No. 2: Wide Receiver Marquise Goodwin
Goodwin had a chance to seriously impact the game early, particularly on San Francisco’s opening offensive possession.
On 3rd-and-5 at the Seahawks 25-yard line in the first quarter, Jimmy Garoppolo hit a wide-open Goodwin, who let the pass go right through his hands. Had Goodwin held onto the ball, he would have likely had an open route right into the end zone for a would-be touchdown.
All other things being equal, and looking at the final score of the game, Goodwin’s drop ended up being painful in the loss.
In total, Goodwin saw just 10 total snaps during the game, indicating Shanahan wanted to give San Francisco’s other pass catchers more opportunities.
Even during those 10 snaps, Goodwin managed nothing on his three targets.
And his crucial third-down drop hurt the most.