What happened: The Seahawks defense, the unit that has been so steady this season, gave up a lead in the final minutes. That’s not an entirely fair way to canvass Seattle’s 19-17 loss at San Francisco on Sunday, but it is, in the end, what happened. The Seahawks offense couldn’t get much going in the second half — they only scored after a big punt return from Golden Tate gave them the ball in San Francisco territory — but they did enough to give Seattle a 17-16 lead with 6:20 left in the game. Frank Gore’s 51-yard run put San Francisco inside the red zone, and Colin Kaepernick picked up eight yards on 3rd-and-8 to keep the drive alive. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Seahawks.
The good: This is a weird game to characterize in many ways. The defense played well for most of the game, but in the end gave up a game-winning drive. The offense had moments of explosive plays, but in the end only scored 17 points. Special teams had a couple of big returns, but also had a punt blocked.
The bad: How about the penalties? They’ve been a thorn in Seattle’s side all season, but the Seahawks have usually found a way to overcome them this season. They once again haunted Seattle against San Francisco, stalling offensive drives and keeping them alive for the 49ers. Also worthy of consideration in this category: The punt team, a steady unit all year long. But against San Francisco, Seattle’s punt team gave up a blocked punt, which led to a 49ers field goal.
The big picture: The Seahawks can still win the NFC West and wrap up the No. 1 seed in the NFC this season. Neither of those things was in play against San Francisco. So, in the big picture, this loss doesn’t do much to hurt Seattle’s season; it’s likely just a little dent.