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

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49ers vs. Seahawks: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Seattle
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In round three of the NFL's most heated rivalry, the Seattle Seahawks topped the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game at CenturyLink Field and punched their tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII.

 

Final

San Francisco - 17

Seattle - 23

 

Seattle Seahawks Game Grades
Position Unit First-Half Grade Final Grade
Pass Offense B- B-
Run Offense F B-
Pass Defense A+ A+
Run Defense D C
Special Teams A A+
Coaching B B+

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Final Analysis for the Seattle Seahawks

Pass Offense: The passing game showed some marginal improvement as the game wore on, featuring smaller chunks of yardage over one splash play. Russell Wilson threw for 103 yards and a touchdown on 8-of-14 passing.

Doug Baldwin was huge all day, picking up 106 yards on six grabs. The offensive line showed some improvement. They still allowed Wilson to be pressured often, but they didn't allow any more sacks.

Run Offense: Marshawn Lynch came to life in the second half, busting free for a 40-yard touchdown run. He finished the game with 109 yards on 22 carries. Wilson was never able to find any running room, scrambling five times for no gain.

Pass Defense: After holding Colin Kaepernick to a measly 17 yards passing in the first half, the San Francisco quarterback finished with 153 yards. However, the Seattle secondary forced two fourth-quarter interceptions to seal the win. Kam Chancellor and Malcolm Smith came up with the picks.

Run Defense: Kaepernick proved to be a serious issue for the Seattle defense, leading the team with 130 yards rushing. After taking Kaepernick out of the equation, the 49ers rushed for just 31 yards.

Special Teams: Baldwin made a major kick return that swayed the momentum back in Seattle's favor after a 49er touchdown. The Seahawks used the good field position to tack on a touchdown of their own. 

Steven Hauschka made three field goals, and Seattle needed all of them. Overall, Seattle's special teams units were solid throughout.

Coaching: Defensively, the front seven found a way to better contain Kaepernick, and the secondary stepped up in a major way en route to a three-turnover fourth quarter. The offense still leaves a bit to be desired, but they did enough to secure the win.

 

First-Half Analysis for the Seattle Seahawks

Pass Offense: Seattle's passing game has struggled to get going. Wilson has done well to find his receivers when they get open, but they haven't gotten open often enough. Wilson is 8-of-11 for 112 yards, 51 of which came on a play when he had 10 seconds to find an ad-libbing Baldwin streaking down the middle of the field. Baldwin has three receptions for 80 yards in the half.

While the offensive line performed well on the 51-yard pass, it has still allowed four sacks in the game. That is an area that Seattle will need to improve upon.

Run Offense: Lynch has struggled to get things going, and San Francisco has been sound in their scheme to keep Wilson from scrambling. So far Lynch has gained 33 yards on 12 carries, and Wilson was able to scramble for three yards late in the second quarter.

The 49ers defense has two tackles for losses. Lynch has done a quality job of not losing yards under the circumstances, but once again, the offensive line needs to step up to allow for more balance.

Pass Defense: While Seattle's receivers have struggled to get open, the 49ers' have been worse. Wilson fumbled the ball on Seattle's first drive, giving the San Francisco offense the ball on the Seahawks' 15. The defense did a great job of holding them to a field goal.

Kaepernick has completed just three passes for 17 yards on five passing attempts. The "Legion of Boom" has performed well so far, with Richard Sherman often lining up across from Vernon Davis.

The defense will need to figure out how to put more pressure on Kaepernick, as they have yet to reach him for a sack.

Run Defense: San Francisco's offensive production has been fueled entirely by the legs of Kaepernick, who has managed to scramble for 98 yards on just eight carries. Frank Gore and Anthony Dixon have found the going to be much tougher, gaining 13 yards and a score on nine totes.

Seattle has failed to properly spy on Kaepernick, and it has cost the team dearly through one half of football.

Special Teams: Jon Ryan is averaging 45.5 yards per punt for no return. San Francisco returner LaMichael James muffed one of the punts, but nothing came of the opportunity to recover.

Hauschka nailed a 32-yard field goal, but otherwise not much has happened on special teams.

Coaching: Defensively, the Seahawks have to figure out how to keep Kapernick contained in the pocket, because they have been outstanding otherwise. On the offensive side of the ball, the Seattle receivers must do a better job of getting open, but putting them in motion should help with that. The running game will open up from there.

 

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