The San Francisco 49ers made their first trip to overtime and were handed their first loss of the 2019 season following a Monday night nail-biter against the Seattle Seahawks. Here’s a recap of the 49ers 27-24 divisional loss.
1. The 49ers received the ball to open the game. The contest started off with two carries by Tevin Coleman that didn’t go much of anywhere. On 3rd-and-10, Jimmy Garoppolo found Kendrick Bourne for a 16-yard pickup. Seattle penalties and a 12-yard reception by Emmanuel Sanders aided the 49ers down the field. On 3rd-and-5, Garoppolo looked for Marquise Goodwin as the ball went right through the hands of the receiver. In his first game with the 49ers in place of Robbie Gould (quadricep), newly signed kicker Chase McLaughlin connected on a 43-yard field goal to put San Francisco on the board first.
2. Russell Wilson couldn’t get much going on his first drive. The 49ers forced a quick 3-and-out. On 3rd-and-2, D.J. Jones shot out of the cannon and wrapped up Wilson for his second sack of the season to end Seattle’s drive.
3. On the first play of the 49ers second drive, Garoppolo found Deebo Samuel on a slant for a 30-yard pick up. The rookie evaded several tackles before running into his blocker at the end of the catch. On the ensuing play, Coleman burst through the middle of the field for a 22-yard gain. Kyle Juszczyk, who made his return after being sidelined with a knee injury in Week 5, made a key block that opened up the lane for the running back. Garoppolo completed another pass to Sanders to move down the field. The drive concluded in a 10-yard touchdown from Garoppolo to Bourne to put the 49ers up 10-0.
4. Emmanuel Moseley had himself a day. The corner blanketed DK Metcalf on a third down pass to force a second-straight punt for Seattle. He also registered several pass breakups on the evening.
5. Fred Warner didn’t just register his first career sack on Monday night, he recorded two and a forced fumble (See No. 10). The first, on 3rd-and-4 on a blitz, the linebacker shot up the middle and got to Wilson to take Seattle out of field goal range. His second came in the third quarter on third down as the linebacker went unblocked en route to the quarterback. Warner also had two crucial third down stops in the first half. Warner led the team with 10 tackles on the night.
6. The 49ers defense managed to keep the Seahawks out of the end zone in the first half. However, it was Seattle’s defense who put up points. Jarran Reed registered a strip sack against Garoppolo and Jadeveon Clowney recovered the fumble for a 10-yard touchdown.
7. As the momentum began to shift in Seattle’s favor in the first half, Jaquiski Tartt made a huge game-changing play, perhaps the 49ers play of the year, to keep Seattle out of the end zone. Wilson connected with Mecalf on a screen pass as the wideout bulldozed his way towards the goal line. Tartt managed to rip the ball out of Metcalf’s arms at the 2-yard line before falling into the end zone. The safety stepped out of bounds, but regained control as he stripped the ball from the wideouts arms.
“I was just trying to make a play," Tartt said postgame. "Every play is the defense’s mindset to get the ball. For us, they are not in the endzone until they are in the enzone. For me, I was just trying to strip the ball, and I just happened to take it away from him."
Tartt's forced fumble was the second of his career and his fumble recovery was his first.
8. K'Waun Williams had another standout performance. On Seattle’s first drive of the second half, the corner ripped the ball out of Seahawks running back Chris Carson’s arms. DeForest Buckner came up with the recovery, his second of the season. Williams also forced another fumble two drives later that was recovered by Seattle’s center.
"I think K'Waun Williams deserves a ton of credit," Richard Sherman said postgame. "I'm sure you know that Pro Bowl voting opens this week. I hope he gets a ton of votes. He made a ton of plays for us today. He was one of the reasons we were kept in the game. Huge forced fumbles. Huge sacks. He was everywhere. He was a player of the game for us. He kept us in it. He was MVP."
More on Williams to come.
9. San Francisco continued to shoot themselves in the foot with all three of Seattle’s scores coming off turnovers. The second came on a high pass intended for Bourne that went through the receiver's hands and into the arms of Seahawks newcomer Quandre Diggs. Seattle managed to capitalize off of the turnover, resulting in a 3-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to tight end Jacob Hollister. On the second, Clowney and Seattle’s defensive line took advantage of Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey in their first game back. Clowney got to Garoppolo and forced another 49ers fumble. Poona Ford recovered the ball in 49ers territory. Four plays later, Carson rushed for a 1-yard touchdown to extend Seattle’s lead to 21-10.
10. William's biggest play of the day game on a game-changing sack. At the top of the fourth quarter, Williams got to Wilson as the ball was stripped from his arms. Germain Ifedi recovered the ball as Warner punched it out of his hands. Buckner came up big with his second fumble recovery of the game, this one, returned for a touchdown. Garoppolo connected with Bourne in the endzone for the two-point conversion to cut Seattle’s lead to three.
Williams tallied a career-high nine tackles, 0.5 sack and 2 forced fumbles. He now has seven forced fumbles in his career.
11. San Francisco and Seattle exchanged field goals, bringing Monday night’s contest to overtime. Seattle won the toss and received the ball to open the extended period. Wilson and the Seahawks offense managed to drive down the field inside of 49ers territory. On 2nd-and-5 while driving in the redzone, rookie Dre Greenlaw extended and picked off a pass intended for Hollister for his first-career interception. The rookie returned the ball 47 yards to midfield. Monday was Greenlaw’s first start at WILL linebacker in place of Kwon Alexander (pectoral). The rookie finished the night with eight tackles and a pick.
“Dre did outstanding,” Warner said of his teammate. “I thought he had a great game. He was out there communicating, lining up with urgency, making plays. That play where he intercepted the ball was just insane. I’m thinking I was going to have a chance at it because Russell lobbed it up. Just the execution of that play and what we were running, I honestly couldn’t believe it was so, you know, kind of surreal. He’s a great player, very instinctive and it showed tonight for sure.”
12. Needing a single score, San Francisco needed a 47-yarder from McLaughlin to seal the game. The newly-signed kicker hooked the potential game winner wide left. McLaughlin made all three of his field goal attempts from 43, 39 and 47 yards respectively before missing his final kick in overtime. On the ensuing possession, Seattle kicker Jason Myers connected on a 42-yard field goal as time expired to give the Seahawks the overtime victory over the 49ers.
13. Injuries plagued the 49ers as several players went down throughout the contest. Here’s a look at who went down for San Francisco in Week 10:
- Emmanuel Sanders (rib): Did not return
- D.J. Jones (groin): Did not return
- Azeez Al-Shaair (concussion): Did not return
- Weston Richburg (hand): Returned
- Matt Breida (ankle): Did not return
- Ronald Blair III (knee): Did not return
- Marquise Goodwin (forearm): Returned
- Solomon Thomas (unspecified): Retuned
Shanahan will provide updates on the aforementioned players on Tuesday, as the team prepares for a quick turn around to host the Arizona Cardinals in Week 11. Stay tuned.