Last week, the only source of offense for the 49ers came through their special teams. This week was no different, as kicker Robbie Gould booted three field goals (40 yards, 37 yards and 34 yards) for the only scores of the game for San Francisco.
Rookies Victor Bolden Jr. and Trent Taylor both proved capable enough in the return game, with Bolden Jr. averaging 23.7 yards per kick return and Taylor averaging 13.3 yards per punt return.
Punter Bradley Pinion had another busy day, punting the ball seven times with an average of 43.9 yards.
Through two games, Kyle Shanahan is showing that he will experience growing pains this season along with his players. If the Panthers game in Week One featured some questionable decision-making on fourth downs, then Week Two against Seattle today was highlighted by time management.
The time-of-possession was dominated by the Seahawks, so much so that at one point the ratio was nearly 2:1 in favor of the home team. For the game, Seattle had the ball for 36:58 compared to San Francisco’s 23:02.
Most notably in this game was the lack of offense. Shanahan —a renowned offensive mind — is leading the play-calling and so far, the 49ers have yet to reach the end zone.
While they walk away with a loss, there is positive that can be drawn from this game. The defense stepped up and Carlos Hyde put on a show. The next step is to get the offense going, and they’ll get their chance when they face the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday Night Football in Week 3.