SFI's LIVE Game Blog: 49ers vs. Seahawks

It's now-or-never time for the 49ers as they attempt to stay in the NFC West picture with a Monday night rematch with division-leading Seattle, and SFI will keep you up to date on the action with live reports and commentary from Qwest Field in Seattle. Make sure to refresh this page every 15 minutes for running updates throughout the game.

5:36 p.m. The 49ers win the coin toss, so it will be Alex Smith and Co. on the field first, back at the place of one of that outfit's greatest accomplishments in last year's 24-14 upset here at Qwest Field, when Smith led San Francisco to 21 fourth-quarter points in what appeared to be a coming-of-age game. Well, the 49ers would like to see some of that maturity from Smith and the offense tonight …

5:41: Alex Smith fakes a handoff to Frank Gore on the game's first play from scrimmage, then turns, rolls right and sets to throw. Darrell Jackson is open downfield! Smith heaves a deep pass down the middle, and Jackson clearly is behind the Seattle secondary. But the ball hangs just a little too long, and although it appears to fall right into Jackson's hands, it is either dropped or is broken up at the last second by cornerback Marcus Trufant. But there's a flag! It looks like interference on Trufant, who was beaten on the play. But no. The officials pick up the flag, giving the lame explanation that there is no foul because Smith was out of the pocket when he threw. Huh? The 49ers don't need the calls to be going against them tonight. That's not a good sign …

5:43: And that missed opportunity dooms the drive from the start. Gore goes for a short gain on second down, and Smith wildly overthrows Jackson on third down. Oh, no. That is not looking good. Smith has got to get it together and start hitting his open receivers. He wasn't even close on that one …

6:01: Seattle starts at its own 16 after a fine punt by Andy Lee which is followed by great coverage, but the Seahawks proceed to march right down the field with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck passing on nearly every down. Hasselbeck throws on 11 of 13 plays, completing six of them, and the Seahawks convert on third down three times to complete 84-yard touchdown march. Seattle gets some fortuitous breaks on the drive – a third down pass, ruled an incompletion on the field, is overturned after replay although it looks like the right call was made originally, and Parys Haralson is flagged for a questionable roughing-the-passer penalty on Hasselbeck after he throws incomplete on third-and-7 from the 13. Sheez! The drive would have been stopped right there and the Seahawks would have had to settle for a field goal. But no. The drive continues, and on third-and-goal from the 1, backup tight end Will Heller slips behind Brandon Moore in the end zone – we all know Moore's strength isn't pass coverage – and Hasselbeck finds him with a quick pass for the touchdown. There were so many opportunities to stop Seattle on that march, and the 49ers couldn't do it when it counted. And the Seahawks go right down the field for a touchdown on their opening drive …
Seahawks 7, 49ers 0

6:06: This is going south in a hurry. On San Francisco's next possession, defensive end Patrick Kerney blows untouched into the San Francisco backfield on Smith's blind side, then strips him of the ball as sets to throw. Rocky Bernard recovers for the Seahawks, who are now set up at the San Francisco 21 and looking for more points already. Vernon Davis pretty much watched as Kerney went right by him. Can this be any worse? …

6:11: The Seahawks drive down to the 2, but that's where the drive ends and the San Francisco makes a play on third down. Seattle has to settle for a 20-yard gimme field goal by Josh Brown, but the capitalize on the turnover and quickly send their lead to double digits …
Seahawks 10, 49ers 0

6:20: What a comedy of errors! The San Francisco offense doesn't even look professional as, in a bang-bang-bang sequence, tight end Delanie Walker is called for offensive pass interference, Davis is flagged for a false start, and then – get this – tackle Adam Snyder is flagged for another false start before the 49ers can even get a play off. It's first-and-30, so you know how this drive is going to end. Gore bursts up the middle for 16 yards on third-and-17, and the 49ers charge up to the line of scrimmage near midfield, forcing the Seahawks to burn a timeout. But Seattle does, so the 49ers, with the ball at their own 48, opt to punt …

6:24: And there go the Seahawks, driving again on offense as the first quarter comes to an end. A first period that was dominated by the Seahawks in every phase …

6:39: The Seahawks have the ball for what seems like an eternity as they embark on another long, time-consuming drive, with Hasselbeck connecting on passes in key situations to keep the chains moving. The Seahawks get some help on third-and-13 from the San Francisco 29 when cornerback Nate Clements is called for illegal contact after a completion that would have been short of the first down. This is getting ridiculous as the Seahawks are now on the 14th play of the drive, but Haralson breaks through for a sack on third-and-10 and the Seahawks have to settle for a 46-yard field goal by Brown, which knuckles in through the uprights. But wait. Heller is called for a holding penalty on the play, nullifying the field goal and pushing the Seahawks back to the 37 and out of field-goal range. So Seattle ends up getting nothing out of a 14-play drive …

6:44: But Ryan Plackemeier's punt is downed by the Seahawks at the San Francisco 1, so you know what's about to happen. Gore has a nice little inside burst on second down, but the 49ers call a ridiculous end-around to receiver Arnaz Battle on third-and-4, and he is stuffed for a two-yard loss. What a lame play call, and now Lee has to punt from deep in his end zone …

