Just when it appeared the 49ers were about to turn the corner and earn a winning record, an old rival put a stop to the supposed coronation. But in San Francisco’s 30-23 loss to the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday, the road team made winning far too easy on their hosts.
Despite the close score, the 49ers played a game filled with mistakes, including three turnovers. San Francisco had a chance to notch a touchdown on a 4th-and-goal play from the 3-yard line with just 22 seconds remaining, but a pass from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was batted down at the line of scrimmage.
Judging from how the 49ers played before that, however, it may have simply not been their day. Here’s a rundown of the miscues — along with a telling quote from DE Nick Bosa — courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Eric Branch.
The 49ers, who had committed just one turnover while winning their previous three games, were doomed by their sloppiness. They committed three turnovers, had 10 penalties, allowed a 73-yard, fake-punt touchdown run, missed an extra-point try, allowed a safety, had two roughing-the-passer infractions to assist a Seattle second-quarter touchdown drive and had an illegal snap when they were going for it on 4th-and-1 in the third quarter.
“Yeah, we definitely blew it,” pass rusher Nick Bosa said. “We knew it was going to be this type of game whenever we play them. We have to do a much better job of not giving away the the game.”San Francisco Chronicle
Yep, the 49ers blew it, big time. The Seahawks were reeling, coming off a pathetic loss to the Washington Football Team on Monday Night Football. And the 49ers were supposed to be on the way up after a win against the Vikings. All coach Kyle Shanahan and crew can do is try to pick up the pieces next week agains the Bengals in Cincinnati and get back on the winning track.
If they don’t, however, it’s probably time to put rookie quarterback Trey Lance into a leading role. Especially considering the two interceptions thrown by Garoppolo. No matter who plays QB though, the 49ers have to get back to the basics and play mistake-free football.