I really don't remember what happened on Sunday night. Just three hours of violent hits, loud noise and epic disappointment. I spent most of my time afterward trying to forget everything I just saw. It was sort of how I felt after watching the last Superman movie.
Of all the images that had 49ers fans screaming expletives at their TV screens—Frank Gore routinely getting gobbled up by defenders at the line of scrimmage, Pete Carroll dancing so precariously at the end of a touchdown run that his Hello Kitty wallet almost fell out of his pocket, Kaepernick being intercepted on a pass so terrible that Vernon Davis had flashes of Troy Smith—it was the sight of 49er after 49er limping off the field that stung the most.
This was a hockey game played by two fierce rivals that despise one other, and while it may have been the Seattle Seahawks who were grabbing, holding and throwing blocks at the knees of their opponents, it was the 49ers who were frequently in the penalty box, being whistled constantly for personal fouls and getting burned on the resulting power play.
To put it mildly, it was a big change from last week when San Francisco prevailed in an epic shootout against the Green Bay Packers. Kaepernick and Boldin could have been compared to Montana and Rice. On Sunday night they were more Tim Rattay to, well, anybody.
Bay area fans shouldn't panic at what they saw in Seattle (no one wins in the land of algae-colored jerseys and marine fowl right?). If history has taught us anything, it's best to make your biggest mistakes early in life and learn from them going forward. Erickson. Nolan. Singletary. We all learned a lot from them (though if the Yorks had given up trying to run the team sooner, Niner fans might have saved themselves 10 years of suck).
So, what have we learned about this 49er team in the last two games?
Let's break it down.