The San Francisco 49ers lost 19-3 in what really was a rout against the Seattle Seahawks for Thanksgiving. The scoreboard doesn’t reflect how dominant Seattle was on defense.
Team CEO Jed York tweeted that this performance “wasn’t acceptable” where the 49ers didn’t have 100 passing yards until the final possession. The 49ers offense has been a mess throughout the year and three wins don’t change it.
Colin Kaepernick was able to fall back on his three wins in the last three games, but the offense wasn’t great. It took a miraculous throw to Michael Crabtree on fourth and 10 in order to tie the game against the New Orleans Saints.
The defense needed five interceptions against Eli Manning in order to win 16-10 two weeks ago. This included a goal line stand where there was a turnover on downs.
Even last Sunday against the Washington Redskins, it took a late touchdown drive where they were shut down for most of the game. Kaepernick and the 49ers offense has remained lackluster for majority of the season.
It was no different against the Seahawks, as the 49ers were forced to punt the ball five times in the first half alone. They had one drive in the third quarter, but it was kept alive by Seahawks penalties and it ended with a field goal by Phil Dawson.
Seattle stopped the run and dared Kaepernick to beat their secondary in simple one vs. one matchups. There were times a 49ers receiver was open, but Kaepernick didn’t see them.
Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree, Stevie Johnson and Vernon Davis were nowhere to be seen. The 49ers were solved on all fronts and Kaepernick was sacked four times with some of them resulting in coverage sacks.
The good news for the 49ers is how they’re playing a poor Oakland Raiders team next week, but there still remains a share of questions with the team.
Kaepernick has not made that next step towards being a better quarterback. There have been flashes and times of brilliance in between, but this was a performance of horror on the big stage in front of a national audience.
The 49ers are not dead yet, but the battle becomes more uphill. They have a 1-3 division record and have already lost five games in a tough NFC conference.
Last year, a 10-6 Arizona Cardinals team was short of the postseason. The 49ers defense has carried them throughout the year, but the offense will need to respond to another game where they were below average. In this case, it was a disastrous performance.