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49ers-Seahawks recap: Breaking down San Francisco’s sacks allowed

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The 49ers allowed two sacks against the Seahwaks, and we take a look at both of them.

San Francisco 49ers v Seattle Seahawks Photo by Otto Greule Jr /Getty Images

Zane Beadles is out as the starting left guard and Laken Tomlinson, through one game, seems to be an improvement for the San Francisco 49ers. Brian Hoyer was sacked twiec against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2, but overall, the line performed well pass blocking and run blocking.

Seattle has a very strong defensive front as well, led by Michael Bennett and the recently-acquired super being, Sheldon Richardson. Hoyer was pressured only a handful of times in the game, and most of those pressures came from the interior of the line.

Both Bennett and Frank Clark managed to bring down Hoyer for official sacks, with Clark also having one in the third quarter that came after the 49ers called a timeout. The 49ers were angry about that play, but going by the broadcast, it’s hard to gauge when the very first whistle is blown, so it’s not really bothering me.

Fooch took a look at that play, with video, right here.

Below, we’re going to take a quick look at the two sacks the 49ers did allow. One came on a crucial third down while the other was on a 2nd and 9, so both pretty bad times to allow one — not that there’s ever a good time, of course.

4:52 of 2nd Quarter, 3rd and 6 from SEA 18: Hoyer sacked at SEA 22 for -4 yards (Michael Bennett)

This play came at the worst time — a third down in Seattle territory. It is eventually Joe Staley who loses his man first, but he really did what he needed to do on play, getting his guy all the way around as far as he could without getting called for holding.

Trent Brown handles his man, Laken Tomlinson has nobody to block, Daniel Kilgore handles his man and Brandon Fusco nearly is beaten but holds Hoyer doesn’t hold the ball for too long, either.

The failure is on the play design. They had four players wide, all running out routes. Two of those routes cut well before the first-down marker. Hoyer has nobody to realistically throw it to, and he goes down. A tough sack I can’t be pin on any of the offensive linemen.

6:02 of 3rd Quarter, 2nd and 9 from SF 7: Hoyer sacked at SF 1 for -6 Yards (Frank Clark)

Well, this play could have gone better. I don’t understand why the 49ers had the line shift right on that play, leaving Trent Brown looking like an idiot on the side. Up top, Staley is soundly beaten by his man, while another goes unblocked between him and Tomlinson.

I don’t know why the 49ers thought the left side of the line would hold up with the look that the Seahawks were giving them. Either an extremely poorly-designed play or a pretty significant miscommunication. Despite Staley getting beaten pretty soundly in the gif above, I have trouble pinning either of the two sacks on the 49ers’ offensive line.