49ers Week 2 Game Recap: San Francisco at Seattle

49ers RB Carlos Hyde had an outstanding game against the Seahawks but it wasn't enough to pull of the upset in Seattle.

Post-game review

They say close only matters in horseshoes and hand-grenades, but the San Francisco 49ers 3-point loss (12-9) in Seattle revealed some positive aspects about the team’s direction in addition to confirming known areas of dysfunction.

Holding a 4th-quarter lead at CenturyLink field for the first time since 2011, the 49ers gritty defense and running game provided hope for a fanbase and team dying of thirst for something positive, something to help ignite passion and help extricate themselves from the wasteland of the past few years.

But there’s a reason that quarterback is the most important position in football and perhaps in all of American sports, because as the quarterback goes so does the rest of the team. And as well as Carlos Hyde and the defensive front played, Brian Hoyer’s atrocious quarterback play could not prevent the 49ers from succumbing to Seattle despite the Seahawks’ anemic offense and porous offensive line.


In the Legion of Boom era, running backs have not often found it easy to go for 100 yard games at the Link, but Carlos Hyde made it look fairly easy on Sunday, going for 102 yards on 7 carries in the first half. He ended with 124 yards on 15 carries, including two huge 3rd-down runs that set up two out of the three 49ers field goals. Without question, he was the 49ers MVP for this game.


For the second week in a row, Brian Hoyer struggled but this week the offensive line play was less of an excuse. Hoyer finished 15/27 for 99 yards, one interception and a rating of 48.2. Bottom line, if it weren’t for Hyde’s long runs, Hoyer could not move the offense and the passing game was never a threat to the Seattle defense. His performance was so bad that some have even begun to wonder about C.J. Beathard. 49ers have a problem at QB and they need to address it ASAP unless they are resigned to tank in 2017.

Play of the game
Carlos Hyde is the unequivocal MVP of the game and here was his best play of the game:

Next up

49ers now have no time to feel sorry for themselves as they face a quick turnaround to this Thursday’s (9/21 at 5:25pm) tilt at Levi’s against the Los Angeles Rams. Given that the 49ers have beaten the Rams at home for the last two seasons, sweeping the series last year, this game represent one of San Francisco’s best chances for a win in 2017. Hopefully for the fans and the organization, the team will find a way to build off the positives last week and address the QB play to give themselves a chance for victory.

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