Sep 15, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Media overkill: Why the 49ers loss to Seattle isn’t the end of the world


It has been a little more than 48 hours since the San Francisco 49ers were embarrassed on national tv for the second time in less than 10 months by the Seattle Seahawks and now more than ever, panic has set in.

The 49ers got beat by a team without their best receiver, their second lockdown cornerback, their best pass rusher, their starting linebacker who is serving a 4-game suspension, and their starting left tackle, who was lost in the first half of Sunday’s game.

If this 49er squad couldn’t beat that team, just imagine how they would fare against a fully healthy Seattle squad in December’s rematch, let alone in a possible playoff game.

The sky has fallen for the 49ers while Seattle has been handed the Lombardi trophy.

Unfortunately for the NFL and the media pundits, there are 14 games left to play before the season is said and done. No, the sky hasn’t fallen on the San Francisco 49ers and no, Seattle hasn’t won anything more than the second game of a 16-game season.

That isn’t to say that Sunday’s win wasn’t important, it was, but to argue that it showed a definite shift in the balance of power in the NFC West is to be completely captured by the glitter of Richard Sherman dancing with the Seahawk cheerleaders after an interception.

No, the balance of power hasn’t shifted. Seattle held down home field, which they have down ever since Russell Wilson took over as QB, and they destroyed a 49er team riddled with injuries.

No Michael Crabtree, no Mario Manningham, and no LaMichael James on offense. Add to that the loss of their starting defensive tackle, Ian Williams and starting safety Eric Ried, and you’ve got a very patch work 49ers offense and a defense down two starters in the middle of a game.

This isn’t an excuse as to why San Francisco lost, but rather a buffer to the media bias that the sky has fallen for the 49ers.

The 49ers will be just fine.

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  • Hoosgow

    As we learn more about Harbaugh and his coaching staff, there is a lot to be disappointed about. I can’t tell if they’re overthinking or underthinking or not thinking, but they were certainly not prepared. They seem to do that about every third game – and that includes the Atlanta game and the Superbowl. Barring major unexpected developments – if we look at this season as Superbowl or bust, then I’m afraid it’s Bust, and unless the Niners get their act together fast, they’re looking at a 1-3 start. I wouldn’t bet on them against Indianapolis.

    • Orly Rios Jr.

      it’s quite possible that the 49ers could slide through around 10-6 and make the playoffs then with a fully healthy squad that includes the likes of Crabtree and Manningham, make a serious run at the Super Bowl again.

      • Hoosgow

        Unless they have to play in Seattle in the playoffs – which is highly likely.

  • Calibandawg

    Geez, and you guys wonder why you are called the forty-whiners. Lift your freaking chins SF fans. Two beatings in row ought to make your team even more motivated. CK is the same guy who put up 400 on Green Bay. I am sure it will be a different story in December unless you keep this hangdog crap up.

  • skeletony

    Seahawk fan here, but this article is accurate in it’s message. One thing I worry about is my team getting too comfortable and losing to someone like Jacksonville, then following that with losses to Houston. The end result being a number of losses we can’t afford in this division.