The Seattle Seahawks dropped what was expected to be a sure victory against the San Francisco 49ers and there is plenty of blame to go around. The 26-23 loss was blamed by many on social media on a refs who clearly missed a couple of penalties. But the problem wasn’t just a couple of penalties, it was aligned of mistakes in all phases of the game.
There was much consternation in overtime as the Seahawks were flagged for a pass interference on Shaq Griffin that allowed the 49ers into Hawk territory and in position for a game winning FG. The problem is that doesn’t excuse 14 total penalties for 148 yards—a team record. On one drive alone in the 3rd quarter the Seahawks committed 3 personal fouls that allowed San Fran to stay in the game.
”We kept ourselves in the game, but we shot ourselves in the foot a bunch of times,” offensive lineman Duane Brown said. ”We had plenty of opportunity to take it over, but we set ourselves back. We have to find a way to fix it. It’s not going to get any easier.”
Special teams let the Hawks down as a kick return for a touchdown and a missed Sebastian Janikowski extra point put the Hawks in a hole. The 97 yard TD by Richie James Jr was completely baffling as the coverage team looked completely lost in their gap containment.
The Hawk defense which looked dominating against the Vikings last week was shredded on 20-29 passing by 49er QB Nick Mullens. The Hawks did a better job adjusting at halftime, but tight ends Greg Kittle and Garrett Celek had field days against a defense missing Bradley McDougald at the strong safety spot. His injury backup Delano hill and free safety Tedric Thompson looked like they were on different pages of the rule book.
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This was not the sharpest outing by the Seahawk offense either. Similar to the defense, it took them a whole half to remember that they are a running team. Once they decided to focus on the run we say a run game that put them back into contention to win the game. Russell Wilson seemed to regress a bit from recent weeks and much of that was due to an offensive line that could not contain San Fran’s DeForest Buckner who was in the backfield all game long.
The Seahawks are going to have to do a lot better than this if they are to beat the Kansas City Chiefs next week. The Hawks are now in a precarious position where they have to win in one of the last two games just to get in the playoffs. If they lose both of these next two games, we can write off all the good that this season has produced.