49ers-Seahawks: In-game musings

Tough to say 45
minutes into a season, but the Niners appeared to fall apart after Seattle took the lead late
in the second quarter. The Seahawks scored 28 points in the next six minutes,
56 seconds to apparently put the game away.




HALFTIME

Looks like this will
be a place to vent.


The storyline after
two quarters is obvious.


The Niners could have
- should have - buried the Seahawks early, but scored six points on three
drives inside the Seattle 10-yard line.


After 24 minutes, the
Niners had nine first downs (Seattle 0), had 139 total yards (Seattle 12) and
had held the ball for 20:04 (Seattle 3:39). Those stats weren't reflected on
the scoreboard: 49ers 6, Seattle 0.


The Seahawks got
their initial first down with 5:10 left in the second quarter, entered 49ers
territory for the first time 45 seconds later and, remarkably, had a 7-6 lead
with 2:26 left after QB Matt Hasselbeck scrambled for a 1-yard score around
left end.


Perhaps shellshocked -
we're losing? - the Niners next drive featured a holding penalty on first down
by WR Josh Morgan. Two plays later, WR Michael Crabtree had a perfectly placed
third-down pass bounce off his hands, resulting in an interception.


One play later,
Hasselbeck found Deon Butler for a 13-yard score.


Seahawks 14, 49ers 6.


Stunning.

PRE-KICKOFF
Niners walk (march?) in together in rows with arms interlocked. Captains in front.

For starters, today's inactives ...
49ers: QB Troy Smith, WR Kyle Williams (toe), CB Tramaine Brock, CB Will James (ankle), LB Ahmad Brooks (lacerated kidney), OT Barry Sims, C Eric Heitmann (leg), OT Alex Boone.
Seahawks: CB Nate Ness, CB Kennard Cox, G Evan Dietrich-Smith, G/T Chester Pitts, OT Russell Okung, WR Golden Tate, TE Anthony McCoy, DE E.J. Wilson.

• Troy Smith will serve as the No. 3 (emergency) QB.
• Seattle rookie WR Golden Tate, a second-round draft pick from Notre Dame, is a healthy scratch.

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