6:50: Not surprisingly, it keeps falling apart for the 49ers, whose defense is getting schooled now by Hasselbeck and Seattle's pass-happy attack. The Seahawks start at their own 48, and on the very first play of the drive, Hasselbeck threads a pass to D.J. Hackett on a crossing pattern. Walt Harris is there in coverage, but he gambles by going for the ball as it arrives. Harris waves at it instead, and it goes over his fingertips and into the hands of Hackett, who is off to the races. Hackett rambles 46 yards down the right side in open field before he's finally pushed out of bounds at the 6. The Seahawks get into the end zone again two plays later on Maurice Morris' 6-yard scoring run. So that's a three-play, 52-yard scoring strike for those keeping track. This is bad, folks, really bad. The rout is on …
Seahawks 17, 49ers 0

7:02: It's another quick three-and-out for the San Francisco offense, but this time the defense holds and the 49ers get one more opportunity after the Seahawks punt after the two-minute warning. And it turns out to be a great opportunity as the punt lands on Seattle's Niko Koutouvides, who's flagged 15 yards for fair-catch interference. So the 49ers start on the Seattle 31. It's great field position, and the Niners have to punch this one into the end zone to at least get within shouting distance …

7:05: Great opportunity? Ha!! On the very first play after the punt, Smith drops to pass and the protection scheme breaks down once again. Cornerback Jordan Babineaux comes blazing in from the right side untouched, and he blasts into Smith, who never sees him. It's another fumble, and another Seattle recovery. Can you believe it?!! Well, yeah, you should, because you're seeing it over and over again. The 49ers need only one play to flub their best opportunity of the night. Have we said this is bad, really bad, yet? …

7:12: And there go the Seahawks again, starting at their own 39 with 1:13 to play. Working the no-huddle with no timeouts, Hasselbeck suddenly has the Seahawks in scoring range again. This is truly unbelievable. Seattle takes it down to the 36 and spikes the ball with 12 seconds remaining. AND THE 49ERS EVEN SCREW THAT UP! They're called for 12 men on the field, moving the ball five yards closer, and Brown comes in and drills a 49-yard field goal with room to spare. But wait. A tiny break for the 49ers, as center Chris Spencer is called for a false start, nullifying the three points. On the re-kick, this time from 54 yards, Brown pushes it wide left. So, it's no points for the Seahawks after all. Like they need more anyway …

7:14: With seven seconds remaining, there's time for one more play, and Smith rolls right and heaves a Hail Mary down the right side. The ball comes down in the hands of Battle on the sidelines, and he makes the grab with three Seattle defenders around him. It's a 45-yard gain, but time runs out in the half on the play, so the 49ers don't get a chance to attempt a field goal and get the goose egg off their side of the scoreboard. And, believe it or not, that's San Francisco's first – and only – first down of the game. That pretty much says it all about how horrid this team was in a thoroughly forgettable first half. Folks, that's about as bad a half of football as I've ever seen. Just when you think the 49ers have hit rock bottom, they manage to sink a little lower …

7:21: The 49ers have just 76 yards of offense in the first half. It would have been just 31 yards if not for that last pass. Seattle, meanwhile, has rolled up 247 yards of offense in the first two quarters. The Seahawks have an embarrassing 17-1 edge in first downs, and Hasselbeck has picked apart the San Francisco defense to the tune of 18 of 27 passing for 200 yards. What a fiasco this is turning out to be for the 49ers, and there's still a half of football to play …

7:24: Well, now. There's some life from the 49ers. They come out and Joe Nedney executes another great onside kick with the second-half kickoff. The ball bounces off Seattle's C.J. Wallace, and for a moment it is there to be had on the turf. But Wallace gets on top of it before any 49er can, and though the Seahawks looked fooled on the play, the will start the second half with a first down at the 50-yard line …

7:26: Hey, how do you like that? The 49ers make a play. After Seattle rolls quickly to a first down at the 35, Morris sweeps right and is bottled on the edge, where Haralson punches the ball out of his hands and safety Michael Lewis recovers. Hey, hey, hey. The 49ers take the ball away from the Seahawks to begin the second half after all …

7:33: But, alas, they can't do anything with it – yet again – even though Gore churns for a first down on two carries to begin the drive. But on third-and-4 from the Seattle 45, Smith rushes a pass and overthrows Jackson, who was breaking free on the left side. So much for that opportunity …

7:36: But look at this!! On Seattle's next play, Hasselbeck drops back from his own 21 and Nate Clements picks off his pass down the left side. Clements weaves across the field for a 12-yard return to the Seattle 23, where the 49ers finally appear to be in business. We'll see about that …

7:39: Gore breaks off a 12-yard gain on first down. That was the best-looking running play of the night for the 49ers. But instead of going right back to Gore, it's a hurried incompletion by Smith on the next play. Why, why, why? Gore gets just two yards on second down, but on third-and-8, Smith rolls right and hits Battle right along the sidelines at the 2. It's a yard short of the first down, so the 49ers have a decision to make. They should go for it. Mike Nolan burns a timeout to think it over, but that turns out to be the decision he makes. This is the biggest play of the night for the 49ers …

