Quarterbacks often get too much credit for wins and too much blame for losses in the NFL. For the Seattle Seahawks’ Week 7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, rookie Russell Wilson should not have to deal with the latter.
It’s difficult to project how games would have changed if one play that took place early in the game turned out differently. Nevertheless, the odds are overwhelmingly in favor of the Seahawks scoring more than six total points if rookie running back Robert Turbin caught a deep ball up the right sideline.
He dropped it, and Seattle finished with six points on Thursday night. It probably would have had seven in the first quarter if that play developed as planned.
Wilson finished with just nine completions on 23 attempts in Candlestick Park. Those attempts were translated into 122 yards, no touchdowns and an interception; numbers that would have been more favorable had his receivers actually received the football.
Turbin wasn’t the only one to drop a ball from the rookie passer. Golden Tate did it too—and ended the game without a catch on three targets.
Braylon Edwards was the target on Wilson’s interception by Dashon Goldson. There were three 49ers in the area—so perhaps, going elsewhere with the ball would have been advised—but Wilson was under too much duress to continue to make reads.
He got hit while he was throwing the ball on that play.
The Seahawks run defense didn’t do the young quarterback any favors either. It allowed Frank Gore to reach a season-high 182 total yards (131 rushing) on just 21 touches (16 carries). Gore led the 49ers in receptions, receiving yards and tied for the lead in targets.
Kendall Hunter added 45 total yards.
Seattle’s offensive running game was also successful. Marshawn Lynch took 19 carries for 103 yards against a tough run defense on the other side of the ball.
Yet, the offensive line couldn’t keep its quarterback comfortable in the clutch.