SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Colin Kaepernick approached the podium following Thursday night's 20-3 loss with his right hand and thumb wrapped in a protective bandage, which seems symbolic considering the way he's fared against the Seahawks throughout his career.
With the loss, where Kaepernick threw for just 124 yards while taking six sacks, his record against Seattle fell to 1-6. And now the 49ers sit in the NFC West basemen at 2-5, facing a road trip to play the 2-3 Rams in 10 days.
Thursday's game was awfully similar to last year's Thanksgiving fiasco when Seattle won 19-3. Only the 49ers' offense was less effective this time, netting a total of 142 yards after gaining 164 prior to Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson's turkey dinner at midfield.
This time, team CEO Jed York did not take Twitter to apologize to fans.
Kaepernick didn't seem worried about his wrapped hand, noting it was, "just some swelling," and there were no breaks or fractures.
Kaepernick led an offense that converted just one of 11 third downs. It was one of those nights where there was nothing positive to take away from the offense's performance, sans Vernon Davis' four-reception, 61-yard night, which was just the second time he eclipsed 60 yards receiving since the start of last season.
"He got involved. He ran good routes," Kaepernick said. "The defense gave us those opportunities and he made plays for us."
Davis being the team's leading receiver used to be a good thing. But it's not 2013 anymore, and Davis doesn't look at all like the player that scored 13 touchdowns with the ability to take the top off a defense like no other tight end in the league.
Kaepernick's most important receiver, Torrey Smith, had just one target, and didn't make a catch while Sherman shadowed him for the majority of the night.
"(Sherman) was following Torrey, locking him man for man," Kaepernick said. "They still played zone coverages, just putting him over the top of Torrey."
Smith Tweeted after the game, "Unacceptable....that was sorry."
Anquan Boldin, hobbled with a hamstring injury sustained in Sunday's win over the hapless Ravens, made three catches for 39 yards Thursday.
Kaepernick never appeared comfortable, and Seattle's played a significant part in that. For the third-straight game, the 49ers were unsettled at right guard, rotating in Jordan Devey and Andrew Tiller throughout the night. Michael Bennett had 3.5 sacks on his own.
"That was not acceptable," left tackle Joe Staley said. "We have to win our one-on-one match ups. That's what we're here to do, that's what we're paid to do."
After putting forward strong offensive performance against the 28th-ranked defense of New York and 28th-ranked Ravens defense Sunday, Seattle posed a completely different threat to San Francisco's offense.
Kaepernick was sacked three times against Baltimore and twice against the Giants, when he averaged 301 yards per game. Suddenly the Seahawks look like juggernauts again after losing two straight games by blowing leads late to the Bengals and Panthers.
The 49ers' next opponent, St. Louis, owns the league's 10th-ranked defense, that is third in sack rate, getting to quarterbacks on 9.84 percent of drop backs heading into Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.
With five losses in the season's seven weeks, the playoff picture is awfully dim.
"We're going to fight every day to make the playoffs," head coach Jim Tomsula said."As long as there's a chance to make the playoffs, we're going to fight like crazy to get to the playoffs."
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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