SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The 49ers got a dose of reality Thursday night, getting beaten soundly be the Seahawks, 20-3, in a rivalry that appears all but dead.
After strong offensive performances against the 28th-ranked Giants defense and the Ravens' 25th-ranked defense, quarterback Colin Kaepernick never had a chance, taking six sacks and throwing for 124 yards on 13 of 24 completions with no touchdowns. Kaepernick is now 1-6 against the Seahawks for his career.
Seattle jumped out to a 17-0 lead at halftime, out gaining San Francisco 269 to 55, The 49ers' lowest-rated pass defense continued to struggle, blowing coverages with regularity.
The 49ers had nine punts and eight first downs.
For the night, the Seahawks had a 388 to 142 advantage in total yardage. The furthest San Francisco's offense got was to Seattle's 17, which resulted in its only points. It was the home team's only trip to the red zone.
Russell Wilson was efficient, despite throwing two interceptions, throwing for 233 yards, completing 17 of 23 with a touchdown.
Marshawn Lynch did most of his damage on the first drive, before he was seen losing his lunch on the sideline after the first possession. He finished with 122 yards and a touchdown.
Seattle came into Thursday night's tilt losers of two in a row, and we determined not to fall to 2-5 after playing in the last two Super Bowls.
After the 49ers went three-and-out on their first drive, Seattle promptly drove 61 yards on 12 plays, which included nine runs from Lynch, culminating in Lynch’s score from one yard out.
San Francisco stopped Seattle on the 3-yard line on third-and-1, but Seattle went to Lynch for a short gain to pick up the first down. On third-and-goal from the 1, Lynch scored by leaping over left tackle. That was all the road team needed.
The 49ers didn’t get their first first down until :59 remaining in the first quarter to open their third drive with a 13-yard Carlos Hyde run. Their first points came at the end of the third quarter, when Phil Dawson hit a 35-yard field goal.
Hyde, who reportedly has a stress fracture in his foot, ran for 40 yards on 11 carries, exiting the game midway through the fourth quarter in favor of rookie Mike Davis. Reggie Bush saw his most action of the season, getting four carries for 21 yards, adding three catches for 13 yards.
Tight end Vernon Davis led San Francisco with four catches for 61 yards.
Seattle made it a 10-0 game with when Steven Hauschka hit a 49-yard field goal with 9:43 remaining in the first half. At that point, Seattle out gained the 49ers 136-23.
Wilson, inside three minutes in the second quarter, threw a perfect deep ball to rookie receiver Tyler Lockett, who beat cornerback Tramaine Brock for a 43-yard score to make it 17-0.
Just before the half, Wilson found receiver Jermaine Kearse for a 36-yard gain down the right side of the field after the 49ers blew the coverage, getting down to San Francisco’s 30-yard line. But Brock intercepted Wilson moments later to preserve the 17-point deficit heading into halftime.
It was the second time in three weeks Brock intercepted a pass in the end zone just before halftime. He did the same to Eli Manning two weeks ago in the loss to New York.
San Francisco was able to take advantage of the Seahawks porous offensive line, with Ahmad Brooks and Aaron Lynch each registering two sacks, with defensive end Quinton Dial rounding out the defense's five-sack performance.
The 49ers will try to pick up the pieces on the road next week against another NFC West opponent, the St. Louis Rams. They are now in last place, with Seattle improving to 3-4.
Chris Biderman is the Editor-in-Chief of Niners Digest and covers the 49ers from their headquarters in Santa Clara. Chris has been writing about the team since the spring of 2013. The Ohio State alum received his Journalism degree in 2011 and has been working in sports media since 2008. Chris, a Santa Rosa, Calif. native, is also a contributor to the Associated Press covering sports throughout the Bay Area. You can follow Chris on Twitter here.
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