The 49ers sure have plenty of duds from their Week 13 road loss to the Seahawks, but there are at least a number of positive standouts, too.
Perhaps it would be the Hawks’ fake punt for a touchdown after their opening possession stalled with a 3-and-out. Maybe it was quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo‘s sack taken in the end zone for a safety. Or, just as possibly, the Niners would like to have some of those roughing-the-passer calls back for hits on Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, which aided the Seahawks on their touchdown drive just before halftime.
Part of a 16-point swing in the Hawks’ favor.
Or, just as possibly, San Francisco would have liked to see Seattle flagged for some holding calls, too.
Either way, games like this tend to generate a lot of duds, and the 49ers sure have their share of them.
Even though there are some studs mixed in, too.
49ers Dud: Special Teams
Just lump this entire group into the “dud” category.
Special teams won’t necessarily win games on its own, but it certainly can lose them. Week 13 might have been a clear indicator of this.
Not only was there running back Travis Homer’s fake-punt taken for a 73-yard touchdown, but the Seahawks also managed to net a whopping 148 kick-return yards on six takeouts, and returner DeeJay Dallas averaged 25.8 yards per return attempt, too.
It gets worse.
The Niners lost their primary return specialist, Trent Cannon, to a concussion on the very first play of the game. After being carted off in an ambulance, fill-in returner Travis Benjamin had to shoulder the load, fumbling later in the game and allowing the Hawks to recover.
They didn’t score that drive, but nickel cornerback K’Waun Williams’ interception led to Garoppolo taking his safety, merely because of field position.
Oh, and kicker Robbie Gould missed an extra-point attempt, too.
Special teams was a complete dud for San Francisco in Week 13.