7:41: And, of course, they blow it. Everybody knows where the football is going as Gore gets the handoff and heads right up the middle behind fullback Moran Norris. But instead of blasting a hole in Seattle's front wall, Norris gets stood up by linebacker Kevin Bentley at the point of attack, and Gore is stuffed well short of the first down. That's a killer, and the Seahawks take over with the 49ers having a big, fat nothing to show for the change in momentum, not to mention two turnovers on consecutive plays be the Seattle offense. More bad, folks, more bad. A good team would have taken advantage of at least one of those turnovers, which tells you once again what the 49ers are …

7:52: Backed up near their own goal line, the Seahawks do nothing with their next possession, and the 49ers have good field position again, starting their next drive at the Seattle 41. There goes Gore up the middle for 11 yards on first down. Now it's third-and-3 and another Smith incompletion. It's fourth-and-3 from the Seattle 23, time to get some sure points on the board. But wait. It looks like the 49ers are going to go for it. Huh? This isn't the 2-yard line. KICK THE FRICKIN FIELD GOAL. But no. Smith rolls right and fires, but Battle can't hold onto his low throw along the right sideline in what should have been a catch. Ball back to Seattle. What's up with that call? The goose egg remains on the scoreboard, and it's still a three-possession game. That one's on the coaching staff. Why would anyone think the 49ers could make that first down? Sheez …

8:04: Well, that was San Francisco's one glimmer of hope, and now it's completely distinguished. Starting at their own 23 after the possession change, the Seahawks skate right down the field again against a beleaguered 49ers defense. It's a 12-play, 77-yard drive that eats the final six minutes of the third quarter, with the Seahawks making a big third-and-6 conversion near midfield to keep the chains moving. On second-and-5 from the San Francisco 10 to begin the fourth quarter, Hasselbeck threads the needle to Hackett in the end zone, zipping his spiral just over the outstretched fingertips of Jeff Ulbrich and over the hands of leaping safety Mark Roman, who looked like he was going to make a play on the ball. Of course, he didn't, and it's another scoring pass for the Seahawks as this pathetic performance by the 49ers just continues. And there's a full quarter left to play …
Seahawks 24, 49ers 0

8:21: What is there really left to say? The 49ers do their feeble three-and-out on offense and the Seahawks, who are just counting down to victory by now, burn some clock and gain some first downs before giving the ball to San Francisco. It's midway through the fourth quarter now, and the 49ers are starting their latest drive at their own 8. Smith looks absolutely horrible as he can't even get the ball to his receivers on short throws. Is the sky falling on the 49ers, or what? …

8:28: Hey, why not burn a timeout on a third-and-long play from inside their 10 with 7:23 remaining in the game? It's the kind of thing the 49ers have been doing all season. Oh, how will they ever solve these problems. It doesn't look like that will happen this year. Hey, at least the play works. Smith threads a nice throw on the run – why can't he just do that every now and then with some consistency? – and Battle makes a nice leaping grab and gets his toes down in bounds. It's an 18-yard gain to get the 49ers out of a hole, San Francisco's longest completion of the night and also their first third-down conversion of the evening …

8:30: But that's it for the good news as the drive stalls right then and there. Lee punts it back to the Seahawks with six minutes remaining, and the 49ers are nowhere close to scoring. This is looking every bit like a shutout as the seconds tick away …

8:38: The Seahawks are running straight dive plays now, but they still manage to churn out a first down before punting the ball to the 49ers, who get another try with 2:49 to play from their own 20-yard line …

8:40: And how do you like that? On second-and-10 with 2:19 to play, the 49ers get tagged with a delay of game penalty. This is so bad, and you've heard that one before …

8:43: Oh, man. Smith way overthrows his intended target on third down, then on fourth-and-15 is nowhere near Bryan Gilmore deep down the field, overthrowing him by about 10 yards. This guy's a NFL quarterback? We thought so once, but now we're not so sure. The ball goes back to Seattle at the two-minute warning, and the shutout is secure …

8:45: Signifying the wipeout that was, the Seahawks begin with the kneel-downs, even though there's a full two minutes still on the clock. But the 49ers can't stop the clock – not that they'd want to, of course – because they're out of timeouts. Don't laugh. Only because, by now, it hurts to laugh …

8:47: And that's how it ends as the 49ers lay a big, fat egg on national television, getting shut out in a prime-time night game for just the first time since 1977 and just the second time ever. That's how bad it was, and that's how bad it is. That was, in a word, horrendous. It's seven losses and counting, and the 49ers are getting farther away from victory instead of closer to it …
Final score: Seahawks 24, 49ers 0

Make sure to check back with sfillustrated.com later this evening for full post-game coverage, analysis and comments from the San Francisco locker room, and then check back throughout the week for daily coverage of the team and NFL as the 49ers attempt to sort things out and get a victory in what may be their best chance to do so the remainder of the season at home on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.


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