SAN FRANCISCO — This is the live blog for the third quarter of the 49ers’ Week 7 Thursday night game against the Seattle Seahawks. I’ll update this frequently with observations and analysis from the press box.
7:06 Seahawks’ slot receiver Doug Baldwin has an ankle injury and will not return.
7:09 Wilson hands off to Lynch the first three plays of the drive. Lynch picks up 20 yards and comes off the field winded. Wilson hands off to Turbin next, who gains two yards, and then to Leon Washington who gains two yards as well. The Seahawks punt.
7:10 But DeMarcus Dobbs lined up over the center on the punt. That’s a five-yard penalty and an automatic first down for the Seahawks. Oy vey. Harbaugh wants to challenge the play but he can’t. First and 10 Seattle at their 49.
7:13 Lynch gains 8 yards up the middle on 2nd and 10 (he’s got to be the best running back in football), and Golden Tate drops a first down pass while running a quick slant in front of Culliver. Seattle punts. 49ers ball at their 14 with 10:49 left in the third quarter. That’s three drops for Seattle’s receivers – two would have been long-gainers.
7:15 49ers’ cut back run defense is terrible. Gap integrity is bad. You would think that they addressed that at halftime.
7:23 Alex Smith just threw a 12-yard TD pass to Delanie Walker. 10-6 Niners. That was a 10-play, 86-yard drive. Gore or Hunter got the ball on 8 of those plays. Alex Smith converted a third and 8 by throwing a short pass to a wide open Michael Crabtree, who ran four yards for the first down. Very good play calling by Greg Roman on that series. 4:29 left in the third quarter.
7:31 As he’s getting hit by a blitzing NaVorro Bowman, Wilson throws a bomb to a triple-covered Braylon Edwards, and Dashon Goldson picks it off at the Niners’ 27 yard line.
7:33 Vernon Davis still has not been targeted for a pass and there is 2:22 left in the third quarter.
7:35 The Seahawks offensive coordinator did not show good patience this last series with his pass play play calling because he is continuing to look for the deep ball and not giving his young QB any underneath outlets where he has a chance to lay off the ball if nobody is open down the field. That INT should have been thrown out of bounds instead of up for grabs into 2 DBs.
Those decisions are how you lose a close game.