No. 4: Linebackers Fred Warner, Dre Greenlaw Balled Out
One of the bigger questions the 49ers were going to have to answer, and still will, is how the defense gets by without one of their best players, linebacker Kwon Alexander, who’s lost for the season with a torn pectoral.
Greenlaw, San Francisco’s day-three NFL Draft rookie, intercepted Russell Wilson at the 49ers’ own 15-yard line in overtime, thwarting then what looked to be Seattle’s chance to seal the victory:
The play marked only the second time Wilson has been intercepted this season. So, kudos to Greenlaw.
Meanwhile, Warner finished with a team-high 10 tackles, one pass broken up, two sacks and a forced fumble. And on his generated turnover, defensive tackle DeForest Buckner managed to scoop up the loose ball and run it in for a much-needed 49ers touchdown in the fourth quarter.
While it’s impossible to truly determine how much the Niners will miss Alexander for the rest of the season, it’s at least reassuring to see both Warner and Greenlaw play notably well against a potent Seahawks offense.