The 49ers are going for their 12th win of the season today against the Seahawks. It would be their first 12-win season since 2001. The 49ers will have their work cut out for them against a hot Seahawks team that’s won their last three games.
The 49ers will also be without linebacker Patrick Willis and wide receiver Ted Ginn who are both inactive.
49ers – QB Scott Tolzien, WR Ted Ginn, CB Tramaine Brock, LB Patrick Willis, G Daniel Kilgore, G Mike Person, NT Ian Williams.
Seahawks – QB Josh Portis, S Jeron Johnnson, CB Kennard Cox, LB Malcolm Smith, G Paul Fanaika, DT Clinton McDonald, T Jarriel King
Ted Robinson and I discussed today’s game in our Teddy Football podcast. Right now, there are quite a few 49ers fans here at CenturyLink Field. They’re pumping in music and it’s already very loud.
The 49ers won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Unfortunately, they don’t play “Tony Montana” for them here in Seattle. Tavaris Jackson hit Ricardo Lockette on 2nd down for a big gain down the right sideline to the SF 36. The Seahawks then converted on third down as Zach Miller was lined up wide against Larry Grant. Jackson found the mismatch and connected. Then, Jackson hit Doug Baldwin on a quick out and Baldwin turned the corner and outran everyone for a 13-yard score.
Seahawks 7 – 49ers 0
Kyle Williams returned the kickoff to the 31 and for the second time a small skirmish ensued after the play. The 49ers picked up a first down thanks to a neutral zone infraction against Chris Clemons. Crabtree came up just a few inches short on 3rd down and the 49ers offense stayed on the field. Alex Smith took it himself on the QB sneak and got the first down. Smith play faked and hit Crabtree on an out for a gain of 12 to the SEA 35. Smith had two great pass to Davis and Crabtree, but he couldn’t get any help from his receivers. Davis bobbled the pass down the right sideline and only got one foot in bounds and Crabtree couldn’t hand on after Smith improvised and threw it just out of the reach of the defender. Then, David Akers missed the 52-yard field goal and the 49ers walk away from a good drive with no points.
McDonald sacked Jackson on first down, but two hard runs by Lynch gave the Seahawks a new set of downs. Carlos Rogers had great coverage on Baldwin on third down to force a Seahawks punt. Kyle Williams called for the fair catch at the 9.
Gore had his best run of the day so far on first down, getting good blocks up the middle for 14. Gore picked up the first down running straight ahead and then picked up another thanks to defensive holding. A nice run by Kendall Hunter gave the 49ers a first down at midfield. The rookie ran left and then found a seam and cut upfield for a nice gain. Delanie Walker took a knee to the head after a block and was carted off the field. It did not look good.
Highlight Reel: Ray McDonald now has 5.5 sacks on the season, a career high.
Standout Stat: The 49ers lead time of posession 9:12 to 5:48
Put it in Perspective: The wide receivers have not helped out Smith to this point. He’s been accurate on shots downfield, but he has to get help.
Smith was sacked on third down, but the lost yardage made no difference to Akers who connected on a 53-yard field goal.
Seahawks 7 – 49ers 3
The Seahawks showed the ability to run the ball against the 49ers defense on this drive as Lynch had several big gains including a 15-yarder. Bowman got the first sack of his career to push the Seahawks back and eventually force a punt that was downed at the 5.
Davis had another dropped pass on what would have been a first down and the offense went three and out.
The Seahawks again pounded the ball against the ground against the 49ers as they drove inside the red zone. On 3rd and goal from the 1, Jackson scrambled and nearly had the first rushing TD. He was stopped just short and the 49ers still have not allowed a rushing touchdown this season. Seattle tacked on a 19-yard field goal.
Seahawks 10 – 49ers 3
Kendall Hunter picked up a nice chunk of yardage and could have had more, but he stumbled at the SEA 47. The 49ers went for it on 4th and 6 and Smith’s pass was too high for Williams. They give the ball back to Seattle with 21 seconds and 3 timeouts at the 43.
Smith and Brooks pressure Jackson on first and second down to force him to throw it away. Seattle picked up one more first down and elected to throw instead of attempting a 62-yard field goal. Jackson’s throw was well shot of the end zone and out of bounds…a curious call. That was the last play of the half.
Highlight Reel: The 49ers stand at the goal line was really impressive, for more reasons than just keeping their streak of no rushing touchdowns alive. 10-3 sounds a lot better than 14-3 and it could end up having a major impact in the game.
Standout Stat: Seattle dominated time of possession in the second quarter and now leads that category 18:10 to 11:50.
Put it in Perspective: The 49ers offense hasn’t been able to get in a rhythm since that first drive and the Seahawks have been able to run the ball effectively. The offense really needs to get some points on their first drive of the second half in order to get some momentum. It’s only a one score game.
Smith hit Crabtree on a deep cross for a gain of 27 to begin the drive. Smith bobbled the snap on third down, avoided a sack and lowered his shoulder into the LB David Hawthorne up the left sideline to make it 4th and 2. Smith hit Davis down the right sideline to the 24 and the 49ers picked up the first down. Smith then threw another beautiful pass to Davis, who got both toes in at the 4-yard line. Gore rumbled in and moved the pile for a 4-yard touchdown run.
49ers 10 – Seahawks 10
The 49ers defense answered by forcing a three and out. Kyle Williams returned the punt 36 yards to the SEA 48.
On 3rd and 8, Smith tucked the ball and ran it for a gain of 12 to the 34. Gore had two nice runs. The second drew a penalty on Sherman for a horse collar tackle which moved the ball to the 9. The 49ers were backed up because of a block in the back. Akers tacked on a 29-yard field goal to give the 49ers the lead.
49ers 13 – Seahawks 10
The 49ers defense again forced a quick punt, not allowing a first down. The officials missed the call on the punt. Williams had a nice return negated by a block in the back call against Costanzo. Maragos was already going down and he was pushed into Costanzo who tried to avoid him.
Gore picked up a first down out near the 40. Hunter had a nice gain as well, bouncing the run to the left for a 15-yard gain.
Highlight Reel: Gore would not be denied on that 4-yard touchdown run.
Standout Stat: The Seahawks ran 10 plays in that quarter. One was a penalty.
Put it in Perspective: The 49ers came out firing and have no gone to more of a rushing attack after taking the lead. It’s just a 3-point game though and the 49ers must make it a two-score game to give themselves some cushion.
Smith hit Hunter along the right sideline for another first down inside the 30. The drive would stall, but Akers would hit his 41st field goal this season (an NFL record) to extend the lead.
49ers 16 – Seahawks 10
Tarell Brown was flagged for pass interference. It could have gone either way, but it gave the Seahawks good field position. Aldon Smith got his 14th sack of the season to back the Seahawks up. Seattle came up just short on 3rd and long and they elected to punt. The ball hit the pylon for a touchback.
Smith hit Davis over the middle and Davis made one man miss for a gain of 17. Sherman looked like he interfered with Williams on third down. No call and the 49ers have to punt. The punt was blocked, but Colin Jones made a great play to prevent the touchdown. Seattle will have the ball at the 4.
Lynch punched it in on the first play to give the Seahawks the lead.
Seahawks 17 – 49ers 16
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