49ers vs. Seahawks: 4 stats that say everything about Week 4 loss

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No. 3: 49ers Trent Cannon’s two fumbles on one return

If there was one moment when the 49ers seemed to have a chance to get back in the game, even after quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo exited with a calf injury in favor of the rookie, Trey Lance, it was before return specialist Trent Cannon’s fumble off a kickoff return in the third quarter.

Actually, Cannon fumbled twice on the same play, recovering his initial muff on the kickoff, then fumbling again before he went to the ground.

The painful part, of course, was the Seahawks had just scored a go-ahead touchdown the previous drive. Cannon’s fumble, and subsequent recovery by Seattle at the Niners’ 14-yard line, allowed quarterback Russell Wilson to strike once more for yet another touchdown.

In total, the Seahawks managed 14 points in the span of five plays. That’s not good.

Now, take into account the total point swing from this particular turnover and the missed kicks by Mitch Wishnowsky, which add up to an 11-point swing, 10 points if you want to be picky and admit San Francisco going for a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter wouldn’t have happened if Robbie Gould was present.

Still, that 10-point difference proved to be a difference-maker in itself, showing the 49ers are having difficulty making up for mistakes they can no longer afford to make.