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49ers-Seahawks final score: Close, but no cigar

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The 49ers gave the Seahawks a lot, but it was not enough in the Pacific Northwest.

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The San Francisco 49ers went north to face the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2, and a strong effort was for naught, as the 49ers lost by a final score of 12-9. The 49ers kept the game close to the end, but could not quite overcome Russell Wilson’s lone touchdown drive.

The two teams exchanged field goals into the fourth quarter, with the 49ers actually taking a 9-6 lead early in the final frame. The 49ers defensive front was dominant for much of the game, but spending a ridiculous amount of time on the field wore them down. The 49ers had a lot of bend but don’t break, and while it kept the Seahawks out of the end zone for most of the game, it still tired out the 49ers. And Russell Wilson had just enough magic midway through the fourth quarter to get the go-ahead score on a ridiculous maneuver and throw.

The 49ers laid an egg in the season-opener, but we saw a much improved effort in several areas. On the defensive side of the ball, the pass rush took a huge step forward. The Seahawks offensive line was a big help, but much credit to the 49ers for executing against a bad line. Aaron Lynch got the first sack for the 49ers, and Tank Carradine and Arik Armstead added sacks of their own. Russell Wilson had plays where he had too much time, but overall the 49ers did a good job getting pressure.

The run game showed improvement as well. Carlos Hyde rushed for 102 yards in the first half, and finished with 124 yards. He only had seven carries in the first half, but he was a regular target in the passing game. We saw it in Week 1, and again in Week 2, just with a whole lot more yards on the ground.

The other big improvement on offense was in terms of penalties. The 49ers only had two penalties in the first half, and generally did a good job avoiding those particular kinds of stupid mistakes that cost them in Seattle. It was not a perfect performance in that regard, but it was improved.

However, the offense remains a problem. Hyde had a big first half, but overall the offense struggled again with consistency. Once again, it was a mix of poor offensive line play, some questionable play-calling, some bad drops by pass catchers, and some poor play by Brian Hoyer. The 49ers made too many mistakes in execution when they are simply not good enough to overcome too many mistakes.

Up next - Thursday Night Football vs. Los Angeles Rams

There is no rest for the weary as the 49ers will host the Rams this Thursday on national TV. The Rams blew out the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1, and are in a tight one with Washington in Week 2, tied 20-20 late in the fourth quarter.