SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 12: Wide receiver Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers pulls in a 41 yard pass while covered by Brandon Browner #39 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field December 24, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jay Drowns/Getty Images)
NOTE: SITE DECORUM IS ON! I'm still not quite sure what happened with that game, but I'm told that the San Francisco 49ers did indeed win the football game, so I'll just run with that. A strong second half and an inability to put games away when they should made it come down to the wire, but in the end, San Francisco got it done with a thrilling 19-17 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
One of the biggest things, to me, is Larry Grant. He strung together three very strong games with Patrick Willis being hurt, and then proceeded to miss some tackles today. He missed a couple tackles that went for big gains, and led to Marshawn Lynch breaking the 49ers' streak of not allowing a 100-yard rusher. But in the end, Grant forced a big time fumble on Tarvaris Jackson and that ultimately led to the 49ers winning. He's a backup who stepped it up big time.
Of certain significance are the injuries to Delanie Walker and Kyle Williams. Both hits were extremely questionable (the guy who kicked Walker in the head was running awfully weird), though the latter was just downright uncalled for. The NFL has been very clear about players who surrender, and you cannot punish a player on the ground. It's just that simple. At the time of writing this, there's nothing new on either, but both concussions and jaw injuries could be in play for both players.
Either way, treat this as another postgame thread, and make the jump for some bullet point observations.
Dashon Goldson sort of watched Doug Baldwin score that first touchdown. Sure, the whole team has to be blamed for being so unprepared on that first drive, but that was unforgivable by Goldson. I'm not sure at this point if I'm willing to take the bad with the good. He might be gone next season.
Of course Marshawn Lynch was going to get the rushing touchdown.
This game was far, far too chippy. I know some people like a bit of fighting, and I'm sure some like a lot of fighting - I'm firmly in that first group. It's fine to get into it a little bit, but San Francisco didn't act like a team that was up against a rival - they acted like a team that was whining because said rival was out-playing them.
How much of a joke was the official review late in the first half? After almost two minutes, the official make the decision to review the play. A play in which a player goes down under a pile trying to make it to a touchdown at the one-yard line, and the officials take two minutes to even decide they want to send Ron Winter under the hood to review it?
I know Davis had some awesome catches in the second half, but I can't help but feel the 49ers miss tight ends coach Pete Hoener. He coached as an angry-as-hell motivator, and judging by how Davis responded to Mike Singletary, that's the kind of thing he needs, and he's had such a down year this year. Delanie Walker hasn't caught a pass in forever, either.
Regardless of outcome, I'm totally alright with the 49ers not taking a shot in the end zone after the Braylon Edwards penalty. The defense was playing very well and the points were most important.
Garbage penalty on that second Kyle Williams return. Blake Costanzo did not block anyone in the back. Seriously, what the hell? Even worse than that: cornerback Tarell Brown being physically thrown to the ground, and then getting called for pass interference.
Oh, Braylon Edwards, you are terrible.