05 Dec A Stack of mistakes leads to 49ers Loss
The 49ers had 10 penalties called, giving the Seahawks every chance to drain the clock and drive down the field. What usually turns the tides for the 49ers every game is Time of Possession and the run game, that wasn’t the case today. The Seahawks managed to hold onto the ball for 35+ minutes and keep the ball out of the team’s hands. Deebo Samuel and Fred Warner’s absence was definitely felt this game, not being able to find their footing at all. There were some bright spots, George Kittle came to play, racking up over 180 yards with two touchdowns. Azeez Al-Shaair led the team in tackles and was a force all over the field and consistently made plays.
Bad Jimmy Garrapolo came to play today, not seeing the field fully and gifting the Seahawks two picks. High balls were another common occurrence and just terrible overthrows where there wasn’t anyone in the vicinity of receivers. Once he got back in rhythm, it was too late, with less than 4 minutes left on the clock it wasn’t enough to take the game into overtime. A fake punt TD was the start of the team’s woes, where it looked like no one was prepared for the possibility of it. Tom Compton cannot play Right Tackle, every down felt like he was beaten. I’d personally like to see Jaylon Moore out there because it hurts to watch that side of the offensive line. The special teams were not good. Josh Norman continued to get beat and Deommondre Lenoir made rookie mistakes, allowing easy yardage and a touchdown. The defensive line was great in the beginning, but with the offense unable to convert on downs, the time of possession for the Seahawks definitely played a role in wearing down our defense.
To me, the tides had turned around 2 minutes left in the first half, where Arden Key and Charles Omenihu gave the Seattle offense a fighting chance with two roughing the passer calls. Allowing them to keep their drive alive and score. Then Travis Benjamin opened the second half with a fumble. Then the defense stops Seattle with an interception at the goal line. The offense takes over and Tom Compton gets blown up for a safety. Game tied. A lot of mistakes happened rapidly for both teams, but one capitalized while the other stalled out. Ultimately, the 49ers gave up 16 unanswered points for a loss.