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.