The San Francisco 49ers improved to 10-3 with a 28-16 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 14, sweeping their division foe for the second consecutive year.
It was another performance where the 49ers bounced back from some small bumps in the road to ultimately pull out a double-digit victory, their fifth in a row.
Following the game, 49ers analyst Rohan Chakravarthi shared his instant reaction to the team’s 28-16 win over the Seahawks, pointing out the major takeaways for the team moving forward.
Offensively, it starts with Brock Purdy, who continued to dispel the criticism surrounding his arm strength by connecting with Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, and Brandon Aiyuk on a number of deeper passes, while working the entirety of the field.
Through 14 weeks, it’s clear that Kyle Shanahan has significant trust in Purdy, even with today’s bizarre clock management at the end of the second half.
Purdy has played from ahead for the majority of his career, but faced a tougher start on Sunday, throwing an early interception. However, his response was crucial to the 49ers’ offensive approach, as they were able to quickly turn things around to score 28 points on the day.
But, what continues to amaze is the skill position players and how seamlessly they work together.
Deebo Samuel looks re-invigorated, which has been a welcome complement to Brandon Aiyuk, and George Kittle has special moments where he’s able to showcase his difference-making ability in the receiving game.
Then comes Christian McCaffrey, who had a number of explosives on the ground Sunday, including a 72-yard carry on the first play of the game, which makes things easier in the passing game.
Lastly, I have to give credit to the offensive line. Brock Purdy consistently had time to operate, leading to a number of downfield passes, while the holes in the run game were apparent.
Despite some change again with Spencer Burford out, this group did their job.
Immediately, the area that stood out to me were the cornerbacks.
With Charvarius Ward dealing with a groin injury, Ambry Thomas and Deommodore Lenoir saw time as the feature corners, and I thought they held up pretty darn well.
Yes, Thomas gave up a touchdown to D.K. Metcalf, but that was a case of better offense beating good defense, rather than an issue on the cornerback’s end.
Ji’Ayir Brown had the best game of his young career, recording an interception, as well as six tackles in a solid effort.
On the defensive line, it felt that the 49ers could put pressure on the board, but not get home early on, which allowed for a little flow in the Seattle offense.
However, the 49ers settled down, eventually taking down Drew Lock four times on the day in another effective performance, despite missing Arik Armstead, as well as Javon Hargrave for a period of time.
I have to mention the bizarre coaching decisions at the end of the first half, even if they didn’t really have an impact on the outcome of the game.
It seemed like Kyle Shanahan elected to go conservative offensively after the false start on the 49ers’ last offensive drive, which ultimately led to a punt, pinning Seattle deep near their own endzone.
Then, after the Seahawks committed a penalty placing them at their own five-yard line on 2nd down, the 49ers elected to let the clock run out, despite having three timeouts and a minute remaining on the clock to potentially get something going offensively.
It becomes even more bizarre when considering that the Seahawks were going to get the ball first in the second half down 14-10, meaning the 49ers could’ve added a little distance, had they gotten the ball and scored.
Again, it didn’t hurt the outcome of the game, but the decision-making was intriguing by head coach Kyle Shanahan.