49ers-Seahawks: San Francisco Falls Flat Against Seattle in NFC West Showdown

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49ers-Seahawks: San Francisco Falls Flat Against Seattle in NFC West Showdown
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Frank Gore, and the rest of the 49ers struggled all day

The long-awaited opening weekend to the NFL season came and went for fans of the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.

For fans of the 49ers that have recovered from their shock, it is looking like it will be a long season.

The 49ers, riding high on past NFC West supremacy and expectations throughout pundit-ville, were coming to Seattle to start the inauguration of their first playoff season since 2004.

The Seahawks are coming off an offseason that included a coaching change and several question marks at skill positions. Even hardened 'Hawk fans were challenged to come up with reasons to be optimistic about their team this year.

Most observers came up with the logical conclusion that the 49ers were on their way to an opening day victory. By the end of the second quarter, it looked as though the teams switched roles and the Seahawks were the dominating team, poised to bully the rest of the NFC West.

Let's look at some key elements that might tell us what to expect going forward.

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