4 things we learned from 49ers mistake-filled loss to Seahawks

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Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
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The 49ers lost in a number of different ways to the Seahawks in Week 13, and these four key takeaways tell us a lot about Kyle Shanahan’s squad.

Either the San Francisco 49ers‘ three-game win streak heading into Week 13 was an anomaly, and the Niners’ previous four-game losing streak is actually more of an indication what kind of team head coach Kyle Shanahan is fielding this season.

Or San Francisco’s 30-23 road loss to the Seattle Seahawks was the tale of Shanahan and Co. hitting a significant “bump in the road” at a venue where they haven’t had much success at all for a long, long time.

Maybe a bit of both.

There are plenty of reasons to be concerned about the 6-6 49ers, who are still clinging to a playoff berth despite the loss but revealed plenty of cracks heading into the final stretch of the regular season.

And these four post-Week 13 takeaways are awfully telling.

No. 4: 49ers are a rhythm-based offense and can get cold quick

In Week 12, Shanahan was able to lap the Minnesota Vikings by scoring just before halftime and then again on the first possession in the third quarter en route to a much-needed win a week ago.

In Week 13, the Niners capped off their scoring for the day before the end of the second quarter but left Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Co. two minutes, with which they used to score a responding touchdown of their own, cutting the deficit to 23-21 in favor of San Francisco.

OK, the 49ers can still get back into rhythm, right? All those halftime adjustment are going to be made, right?

Well, those went out the window after kick returner Travis Benjamin fumbled, leading to a crazy back-and-forth sway that ultimately ended when quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was sacked in the end zone for a safety.

Loss of momentum completely, and the Niners didn’t get back into an offensive rhythm until late in the fourth quarter when it was too late.

Seattle scored 16 unanswered points, while San Francisco was held off the scoreboard in the third and fourth quarters completely.