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Execution Woes Hurt 49ers Offense

Posted Sep 15, 2013

The 49ers tried to mix it up against the Seattle Seahawks, but the wrinkles they unveiled did not make an impact.

SEATTLE – The 49ers tried to mix it up against the Seattle Seahawks, but the wrinkles they unveiled did not make an impact.

The 49ers went no-huddle at times to combat Seattle’s raucous home environment, but it didn’t lead to any touchdowns.

Five turnovers and consistent execution errors were the difference in San Francisco’s 29-3 loss to its NFC West rival.

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“Certainly not proud of how we played or coached,” Jim Harbaugh said after San Francisco dropped to 1-1 on the season.

The offense picked up 12 first downs on the night, adding 207 yards of total offense.

In addition, Colin Kaepernick had his first multi-interception game, throwing three passes to Seahawks defenders, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor. Kaepernick was also stripped by Seattle defensive end Cliff Avril. Cornerback Perrish Cox also fumbled a kickoff return in the fourth quarter.

Despite the uncharacteristic performance by the third-year signal caller making his 12th career start, the 49ers were in support of the team’s quarterback following the defeat.

“He’s still our guy,” said wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who finished the game with one reception for seven yards. “He’s still our starting quarterback. Nobody is down on him at all.”

Kaepernick put the blame on himself for San Francisco’s offensive struggles.

“We’re not going to win games if I play like that,” said the 49ers quarterback, who finished the game completing 13-of-28 pass attempts for 127 yards.

Kaepernick posted a 20.1 quarterback rating, his lowest single-game effort. He was also sacked three times.

The 49ers quarterback made his best plays when running lanes presented themselves at times. Kaepernick led the team with his regular season career-high 87 rushing yards on nine carries. This included a 28-yard scamper on San Francisco’s only scoring drive.

The 49ers offense never got into a rhythm on Sunday night. An hour-long weather delay due to a nearby lightning storm didn’t help matters either.

“It’s unfortunate,” Boldin said of the delay that started right before the 49ers began their third offensive series in the first quarter. “Nobody likes to start, stop, and then go back out there.”

Harbaugh said the weather delay had no impact on his team.

Seattle’s pressure up front did most of the disruption.

Frank Gore was bottled up by Seattle’s front seven. San Francisco’s all-time leading rusher finished the night carrying the ball nine times for 16 yards.

Harbaugh will look to address the team’s unproductive running game, but the 49ers coach stressed that the blame goes all around on the offensive side of the ball. The 49ers win and lose as a team.

“Offensively,” Harbaugh began, “none of us are real proud of our performance.”

The 49ers coach was complimentary of the Seahawks, a team that made enough key plays to sustain drives and score points in the red zone.

“Give them a lot of credit,” Harbaugh said. “They played very well tonight.”

Boldin felt like the 49ers mistakes were the biggest keys to the game.

“It was nothing they did, it was us not executing, point-blank,” the 11-year veteran said.

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