In a nationally televised contest between NFC West division rivals San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night, both teams defenses were dominate throughout the game with the Niners getting the win behind Frank Gore’s 131 rushing yards. Heading into the game both teams offensive rushing attacks and defensive run stopping were in the top-five of the NFL. The 49ers were able to gain 175 total rushing yards while the Seahawks gained 136 rushing yards, with Marshawn Lynch totaling 103 of those yards.
The Niner offense went back to what works best for them, which is an offense led by a power-rushing attack. The offense ran 32 rushing plays and 23 passing plays for a total of 313 total yards. Alex Smith played a little better than last week’s game against the Giants with 140 passing yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. However, that is not saying much for Smith. You have to give credit to the Seahawks defense for putting pressure on Smith and the way they covered the 49ers receivers like a blanket, not giving him many throwing options. But there were big plays Smith should have made that were either overthrown or he didn’t see the open receiver. His biggest mistake was his fourth quarter interception with the Niners at the Seahawks 7-yard line and they were only up 10-6. Instead of finding the open receiver, Smith forced a pass to Randy Moss in the back of the end zone that was intercepted by the Seahawks. In short, Smith played more like a game manger in the win.
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