Off the top: Shit.
The 49ers, perhaps rashly, tried to beat Seattle with their B team Monday night, but came up a tad short when the B team kicker missed the game winner in OT.
Playing without their top two offensive players, George Kittle and Emmanuel Sanders, it became the Deebo Samuels coming out party. The rookie WR had eight catches for 118 yards. Kendrick Bourne played well except when he didn’t. Completely missing in action were Dante Pettis and Marquise Goodwin, who didn’t show up on the stat sheet for anything.
Seattle HC Pete Carroll whined after the game, like he usually does, that their offense didn’t look the same in OT without their top WR Tyler Lockett. What he didn’t say was the 49ers played the whole game without their top TWO receivers and the Seahawks were just plain lucky they didn’t lose the game anyway. Carroll could have said God was on his side, but that would have infringed on Russell Wilson‘s God patent, so he wisely refrained.
It was not a good night for Jimmy Garoppolo, who lost two fumbles and threw an interception. He tossed two ints on their final OT drive, but Seattle dropped them both.
The Niners dominated early and had a 10-0 lead when Sanders went out. After that, the offense managed only six points the rest of the game. With Sanders out, Seattle was free to sell out on their pass rush, not having much to fear from the 49ers’ remaining receivers.
The two teams play each other again, in Seattle on the final weekend of the season. That game might be for all the marbles in the NFC West. Or, by then, it could mean nothing at all. What’s clear is the two teams are going to be slugging it out for the foreseeable future, much like they did from 2011 to 2014.