It was a one man show in Seattle Sunday night — for the 49ers, at least. Colin Kaepernick single handedly kept the team in the game with his 130 yards of running until the fourth quarter, then he single handedly took the team out of the game with his two interceptions and a fumble. And the season ended on the last interception as the Seahawks beat the 49ers 23 to 17.
Before the game, 49er WR Anquan Boldin said sooner or later in the game, one team would crack. Unfortunately, it was the 49ers, who melted down in the 4th quarter. This is the second straight year that Kaepernick has had the ball in his hands at the end of the game with a chance to win it and failed to do so. And both games ended the same way, with Colin forcing a pass to a well covered Michael Crabtree in the back right corner of the end zone. He flirted with interceptions in all three playoff games and finally got bit. The last three 49er possessions went fumble, int, int.
Still, you’d have to say the better team won. Seattle ran the ball better and passed it better, while the 49ers did well at neither. Vernon Davis and Frank Gore were both stuffed. The 49er defense played a terrific game, but had three critical errors which led to seventeen points. The first mistake, a 51 yard bomb to Doug Baldwin over 49er safeties Donte Whitner and Eric Reid, who had let him drift behind them while watching Russell Wilson run around in his own backfield, gave Seattle its first life in the game. The second was a Marshawn Lynch 40 yard run that tied the game at ten. And the third was the clincher — a 4th and 7 thirty-five yard TD pass to Jermaine Kearse to begin the final quarter.
Total yards in the game: Seattle 308, 49ers 308. Turnovers: Seattle 1, 49ers 3. And all three TO’s happened in the 4th quarter.
On the bright side, the 49ers finally held their own at Qwest Field. It wasn’t enough to win the game, but it didn’t send the team home in embarrassment.
On the dark side, our secondary sucks, our running game sucks, our passing game sucks, and our wide receivers are slow. Some would say our play calling also sucks, but I’m sure we’ll get into that in depth in the coming days and weeks. The team is good enough to bowl over most of the teams in the league, but for the third straight year they have been exposed against the big boy teams in the playoffs — especially the secondary.
And that will be the end of the 2013 season for the San Francisco 49ers. 2013 was a gritty effort by the team, playing most of the year with only one viable WR. But a big offseason lies ahead, with some critical contract issues and a roster makeover on the plate. The team will also be playing their 2014 games in the brand new Santa Clara stadium, where Home Field Advantage has yet to be determined.
For the nonce, however, I believe it’s time to go eat some worms and throw down a week’s worth of expletive deleteds.