49ers don’t get good game grades after loss to Seahawks
By Peter Panacy
The 49ers committed too many mistakes in their 30-23 road loss to the Seahawks, and the position grades are certainly reflected in the outing.
San Francisco 49ers fans may have a right to complain about two specific plays on their team’s final drive of their Week 13 road matchup versus the Seattle Seahawks.
Left guard Laken Tomlinson was flagged for what appeared to be a phantom holding call, and there have been worse calls not flagged for penalties, perhaps even a few during this 30-23 win for the Hawks.
More importantly, on the Niners’ second-to-last play before time expired, wide receiver Trent Sherfield appeared to be held by Seattle cornerback Sidney Jones on what could have been a game-tying touchdown.
No call, though. And San Francisco ultimately lost the game, falling to 6-6 as a result.
That said, the 49ers can’t look at the officiating and blame the referees fully, because head coach Kyle Shanahan’s squad committed plenty of actual mistakes and gaffes over the course of 60 minutes. If the officials are going to influence the outcome of a game, it’s best for a team to put itself in a position where that won’t be a factor.
The Niners didn’t do it. Nor did they take advantage of plenty of the Seahawks’ own mistakes throughout the game either.
Needless to say, San Francisco’s positional grades over the course of Week 13 aren’t going to be pretty, outside of a handful of standouts here and there, and even those weren’t enough to overcome what seemed like an inevitable outcome.
Let’s break down our Week 13 position grades.