By Jack Sitt
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Marshawn Lynch was in beast mode the entire game. The 49ers play the pass an dare the offense to run on their stingy front 7, but that is not going to do the job against Lynch. He is one of the few backs who have had success against the 49ers defense, and he was able to eclipse 100 yards rushing in this game. The Seahawks offensive woes were not at the fault of their running game; their struggles came in the passing game.
Russell Wilson finished with a quarterback rating of 38.7, but the stats don’t tell the whole story. He did not get any help from his receivers. They dropped five passes, and they failed to come up with a few deep passes that were very catchable. Wilson needs to play better, but the blame should not all go on him.
The Hawks shut down the 49ers offense in the first half. They made Alex Smith look like a rookie dancing around in the pocket. Then, in the second half the 49ers adjusted. They moved towards a short passing attack that utilized the check downs. It was similar to the adjustment the Packers made when they played the Seahawks in week 3. This offense is effective against the Hawks defense because of all the cover three that they play.
They additionally adjusted by pounding the football with Frank Gore. He was able to gain 131 yards rushing on just 16 carries. The Hawks were in the right defense to defend the run as they played eight in the box, but the 49ers offensive line is just that good. It looked like the opening of the red sea every time they ran the ball.
In the end, the lack of production from the Hawk’s passing game and the efficiency of the 49ers run game was too much for them to overcome. The 9ers got their identity back in this game after getting blown out to the Giants last week. The return of the ground and pound really served them well. The Seahawks, on the other hand, need to find a spark on offense if they want to consistently play like an elite team.