Golden Nuggets: "It wasn't our finest hour."

Jonathan Ferrey

Monday, September 16th, 2013 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from around the Internet.

It was a dismal 49ers showing in week two. The 49ers had more turnovers (5) than points (3), Kaepernick had the worst game of his career, Gore ran for a whopping 16 yards, and a who's who of 49er starters left the game with injuries. Here are the week 2, post game links:

The Beat Writers

The lightning crashed, and so did the 49ers' offense. | Kaepernick struggles as 49ers get pounded by Seahawks (Barrows)

"I don't think he was scrambling for his health. He was getting out of the way," right tackle Anthony Davis said. | Lightning strikes twice, so to speak: 49ers routed for second straight time in Seattle (Inman)

Kaepernick's performance was "nightmarish"; Marshawn Lynch was brilliant. Groan. | Seattle too much for 49ers (Branch)

The bad part for the 49ers is that their offense keeps getting smashed by the Seahawks. And the really bad part is that it's getting worse each time. | 49ers still seek answers for Seahawks (Kawakami)

"It wasn't our finest hour," Harbaugh said. | Seahawks dominate as 49ers injuries pile up (Gin)

The Seahawks’ game plan basically went Marshawn Lynch, Marshawn Lynch, and more Marshawn Lynch. They were daring the 49ers to stop Lynch if they could. The 49ers couldn’t. | Message from Seattle is loud and clear (Cohn)

The 49ers hoped to use a no-huddle approach to counteract the problems they expected to encounter with the crowd noise. As it turned out, the 49ers had no answers for anything they faced Sunday night. | Turnovers, penalties lead to another Seattle blowout loss (Maiocco)

Seattle’s defense converged on Jim Harbaugh’s team like they were the bugs in "Starship Troopers," and the 49ers were the outmatched mere humans. | Seahawks throttle 49ers with timely defense (Farrar/SI)

The Seahawks (2-0) have early control of the NFC West. The NFC West race is far from over, but the Seahawks, who haven’t lost at home since 2011, struck first and loudly. | Rapid Reaction: What it Means (Williamson/ESPN)

BASG notes 49ers penalty problem, after racking up 23 flags for 206 yards in two games. BASG sums it up pretty well with this headline. | 49ers lose game, players and their cool in Seattle (BASG)

Century Link field is the 49ers own private nightmare, a kryptonite location where they become impotent and flustered. | 49ers again flop at Century Link (Killion)

Mark Purdy struggles to find a silver lining: 49ers defense held Seattle to 20 points (the other nine were created by a safety and an interception. | Don't fret, something good can be found in loss (Purdy)

Even the team's own Web site couldn't put lipstick on this pig. | Execution Woes Hurt 49ers Offense (

Injury Woes

The 49ers weren't just battered on the scoreboard. Eric Reid, Ian Williams, Ray McDonald, and Vernon Davis all left the game with injuries. | Loss to Seahawks exacts physical toll (Branch)

Ian Williams' first NFL start Sunday ended quickly with a broken left ankle on the 49ers' second defensive series. | Williams, making first start, sustains broken ankle (Barrows)

Ken Glenn Dorsey stepped in and immediately got a sack. But the 49ers were looking forward to having extra depth on the D-line after that unit wore down late last season. | Report: NT Ian Williams has broken ankle

Dorsey, however, didn't draw double teams like Williams was. | Injury to insult: 49ers injuries are bigger concern (Gin)

Willis and McDonald complained after the game about the low block that broke Williams' ankle. | Willis: Legal block leading to Williams' broken ankle 'uncalled for' (Maiocco)

"Hit like a man, hit me up high," Patrick Willis said. "You don’t see a ram cutting another ram’s legs. They hit head-to-head." | Willis, McDonald crusade for better protection from low blocks (Inman)

Week 2 Grades

Eric Branch deploys the San Francisco Chronicle's famed movie critic Little Man to grade the 49ers performance. | 49ers' grades vs. the Seahawks (Branch)

Grant Cohn, with his customary nuance, dishes out straight Fs. Oddly, he notes in his game writeup that the 49ers defense played well, but gives the unit all Fs in his grades. | 49ers Grades vs. Seahawks (Cohn)

I'd rather have Matt Barrows grade me than Grant Cohn. | 49ers Report Card: Week 2 (Barrows)

Assorted Game Notes

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman slapped Harbaugh on the butt after the game. Harbaugh said butt slap done in "good faith." | Loss to Seahawks exacts physical toll

Here's a video of the Richard Sherman butt pat

Things seemed off to a good start at this point. | Fan whistle confuses Seahawks on blocked punt

Unlike the Super Bowl delay, this lightning delay didn't help the 49ers. | Flashback for 49ers in flash of lightning (Killion)

QB Colin Kaepernick had the worst showing of his career. | This & That, Stats & Facts

The Merc puts together a nice slideshow of images by AP and Getty Images snappers at Sunday's game. | The Day in Photos

There wasn't any excuse-making. The players knew they were outplayed and they owned up to it. | Post game Locker Room Buzz: San Francisco 49ers (Williamson/ESPN)

Midway through the third quarter, during a goal-line stand that stopped the 49ers, the noise reached 136.6 decibels. | Seahawks fans break Guinness mark for loudest stadium (Lindblom/Seattle Times)

The crowd of 68,338 was the largest ever for a Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field, topping by seven spectators the previous mark (from 2007, against the 49ers). | Seahawks fans set attendance record

The 49ers had more turnovers than points for first time since a 21-0 loss to Tampa Bay in November 2010. | Seahawks rout 49ers on Pete Carroll's birthday (

Want to get your blood boiling for the rematch later this season? Read this transcript of Richard Sherman's post-game Q&A with the press. | Sherman: ‘What are the combined scores from the last two games?'

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