49ers vs. Seahawks: Live Grades and Analysis for San Francisco

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49ers vs. Seahawks: Live Grades and Analysis for San Francisco
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The Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 23-17, in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. After an excellent first half, the 49ers just couldn’t avoid key turnovers in this tightly contested game.

As a result, the Seattle Seahawks will travel to MetLife Stadium to face the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. This will be the second Super Bowl appearance in Seahawks franchise history.

Check below for final grades and analysis.


San Francisco 49ers - 17 

Seattle Seahawks - 23 

San Francisco 49ers Grades
Position Unit First-Half Grade Final Grade
Pass Offense C C-
Run Offense A- B-
Pass Defense C D
Run Defense A+ B
Special Teams B B-
Coaching A B

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Game Analysis for the San Francisco 49ers

Pass Offense: After throwing for just 17 yards in the first half, the passing game opened up a bit for Colin Kaepernick to start the second half. Nevertheless, Kaepernick struggled overall in this game, especially with turnovers.

Run Offense: If not for Kaepernick, this 49ers run offense would have looked absolutely pathetic. The absence of guard Mike Iupati was felt, but the offensive line lacked the push to open lanes for Frank Gore and the 49ers running backs.

Pass Defense: Russell Wilson was 16-of-25 passing for one touchdown and zero interceptions. Carlos Rogers and the 49ers secondary were problematic all night, despite Wilson’s struggles in the first half.

Run Defense: Bottling up Marshawn Lynch was only temporary, as “Beast Mode” was able to get loose in the second half, rushing for 104 yards and a touchdown. Lynch wasn’t the catalyst tonight, but he did enough to secure the victory.

Special Teams: The special teams coverage was solid today with the exception of Doug Baldwin’s 69-yard return. In a game where field position was crucial, Andy Lee had an off game.

Coaching: The officiating in this game marred what was otherwise an excellent game. Overall, play-calling was never an issue in this game.

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First-Half Analysis for the San Francisco 49ers

Pass Offense: Kaepernick finished the half with just 17 passing yards. Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis finished the half with two yards on one catch. Their play should pick up in the second half.

Run Offense: Despite limited production from Frank Gore, the 49ers are having a ton of success with Kaepernick running the football. The 49ers seem ready to let their quarterback loose. Kaepernick leads all rushers with 98 yards on the ground.

Pass Defense: If not for the struggles of Wilson, this 49ers secondary would be feeling the heat. On countless occasions, the seam was wide open in the first half.

Run Defense: Can you play Lynch any better? "Beast Mode" was held to just 33 rushing yards on 12 carries—2.75 yards per carry. That's the direct result of an unbelievable effort by Justin Smith and this 49ers front seven.

Special Teams: Luckily for the 49ers, that muffed punt by LaMichael James was recovered by a fellow teammate. Watch out for punter Andy Lee, as field position in this game will be crucial.

Coaching: Kaepernick was sensational in the first half. You can tell Jim Harbaugh was giving him the freedom to improvise in the pocket.

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