This is the live blog for the 49ers 2022 home opener against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium. I will provide updates and analysis from the press box throughout the game.
11:18 There is a steady wind coming out of the south, but no rain.
11:32 The 49ers did not elevate any practice squad players this week. Looks like Danny Gray is in line to make his regular season debut.
Also, looks like the running backs will be Jeff Wilson Jr., Ty Davis-Price and Jordan Mason. Oh, and Deebo Samuel.
11:37 Inactive for the 49ers today: George Kittle, Daniel Brunskill, Brock Purdy, Kemoko Turay and Nick Zakelj.
This will be the 16th game missed by George Kittle in his career. The 49ers are 6-9 in the previous 15.
11:44 The rain has arrived.
11:48 Inactive for the Seahawks today: CB Artie Burns, CB Justin Coleman, FS Joey Blount, OT Jake Curham, WR Dereke Young, DT Myles Adams
12:42 The 49ers just finished warmups and the sun is out. Going to be a weird weather day with wind being constant.
1:03 Seattle wins the toss and defers. San Francisco will be on offense to start the game.
1:12 49ers with a good drive but have to settle for a short Robbie Gould field goal.
San Francisco was in 21 personnel, two running backs with one tight end, for the first seven plays. Once they got into the redzone Kyle Shanahan switched it up and ran all three plays out of 11 personnel (one running back with one tight end).
Should have stuck with what was working.
49ers 3 Seahawks 0
1:20 Nice start for the 49ers defense. Seattle showing several personnel packages, and after getting a first down San Francisco holds.
Talanoa Hufanga with 3 tackles on the first six plays and Emmanuel Moseley with tight coverage on third and five to end the possession.
49ers take over at their own 11.
1:27 Deebo Samuel is the explosive element of the 49ers run game. 51 yards.
1:28 Trey Lance with the keeper on the zone read. He’s hit hard and is down.
Looked like they were working on Lance’s right leg while he was down. It was in an air cast as they took him off the field.
1:32 Jimmy Garoppolo comes in and throws complete to Brandon Aiyuk, but it is short of the first down.
49ers 6 Seahawks 0
1:35 The air has been let out of Levi’s Stadium.
It was an ankle injury for Trey Lance.
1:39 First quarter comes to a close. 49ers 6 Seahawks 0
Kyle Shanahan has proven that using your quarterback as a running back in the NFL is not a good idea.
1:43 After giving up a first down, the 49ers defense drops Seattle for losses of one on consecutive plays. Dre Greenlaw follows that up by dropping rookie Kenneth Walker after a completion to the right, and the 49ers get the ball back.
1:49 That was quick. Garoppolo completes all three attempts on his first possession, finishing it off with a 38-yard strike to Ross Dwelley for a touchdown.
It was a four play, 78-yard drive which included a 14-yard pass interference against Seattle on the first play.
49ers 13 Seahawks 0
1:54 Talanoa Hufanga is a PLAY MAKER. He jumps under a pass across the middle of the field, the ball bounces off and into the hands of Tashaun Gipson for an interception. Terrific play. It will be 49ers ball at midfield.
2:01 Garoppolo with an underthrow of Brandon Aiyuk down the left sideline, but the receiver had the ball hit him in the hands before falling incomplete. He then goes deep to Danny Gray on 4th and 8, but its incomplete.
2:06 Talanoa Hufanga with a pair of big plays to start off the Seahawks possession. He drops the running back for a loss of two and then breaks up a pass over the middle.
2:07 Emmanuel Moseley gets called for pass interference to wipe away an interception by Fred Warner. What a bad call.
Now the Seahawks starting left guard Damien Lewis is down.
2:11 After a bad no-call led to a long completion for Seattle, running back Kenneth Walker throws an interception to Charvarius Ward in the endzone to thwart the Seahawks drive.
49ers ball on their own 7.
2:15 Garoppolo’s throw to Deebo Samuel on third and six is a little high. The wide back is able to bring it down, but the inaccurate throw keeps him from picking up the first down.
The 49ers have run 25 offensive plays in this half, fifteen have come out of 21 personnel.
2:18 Huge special teams play for San Francisco. Seattle muffs the punt and Ross Dwelley recovers to give the 49ers the ball at the Seahawks 22.
2:22 Garoppolo to Deebo Samuel for a screen to gain seven, then hits Jeff Wilson Jr. to get the ball down to the one. From there, Kyle Juszczyk plows up the middle for the touchdown.
That’s the type of player who should be running the ball between the tackles.
49ers 20 Seahawks 0
2:24 The 49ers special team units have been very good today. The kickoff coverage dropping DeeJay Dallay as the Seahawks 16.
2:29 First half comes to a close with the 49ers up 20-0.
2:47 Nick Bosa opens the second half with a sack. The 49ers defense forces a quick three and out. Offense will take over on their own 30.
2:58 The 49ers drive it all the way down to the two. Robbie Gould’s 20-yard field goal is blocked, and Michael Jackson takes it back the other way 86 yards for a Seahawks touchdown. That was not a thriller for the 49ers fans in attendance.
It was Ross Dwelley who gave up the blocked field goal.
The first two plays on the drive were throws from Jimmy Garoppolo. Kyle Shanahan called one pass on the next nine plays, resulting in a scramble by Garoppolo.
49ers 20 Seahawks 7
3:05 The rain is coming down and Jimmy Garoppolo does not appear to be able to get a good grip on the ball. He’s had a couple of passes just flutter. Caught a break on the last when Seattle was called for illegal contact to extend the possession.
3:14 Samuel Womack drops Geno Smith just short of the line to gain and the third quarter comes to a close. Will Seattle go for this on their own 22? Their offense has been pretty nonexistent to this point.
Seattle has picked up only nine first downs in this game. They’ll punt it here.
3:23 The 49ers offense has come to a screeching halt the last couple of possessions. On third and eight, Garoppolo throws incomplete to Brandon Aiyuk. The quarterback had Ross Dwelley open over the middle to pick up the first down and missed him.
3:29 There goes Drake Jackson. The rookie defensive end forces Geno Smith to step up and he teams up with Nick Bosa to record the sack and end the Seattle possession.
3:40 The 49ers offense is taking the air out of the ball. 3:59 left to play in the game and they are down to the Seattle 20.
3:41 Good job by Jake Brendel to catch the Seattle defender offside. Garoppolo with a good play as well of understanding the situation and taking the deep shot to Brandon Aiyuk resulting in pass interference in the endzone.
Going to head down to the locker room now. Will get an update to you on Trey Lance as soon as one is passed along.