I slept pretty good last night. I wasn’t haunted by visions of that evil bastard Pete Carroll grinning and gloating all the way back to Seattle. Instead, he and his team flew home feeling dented. Not nearly so dominant as they imagined they were.
After the game, Carroll channeled Mike Singletary by thanking the 49ers for being a good team and helping his own team get better, just as Singletary said to him after a 2010 season opening loss to the Seahawks.
Hahaha. Balderdash, Petey!
Big mouth Seattle CB Richard Sherman said his team expected to blow out the 49ers, but the refs gave them the game.
Hahaha. Balderdash, Dickie!
The game had little bearing on the season and playoff picture — Seattle will win the NFC West and have top seeding and the 49ers will be a wild card — but it had a whole lot to do with team psyche. The 49ers, especially. And QB Colin Kaepernick in particular. After two straight lopsided losses in Seattle, another loss at home would have pointed toward some roster overhauling, rather than tweaking. And put into play whether Kaepernick had what it takes to compete with his Seattle counterpart Russell Wilson.
Neither QB had a dominant game, but in the end, it was Kaepernick who led the 49ers down the field, burning six minutes off the game clock with an eleven play, 76 yard drive that left Seattle with no time to mount a comeback. Frank Gore’s 51 yard run up the middle keyed the drive, but it was Kaepernick’s eight yard run on third and seven from the Seattle 15 that nailed down the win. At that point, Carroll should have told his team to let the 49ers score and give his own QB nearly two minutes to forge his own game winning drive. Carroll failed to do so and the 49ers burned the clock down to 26 seconds before kicking the game winning chip shot field goal.
In Michael Crabtree’s second game back from his offseason injury, the 49ers accomplished what they had struggled all year to do — beat a team with a winning record. In this case, beat a team considered by most to be the best in the league. Sherman, the loud mouth in denial, insisted Crabtree’s return made no difference in the game at all. Horse feathers! In the earlier game in Seattle, Anquan Boldin had 1 catch for 7 yards. Relieved of double coverage, thanks to Crabtree’s presence, Boldin had 6 catches for 93 yards in this game.
Not to mention what Crabtree’s return has done for Kaepernick’s confidence. He has looked like last year’s QB the past two games, instead of the confused and frantic fellow we’ve seen most of this year. One guy who hasn’t stepped up is WR Mario Manningham. Going up against what amounts to Seattle’s fifth best CB, he was targeted four times and made zero catches. He should have feasted on this arrangement. Maybe it’s time to activate rookie WR Quinton Patton. It’s hard to do worse than zero.
Of course, none of this would matter if it weren’t for another routinely outstanding performance by the 49er defense. These lads held the Seahawks to a paltry 63 yards total in the second half. That is some championship caliber defense.