot more than they were with Troy Smith!! Once again look at the teams Troy played against VS ALEX and then make a judgement. Not to mention our young Off line got better during the season. I am not saying Alex is the answer to our qb problems but he is the best we have right now by far!!! THE ANSWER IS ANDREW LUCK AT QB AND JIM HARBOROUGH AS HEAD COACH

  5. By Keller on Dec 12, 2010 | Reply

    Give Alex a break. He’s had to deal with some hard knocks and the chips stacked against him. Give credit where credit is due. He played well tonight. He finished with a 130.9 QB rating. Yes, the defense was impressive, but defense is nothing without the offense. Kudos to the offense stepping it up!

  6. By David on Dec 12, 2010 | Reply

    In my opinion , Alex can be good , he has shown that more then once.However hes bad more then good.We made fewer mistakes then usual , today , but still couldn’t run, and still had WR’s drop catch able balls.But today was good , I will be happy if we pull it off Thursday , then we have Rams and cards!

  7. By WillSanJose on Dec 12, 2010 | Reply

    niners will not make playoffs.

  8. By WillSanJose on Dec 12, 2010 | Reply

    pete nice — harbaugh is not the answer.. niners need a proven NFL HC with a superbowl/winning pedigree if they are to change the culter of this club. Haruagh is good college coach but NFL is a lot different cat all together
    I say bring in Gruden, or Brian Billick.

  9. By way2sicc on Dec 12, 2010 | Reply

    yall are crazy, alex played great, so he deserves his props, so give it to him. i think hes ready now to be a consistent qb, and the good thing is hell get to prove it soon vs sd. im sure he will play well again and give this team an oppurtunity to beat the chargers.

  10. By alex on Dec 12, 2010 | Reply

    i’m sure the break was all he needed to refuel/remotivate/re-up , sometimes seeing things from the sidelines and having pressure on you to perform well can give you a jolt…not to say he will be this good down the road or even get a chance to play for the 9ers after this season…but this is all speculation.
    he did a good job today and if he repeats then he will definitely give us a chance to win thur, NINERS FOR LIFE!!

  11. By DNJELLY on Dec 12, 2010 | Reply

    Watching the 49ers play every week is both exciting and scary, because there is no way to know which 49ers team will show up to the field that day. The same goes for Alex Smith. He is able to throw for over two hundred yards a game (like in week 1 against the Seahawks), but much of the time he does not seem to have the follow through that is necessary to be a top ten quarterback.

    I guess what I am trying to say is that the talent is there, we have seen it, Alex just needs the confidence to realize it and attain his inner-clutchness that is prevalent in most top-tier quarterbacks, a trait which seems to course through the veins of his counterpart, Troy.

  12. By 49erfaithfull19 on Dec 13, 2010 | Reply

    49ers is the best in the west. just my op. and yeahh alex is a goood QB but he is inconsistant he will play great in one game and be bad in the next we dnt need that. troy smith led us to a 3-2 victory this year and alex smith led us to a 1-6 start sooo hmmmm which is better. troy is a great QB and is not afriad to scramble i think alex isss.sooo keep singeltary as coach cause he is what gets us fird up. he is a great coach he knows it better than most out there cause he not only is a coach but played the game and knows the game!!!!

  13. By ozzie on Dec 13, 2010 | Reply

    nate is the future…

  14. By realfaned on Dec 13, 2010 | Reply

    The fans have sent a clear message if anyone could see the stadium was half empty, saying we hate Alex Smith BOO BOOO loud and clear. We won the game today clearly because of great defencive effort. The coaches finally understand how to use westbrook. They use the lame excuse we can open the play book the fans don’t care TAKE OUT ALEX.I will be at the San Diego game to yell at Singletary and Alex all night.

  15. By KDB on Dec 13, 2010 | Reply

    It’s truly AMAZING to hear critics that NEVER played the game at a high level arm chair QB.

    Just listen to Jimmy Johnson and Brian Billick about A. Smith, then WAKE up and realize it’s a team game.

    Then, I have to just laugh and pray that these litte Boo Birds that change their spots after A. Smith plays well start cheering. and when they booed they didn’t even know what they were booing at because they don’t UNDERSTAND the game. And if you just booed the entire time, then you need some help because it ain’t football you are mad at. I pray for you.

  16. By Ninerfan49 on Dec 13, 2010 | Reply

    BIG WIN! Thats just one out of 4 we need. SD is strugglin, just like we are. I think this game will be closer than everyone will think. We saw what OAK did to SD, we should be able to do the same, just with more plays downfield and not just trying to smash SD in the mouth. Cant wait for this game. Should be a good one.

  17. By bomoney1 on Dec 13, 2010 | Reply

    i like what i saw but we need our wr to make the big plays down the feild

  18. By bomoney1 on Dec 13, 2010 | Reply

    need to look at nate david or a good draft pic for future…. cam anyone

  19. By Zebrios49 on Dec 13, 2010 | Reply

    Troy Smith is pretty good…but..he doesnt know all the playbook like Alex, so the plays are limited with Troy..with alex we get to mix it up a little…so the D will get a little bigger taste…and we will have a better chance at a W

  20. By KDB on Dec 13, 2010 | Reply

    I’d look at Cam but wouldn’t pick him up. Yes he’s darn good but I wouldn’t draft a QB, but I’d also keep Alex if the TEAM could keep playing like they did yesterday and against AZ, but if they fizz out, then entire new coaching staff.

    If we did get a new QB I would try to get the kid behind Vick at Philly. Forget Nate Davis, bless his heart, he can’t even read a book let alone a defense.

    Now for the game—we played well in all facets except special teams and some defense still scares me, but oh well they can play.

