The 49ers (1-1, 0-1) fell to their NFC West Division rival, 29-3, at a noisy CenturyLink Field and before national audience. Russell Wilson was his solid self, but it was running back Marshawn Lynch and a turnover-creating defense piloted the Seahawks (2-0, 1-0) to victory.
Kaepernick rushed for a team-high 87 yards but threw three interceptions and lost a fumble. It was his first ever multi-pick game.
"Don't think any of us are proud of our performance tonight," Jim Harbaugh said postgame. "They played very well. We didn't play nearly good enough. Facts are sudden things. That's what took place."
San Francisco’s start to the game wasn't so inauspicious. The special teams unit created a stir early in the first quarter.
Dahl’s block was the 49ers first on a punt since Week 4 last season.
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The 49ers wouldn’t turn the unusual opportunity into points. Nine plays into the ensuing drive, Kaepernick was intercepted by safety Earl Thomas at the one-yard line. Kaepernick’s pass to tight end
"We're not going to win games if I play like that," Kaepernick said postgame. "There were a couple of balls I tried to force in there."
Reid left the game on the final series of the first half after a big hit on Seahawks wideout Sidney Rice left Reid motionless at midfield. Concussed, he was taken to the locker room in advance of the halfway mark and replaced in the game by Dahl.
"He couldn't remember the play," Harbaugh said of Reid. "It was assessed as a concussion."
The Reid-authored turnover gave Kaepernick and Co. the ball back at their own 25-yard line but crowd noise again came into play. A false start penalty and a delay of game infraction, which wiped out rookie wide receiver
Harbaugh said Williams was "engaged (in a) zone play when a backside guard cut blocked" him.
"That's legal the way the rules are set up," the coach said.
That’s about when things came to a stop. With just over three minutes remaining in the first quarter, the game was suspended due to the presence of lighting and rain.
Exactly one hour later, at 7:05 p.m. PT, the game resumed.
The defensive struggle continued into the second quarter. With Seahawks stud left tackle Russell Okung out (foot, deemed “questionable” to return) and Steve McQuistan sliding over from his guard spot, 49ers outside linebacker
Seattle then grabbed a 2-0 lead on San Francisco’s ensuing offensive series. Fullback
The Seahawks extended their lead to 5-0 on Steven Hauschka’s 30-yard field goal thanks to more strong defensive play: In his organizational debut, defensive end Cliff Avril stripped an on-the-move Kaepernick midway through the second quarter, and outside linebacker K.J. Wright picked it up inside 49ers territory.
The advantage became 12-0 on the home team’s first drive of the second half. Wilson found wideout Doug Baldwin for a 51-yard pass-and-catch, then running back Marshawn Lynch ran into the end zone from 14 yards out.
Lynch, who entered Sunday with 100-yard performances in three straight matchups with the 49ers defense, fell just short of a fourth consecutive. He rushed 28 times for 98 yards and recorded two fourth-quarter touchdowns, one receiving and one rushing.
The 49ers finally found an offensive rhythm on their first drive of the third quarter. Kaepernick gained 28 yards, weaving his way down the left sideline. On the next play, he found rookie tight end
The highlights led to
"We need to bounce back in a big way," Harbaugh said.
The 49ers host Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts (1-1) in Week 3.