It was déjà on Sunday night for Niner fans as the San Francisco 49ers were outplayed and overmatched for the second game a row by the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle’s defense dominated in all four quarters, holding San Francisco’s offense to 207 yards, which led to a 29-3 win.
Turnovers were a big factor for the 49ers as Colin Kaepernick threw for three interceptions and had one fumble. Kap’s first INT was thrown with the Niners offense at Seattle’s five-yard line and the score 0-0 in the first quarter. The 49ers had possession of the football because of a blocked punt by Craig Dahl on the previous series.
Despite four turnovers by Kaepernick, he was the sole offense for the Niners. In addition to his 127 passing yards, he was the leading rusher with 87 yards on nine carries. Unfortunately, tonight that was not a positive thing for the 49ers.
For the second week in a row Frank Gore was ineffective on the ground. On nine carries he averaged just 1.8 yards per rush, totaling a pedestrian 16 yards. The Niners offense had over 100 rushing yards, but only 13 yards came from the running backs.
The last two games the 49ers rushing attack have not looked like their normal self on offense. They only managed 90 rushing yards in the first game and 100 rushing yards against the Seahawks. The heart and soul of the offense is running the football. Clearly there is something amiss with the rushing offense.
After Anquan Boldin had a big debut, he did not make his first catch until 50 minutes into the game. It was his only reception of the game, which went for just seven yards.
The moment that showed how inept the Niners offense was against the Seahawks’ defense was in the third quarter. The Niners doubled their offensive yards to 133 on their first and only scoring drive of the game. Even though the offense had a 9-play, 71-yard drive, Kaepernick should have ended it with a touchdown. From there, the Niners offense never regained momentum.
Penalties were also a big killer for the 49ers. Many of them were away from the football and one led to a safety with a holding penalty in the endzone by Bruce Miller. Of the 12 penalties that cost the 49ers 121 yards, three were called for unnecessary roughness and one for unsportsmanlike conduct. The penalties showed the 49ers’ frustration late in the game, when they needed to have composure to mount a comeback.