With the loss, which was Seattle’s first at home to San Francisco since the 2008 season, the Seahawks were officially eliminated from the playoffs.
San Francisco 19, Seattle 17
When: 4:15 PM ET, Saturday, December 24, 2011
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
Head Official: Ron Winter
Here are 5 reasons the Seahawks lost to the 49ers on Sunday.
1. Seattle could not stop the run – In the game the Seahawks could not stop the 49ers’ running attack giving up 178 rushing yards.
Frank Gore rushed for 83 yards and rookie RB Kendall Hunter rushed for 73 yards.
Even though the Seahawks held Gore to an average of 3.6 yards per carry Hunter averaged a legit 6.1 yards per carry and peeled off a 24-yard run in the game.
2. Seattle offense in the 2nd half struggled –In the 2nd half the Seahawks only had a grand total of 72 yards and their only score came after a blocked punt.
3. One HUGE turnover – The Seahawks only had 1 turnover in the game, but it was a big one to say the least.
After the 49ers regained the lead on a 39-yard FG with only 2:57 left in the game Seattle was driving, but 49ers’ LB Larry Grant tackled Tarvaris Jackson from behind and the ball came lose and was recovered by San Francisco on their own 36-yard line.
That turnover iced the game, as all the 49ers had to do was run out the clock by taking a knee.
4. Big 4th quarter pass play – With a little less than 6 minutes left in the game the 49ers were on their own 31 and facing a 2nd and 18 and Alex Smith found Michael Crabtree for a 41-yard reception that put them in field goal range. The 49ers made the FG, which gave them the lead for good.
5. Great kicker breaks record – While the Seahawks held the 49ers to only 1 TD in the game 49ers’ K David Akers kicked 4 field goals to break the NFL‘s single-season record for FG made in a season with 42.
Only one of the kicks was a short one being 29 yards with the others being from 53 yards, 44 yards, and the 39-yard game winner.
Next Up: While the Seahawks were eliminated from the playoffs with the loss to the 49ers they can finish the season at the .500 mark if they can beat the Arizona Cardinals in the desert next Sunday on New Year’s Day.