    What is up with the drops by Crabbs and Ginn? Ginn we know is suspect but Crabbs–WOW that is concerning.

    How about Josh Morgan–what a champ.

    And forget Nate Davis–Bless his heart–he can’t even read a book let alone a Defense.

    I have to give Sing a bit of credit for making the right move with Alex and for lett Mike Johnson call an agressive game. It made a Distinct difference as did giving Alex time to throw.

  21. By temper on Dec 13, 2010 | Reply

    Congrats KDB on the victory. We did alot of talking last week, glad to see the W on this side. Seattle clearly didn’t come to play though so Thursday is the big test. If Alex can have another quality game and come away with a W, he may start to win a few fans back.

  22. By bobcat2u on Dec 13, 2010 | Reply

    Who’da thunk it ! Here we are 13 games into the season, a record of 5-8, one game behind in the division and still a chance to make the post season. This could be a script that was written for the twilight zone. Seems more of a setting for the OUTER LIMITS. You never know which Alex is going to show up for the game. I’m just glad it was the good Alex against the SEATTLE SEAPUNKS. That was such sweet vindication after what that did to us in the first game. Now maybe the seapunk fans will tone it down a little Thank you niners for giving this old man something to smile about. 9ers 4ever..

  23. By KDB on Dec 13, 2010 | Reply

    Agreed Temper–we need to step up if we are to get a W Thursday for sure.

  24. By Grant on Dec 13, 2010 | Reply

    I think we need to get off the “alex smith sucks” band wagon. he did a pretty damn good job out there. 3 TDs and no picks?? where is the applause or the credit?? i think he deserves some credit. you cant argue with results. alex stepped up and produced. he just has to keep it up. i think he can do it. he isnt stupid. he knows whats at stake…not just playoff hopes, but his job too. if any of you pay attention, this is his last year of his contract. he’s playing for his job right now. he’ll be fine. if we have balance against SD on thurs., alex will step up and get a W for us. so lay off the alex smith sucks crap til he proves he sucks. you cant say he sucks givien the circumstances hes been in throughout his carrer. he hasnt exactly had the best 5 years a QB could have…give it time, he can produce

  25. By 49ermarc on Dec 13, 2010 | Reply

    Its a team effort, all cylinders were clicking and we dominated the game. Alex knows the playbook and he accurate, therefore we have a better chance of winning. Alex haters shut up and watch the niner game and cheer you frikin fools.

    I hope Alex takes it the chargers to shut up critics.

    Go niners.

  26. By realfaned on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    For all of you people who keep on insisting to post their lame opinions on other peoples blogs WHATEVER. I am here in hopes that the coaching staff or someone in the 49er organization will get a clue on the facts. The facts are that Alex Smith sucks. Fact #1: his stats speak for themselves. Fact #2: the stadium was halfway empty and the ones that were there only bood him the entire game. Fact #3: many of you have posted how he plays like a college player and his stance and ability to read defenses shows this. Fact #4: he will never be a franchise quarterback so why keep him. Fact #5 is the biggests: we are getting a new stadium in 2014 which will require people to buy tickets brining me back to the halfway empty stadium. This is a fact. So everyone on here who thinks they know football dont tell me what you know tell me what you can prove beyond your unknowledge of the game called football. Give me some facts behind your comments.

  27. By Zebrios49 on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    Forget all the gossip…LETS DO THIS!!!!! we got this..as long as the whole team brings their A game…we can take the NFC west…

  28. By eric on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    i think they need off cord who has a ring or one whos a vet and has been in playoffs several times that and maybe john gruden and a first round pick of a qb

  29. By eric on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    if philly stays with vick as starter try for kolb maybe if they make kolb starter try for vick either one id take for niners qb hell id take jeff garcia even lol if u guys remember last time we made playoffs was with jeff garcia lol jk with jeff but kolb vick or a first rounder would be nice…

  30. By STAN 78 on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    WILL from san jose I think the last time the 48ers got a head coach from the a college it was 1977 from Stanford his name was Bill Walsh. I thought that was crazy then.

  31. By STAN 78 on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    IM sorry people I didnt proof my comment I missed the 9

  32. By GoldenBay11 on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    Realfaned wants some fact behind people’s opinions… well here’s some. Using the rout against the Seahawks as an example, Alex Smith proved he can be a good quarterback. How many times in a season do you see QB’s with a 130.9 rating? Not a whole lot. Yes, the team as a whole, played well and that’s why they won so big. Now, we all know that Frank Gore is a huge staple of this teams offense. By having such a great runner it almost dictates a majority of the play calling because our offense is built around Frank. If you know anything about Alex Smith then you’d know that the offense ran at Utah with him behind center was a spread offense. We don’t use that offense with Frank in the backfield. We won the game against Seattle because we used a spread offense, which is what Alex is GREAT at utilizing. It’s what he knows, it’s how he’s been trained to play the game. So keeping that in mind, the more spread offense we run, the more Alex can produce… provided his receivers can catch the freakin’ ball! Alex would’ve produced more yards and more TD’s if his wideouts could catch. All those drops are what have lead Alex to produce a 56% completion percentage. And lets not forget that Alex has had 5 different offensive coordinators in his career. That’s grounds for helping ruin a QB’s career. He’s had a lot of speed bumps in his time in the NFL but now that he’s got Mike Johnson as his offensive coordinater and being his former QB coach, Alex has nowhere to go but up. Endstate: All you people that keep booing Alex when he makes a few bad throws then praising and cheering whe does good… STOP! You obviously have no idea what you’re watchig. Learn a little and maybe you’ll appreciate it for what it is.

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