The continued backwards season for the 49’ers continued on Monday night, as they were no match on either side of the ball for the Seattle Seahawks, as they were shutout 24-0 on Monday Night Football in a game that was not even as close as the final score. The 49?ers are in a complete tailspin, as they started the season 2-0 and seemed to be one of those up and coming teams, but now with injuries hampering them and an offense that is downright awful, they have dropped their last seven to sit at 2-7. For the now 5-4 Seahawks, it was their most complete win of the season.
The game showed the new look Seattle offense, and the 9’ers had no match for it. Seattle threw the ball 40 times and opened the game with 11 straight passes to move from their 16 to the 9?ers 6-yard line before they finally attempted a rush with Maurice Morris, who was playing for an injured Shaun Alexander. One play after the rush QB Matt Hasselbeck threw a 1-yard TD to Will Heller for the only score the Hawks would need the entire night.
San Fran’s offense also had no answer for the Seahawks defense, as they held the 49?ers to 173 total yards, and shut the door on third downs, only allowing San Francisco to convert 1-of-12 third downs the entire night. Time of possession also heavily favored the Hawks, as they held the ball for 39:54 to just 20:06 for the 9?ers. The play of 49?ers QB Alex Smith again appears to be going the other way, as against Seattle he was just 12-for-28 for 114 yards. He was sacked three times, and never mounted much of any sort of threat against Seattle.
Hasselbeck threw two scores as the Hawks built a 17-0 halftime lead and then let their defense control the game the rest of the way, and then once the outcome was sealed, they ran the ball for the most part in the second half. Hasselbeck threw for 278 yards total and the Hawks offense put up 380 total yards.
It was an emotional night for 49?ers head coach Mike Nolan, who lost his father, Dick Nolan, on Sunday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and prostate cancer. The emotion did not carry over to his team, as they managed just six first downs and were no match for a Seattle team that they swept last season and were hoping to catch this year and challenge in the NFC West. “I don’t know when we’ll get there, the Hawks are already there,” 49?ers wide out Darrell Jackson said.
The 49?ers will head home and prepare for the 1-8 St.Louis Rams, who won their first game of the season Sunday in New Orleans.
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