Seahawks vs. 49ers: Live Grades and Analysis for San Francisco

Phil GCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2013

Dec 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (85) is congratulated by teammates after catching a touchdown pass against the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
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In this heavyweight slugfest, the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 19-17. Despite a subpar day on the ground, Frank Gore and a stingy 49ers defense delivered the 49ers their third straight win.

With this win, the 49ers have put themselves in a great position to secure one of the two NFC wild-card spots.

The 49ers (9-4) will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 15.

Check below for final grades and analysis.



Seattle Seahawks - 17

San Francisco 49ers - 19

San Francisco 49ers Grades
Position UnitFirst-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseB-B
Run OffenseDB
Pass DefenseDB
Run DefenseCB+
Special TeamsB+B+
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Game Analysis for the San Francisco 49ers

Pass Offense: After a solid first half, Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers aerial attack proved somewhat disappointing in the second half. Much like we saw during his periods of struggles, Kaepernick was erratic and inaccurate against this Seahawks secondary, despite the victory.

Run Offense: Frank Gore finished with a respectable line, especially that huge 51-yard run to give the 49ers the late lead, but is it time to worry? Without that big run, Gore was held to relatively average totals this afternoon.

Pass Defense: Unlike the first half, the 49ers did a good job of limiting big plays down the field. Russell Wilson was still sensational, but the 49ers were able to hold the Seahawks to just three points in the second half.

Run Defense: Marshawn Lynch had his way in the first half, but the 49ers defense did a much better job in containing the All-Pro after halftime. Lynch finished the day with 72 yards on the ground, but only gained 22 rushing yards in the second half.

Special Teams: Phil Dawson was sensational this afternoon. After successfully converting all three of his field goals in the first half, Dawson was able to nail the game-winning field goal. The coverage unit, who played well for most of the afternoon, allowed a costly 38-yard return by Golden Tate.

Coaching: Nothing to see here, really. Unlike past weeks, play-calling wasn’t an issue, though I would have liked to see a little more balance in the pass-run ratio (29:17).

Dec 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) looks for a penalty flag after attempting to catch a pass against the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson
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First-Half Analysis for the San Francisco 49ers

Pass Offense: Despite several attempts in the red zone early in the half, the 49ers could only settle for field goals. With All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman shadowing Anquan Boldin, look for Michael Crabtree or Vernon Davis to be featured more in the second half.

Run Offense: In the past three games, Gore has looked subpar to say the least. His struggles have continued in the first half of this matchup, though I suspect the 49ers will give their star running back more than eight carries going forward.

Pass Defense: As ferocious as this 49ers pass rush has looked, Wilson is successfully finding his receivers down the field. If the 49ers secondary could eliminate the big plays down the field, this game would look totally different.

Run Defense: Lynch continues to be a thorn on the 49ers' side. The Seahawks are having some success with the deep ball, which has opened up lanes for Lynch up the middle. Lynch has totaled 50 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Special Teams: 49ers kicker Dawson converted all three of his field goals in the first half. Kassim Osgood looked like Superman on that blocked punt, though the 49ers could not take advantage of the great field position.

Coaching: Despite some questionable calls, Jim Harbaugh has showed restraint in not throwing the little red challenge flag, something he has struggled with in the past.