Did 49ers intentionally play vanilla vs. Seattle?

The great Matt Barrows just came out with a fascinating article, and I’ll link to it here.

His worthy thesis is that the 49ers kept it vanilla on Sunday against Seattle because they could, and since they didn’t reveal much, they have an unusual advantage for game 2 this Sunday against Dallas.

I tend to look at it differently, and here’s why.

I don’t think the Niners have more cards hidden right now. I think they showed what they have on Sunday. There was no reason to hold back against Seattle, to go vanilla, as they say. The Niners were only leading by two points with four minutes left. Were they risking a loss to Seattle to set themselves up for next week against Dallas? I can’t see that.

As they say, they play them one at a time.

What do you think? Did the Niners hold back against Seattle?

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