SF 49ers grades in heartbreaking season-finale loss to Seahawks
By Peter Panacy
The SF 49ers were in prime position to pull off an upset over the Seahawks in Week 17, but Russell Wilson did more Wilson-like things.
The SF 49ers know this storyline all too well.
They’ll be up over their NFC West division rivals, the Seattle Seahawks, in the fourth quarter needing a defensive stand to retain the lead and secure the win. The only problem, however, is Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is going to add to the 23 fourth-quarter comebacks he already had entering the Week 17 bout to close out both teams’ regular-season campaigns.
In 2019, the story went the Niners’ way with that epic goal-line stand by linebacker Dre Greenlaw to secure San Francisco a win and the division crown.
But with the SF 49ers out of the playoffs amid a season where no other team put more players on injured reserve, the more-familiar storyline of Wilson leading a comeback became reality.
Make that 24 fourth-quarter comebacks for Wilson now after he hit wide receiver Tyler Lockett for the go-ahead 4-yard touchdown with just over two minutes remaining in regulation.
Both Seattle and San Francisco added the equivalent of garbage-time touchdowns to make the final score 26-23. But it was Wilson’s score to Locket, which made it 19-16 in favor of the Seahawks, that was the true difference-maker. Sure, the SF 49ers offense was scuffling for much of the game. Yet coordinator Robert Saleh’s defense did a phenomenal job for much of the game trying to contain Wilson and a potent Seattle offense.
Except for those 20 fourth-quarter Seahawks points, though.
Nevertheless, let’s go ahead and dish out our final position grades for the Niners as they finish their 2020 campaign with a 6-10 record and a very uncertain future this offseason.