The San Francisco 49ers lost an ugly one to the Seattle Seahawks by a final score of 19-3. The 49ers had a chance to climb into one of the two wild card spots with a win on Thursday, but Colin Kaepernick and the offense seemed to forget the urgency of the situation. The 49ers drop to 7-5 with the loss. I'd say their playoff hopes are on life support, but this team has done nothing to show us they can beat decent teams on a regular basis.
This one was almost entirely on the offense. Kap was inaccurate all night long, he tried to force things that weren't there, and generally had his worst game in a while. The Seahawks kept him contained in the pocket most of the night, and he just could not make the kind of plays the 49ers needed to put more than a single field goal on the board. Kap finished with 107 yards and 2 interceptions on 16 of 29 passing. He was at 90 passing yards heading into the final drive, which would have been a career low. His career low as a starter is 90 yards in last season's 10-9 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
And of course, it had to be Richard Sherman who secured two picks on the day. The first one came on a play where I thought Brandon Lloyd was actually open, but instead of going back shoulder, Kap was wild on the inside shoulder. On the second one, Kap underthrew it and Sherman was there for the easy pick.
The 49ers defense struggled to contain Marshawn Lynch, as he finished the game with 104 yards. And all that success put Russell Wilson in a position to make a lot of easy, high percentage throws. The 49ers got some pressure, but Wilson had one of his better games in recent weeks in terms of escaping the pressure and finding open receivers. Wilson finished the game 15 of 22 (2 of the incompletions came on the final drive) for 236 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for another 35 yards.
The 49ers defense was not awful, making enough big plays to keep this game competitive from their perspective. Unfortunately, the offense did nothing to help, and it was all for naught.
The 49ers will travel to face the Oakland Raiders in ten days, looking to figure something out. I don't know what exactly that will entail because the 49ers offense looks lost. The Raiders are a bad team, so there is always that, but I don't know what the 49ers are going to do to get on track. They are mathematically alive in the playoff chase, but that doesn't matter right now given how ugly this team is looking.