Seahawks vs 49ers: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Seattle

Marlon Maloney@@marlonmaloneyCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks responds to the cheering crowd during the game against the New Orleans Saints at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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For the first time since Week 5, the Seattle Seahawks had no late-game heroics from either side of the ball and lost to the rival San Francisco 49ers. The offense was held to 264 yards of offense and trailed in time of possession by nearly five minutes.

Once again, the team's on again, off again run defense reared it's ugly head and allowed 163 yards rushing, including a 51-yard run by Frank Gore late in the game that set up the game-winning field goal. The loss drops Seattle to 11-2 as they prepare to play the New York Giants next week.



Seattle - 17

San Francisco - 19


Seattle Seahawks Game Grades
Position UnitFirst-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseA-C+
Run OffenseBD+
Pass DefenseB+A
Run DefenseB+C-
Special TeamsC+B-
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Final Analysis for the Seattle Seahawks

Pass Offense: San Francisco seemed to figure out Seattle's passing attack in the second half. After throwing for 144 yards in the first half, Wilson threw for just 55 yards the rest of the way and an interception on a last-gasp deep pass. The offensive line looked much better, holding the 49ers to two sacks throughout the game. 

The improved pass protection didn't seem to help the offense however. Golden Tate tacked on a few more receptions in the half, giving him six for 65 yards. Luke Wilson disappeared, making only a two-yard catch in the half after a big first.

Run Offense: The 49ers defense had the rushing attack figured out as well, holding Lynch to 22 yards rushing in the second half. The Seahawks finished with just 86 yards rushing in the game, averaging 3.7 yards per carry. Russell Wilson had just one carry for two yards in the game.

Pass Defense: Colin Kaepernick was in no way better than Wilson. As well as the Seattle secondary played in the first half, they were even better in the second. Kaepernick was held to 53 yards passing in the half and an interception. Anquan Boldin was consistently dangerous, but he was held to two receptions in the half.

Seattle's pass rush did a great job of putting pressure on Kaepernick, picking up two sacks along the way. Michael Crabtree made a few nice grabs, giving him four catches for 40 yards.

Run Defense: A 51-yard run by Frank Gore ended up being the back-breaking play for the Seahawks after a quality performance for most of the game. Gore finished with 17 carries for 110 yards, and the 49ers had 163 yards rushing in the game. 

The defense made six tackles for a loss in the game, but the long run by Gore, along with several drive-sustaining plays from Kaepernick and Kendall Hunter proved costly.

Special Teams: Golden Tate made a nice 38-yard punt return to setup Seattle's lone score in the half. Steven Hauschka put through a 31-yard field goal, but didn't have much to do otherwise. There were a few costly penalties on the special teams units, but they generally had no effect on things other than field position. 

Coaching: Darrell Bevell had no answers for San Francisco's defense and it showed. The offense was largely ineffective, if not for a two big drives in the second quarter. Defensively, the Seahawks were sound, but the porous run defense resurfaced and ended up costing the team in a close division game.

December 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) shakes hands with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) after the game at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Seahawks 19-17. Mandatory Credit: K
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First-Half Analysis for the Seattle Seahawks

Pass Offense: The offense got off to one of its slow starts that were typical of them early in the season. Russell Wilson got the passing game going in the second quarter, leading the team to two touchdown drives. Wilson has completed 8-of-11 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown.

The offensive line has been shaky, however, already allowing two sacks and frequent pressure on Wilson. Tate has paced the offense with four receptions for 49 yards, but Luke Wilson's big plays lead receivers with 68 yards on two catches and a score.

Run Offense: Marshawn Lynch has done a quality job of keeping the 49ers defense honest, racking up 50 yards rushing and a touchdown on 13 totes. Robert Turbin has a carry for 11 yards. The offensive line has done a solid job of opening up running lanes and has kept the 49ers out of the backfield on run downs.

Pass Defense: The secondary had done a good job of keeping Colin Kaepernick in check during the first half, until San Francisco's final drive of the half. Kaepernick went 5-of-6 for 69 yards and a go-ahead touchdown on the drive.

He finished the half with 122 yards on 9-of-19 passing and a touchdown. The defense will need to maintain its composure after the late collapse, because the strategy was working. However, something will need to be done to slow Anquan Boldin, who has 66 yards on four catches.

Run Defense: San Francisco has attempted to reincorporate more of the read-option into the playbook this week, but Seattle's front seven has been up to the task so far. Kaepernick has 14 yards on three carries. As a team, the 49ers have averaged 3.9 yards per carry with 55 yards on 14 carries, and are lead by Gore's 30.

Special Teams: The punt team allowed a blocked punt from the team's own 34-yard line, but the defense bailed them out by holding San Francisco to a field goal. Otherwise, the returners have posted solid averages and the punt- and kick-coverage teams have been their usual stout selves.

Coaching: Great job by the coaching staff to keep the team poised after falling behind by two field goals. It's important that the coaching staff make some adjustments to stop Boldin and to get the penalties under control.



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