The only way I can describe the Seahawks-49ers game last night: One hell of a game.
In what ended as an overtime thriller, many may have witnessed the revival of a once storied rivalry between two West Coast power houses.
Both teams were in positions to win, lose, and ultimately fought and clawed their way into one of the best games of the NFL season.
With that being said however, I really do believe the better team lost. The 49ers had every chance to win this game, and couldn’t pull it out. Costly turnovers, fumbles, and the inability to move the ball cost this team a win. At a final score of 27-24, you just knew that this game was going to come down to the final second.
Let’s break it down a little…
Jimmy Garoppolo: 24/46, 248 yards, 1 TD 1 INT 2 fumbles lost
Not the most intimidating line, but this doesn’t tell the whole story. Costly drops and missed throws led Garoppolo to have arguably his worst start as a 49er. Resultantly, not all the blame is on him, though there were times when he simply put the team in potentially bad situations. With guys like Jadeveon Clowney, Jarran Reed, and Poona Ford eating up the 49ers’ offensive line as the Seahawks’ pass rush finally showed up, Garoppolo put the ball in harms way on a few occasions.
On the flip side, nine drops on the day from his pass catchers, on top of terrible offensive line play really limited what Garoppolo could do. Furthermore, once Emmanuel Sanders left the game with a rib injury, everything went downhill.
Although Deebo Samuel had a very solid game (8 catches, 112 yards) it ultimately wasn’t enough. The two could not combine on what was arguably the biggest miss of the game however, when Garoppolo under threw a potentially game-sealing throw to Samuel on a vertical route. If the catch was completed, we would likely be looking at a different outcome.
Nonetheless however, the pass catchers let the team down, and JG could’ve only done so much with what the situation was like around him.
I expect a much more solid performance going into the Arizona game, albeit at the hands of Kyle Shanahan coaching this team up effectively.
As for the defense, well there isn’t much to say.
The 49ers defense is exactly what everyone thought of it midway through the season: Super Bowl caliber. Holding Russell Wilson to 232 passing yards, while also forcing an interception, was key to giving the offense every chance to win. Two of the standouts were Fred Warner and K’waun Williams.
- Fred Warner: 10 total tackles, 9 solo, 2 sacks, 3 TFLs, and a pass breakup. Holy cow I was going to run out of breath reading this! Warner is by far the team’s defensive MVP. He is playing at a Pro Bowl level, and his ability to diagnose and attack is arguably the most underrated aspect of his game. He continues to be a force, and is looking at what is already a huge improvement from year one to year two.
- K’Waun Williams: 9 total tackles, 6 solo, 1.5 TFLs, 0.5 sacks, one forced fumble. Williams deserves more love for his performance last night. Flying off the edge, the guy was pressuring Wilson every chance he got. Aside from this, his ability to tackle 1 on 1 is a key trait for a guy who is only 5’9”. He continues to be one of the best slot corners in the game, and it showed last night.
Despite Williams and Warner standing out, the whole defense came to play. Numerous 49ers got in Wilson’s face, recording five sacks (Armstead, Buckner, Williams, DJ Jones, Warner) and the pressure from the rest of the DL was constant.
The secondary was phenomenal also. Emmanuel Moseley had his best career day matching up against DK Metcalf. Finishing with a 74.8 coverage grade via PFF, Moseley looked like he was in control most of the night against whoever he shadowed.
All in all, the defense is the glue that holds this team together. Many times throughout the game, the hope felt like it was dwindling for the 49ers as the game churned on. Mighty turnovers and even a defensive touchdown (Buckner) kept hope alive for the team.
Even after this loss, fans should be saying that you can never count out this 49ers team. Good teams lose games. It happens. Playoff teams lose games. Super Bowl winners lose games. This is a mere bump in the road for these guys, adversity to force them to elevate to new heights. After losing such a game, the team will be primed to take on further adversity and face any challenge going forward.
Next on the ledger: a rematch against the Arizona Cardinals.