Here are some extra notes from the 49ers 29-3 loss on Sunday night:
-Colin Kaepernick struggled for majority of the game, but much of it was courtesy of wide receivers having an inability to get open. It took Anquan Boldin halfway through the fourth quarter to pick up his first reception. Kaepernick was forced to target the checkdown receiver for much of the game and in this case, it ended up being FB Bruce Miller.
The fullback was targeted more times than Boldin and Marlon Moore. Quinton Patton was seen on the field for a handful of plays, but wasn't targeted. Only Kyle Williams had more targets than Miller out of 49ers receivers. Richard Sherman won the battle against Boldin when in coverage while backup CB Walter Thurmond did well on the opposite side. It looked like Brandon Browner's presence would be missed, but that wasn't the case on Sunday.
-Kevin McDermott continued a perfect streak of successful long snaps to Andy Lee on four punts and one field goal attempt.
-The running game was abandoned in the first half when the 49ers were unable to establish a rhythm. Gore was only used on the 49ers first possession of the third quarter, but they stayed away for the entire game. He was utilized on a short pass, but a penalty on Ray McDonald called it back. It's interesting that they didn't use Kendall Hunter until the fourth quarter, but chose to use Anthony Dixon in the first quarter.
-Pass protection wasn't great, but it wasn't poor. Kaepernick had time to throw, but the Seahawks coverage ended up being sublime when defending receivers. Seattle wasn't perfect watching Kaepernick from running, but they were adequate to prevent any major plays minus one run in the fourth quarter. K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner stayed with the quarterback for most of the game. In the second half when the team dug a hole, the protection was non-existent since the Seahawks knew the 49ers wouldn't run the football.
-The Seahawks outsmarted the 49ers on the opening touchdown of the fourth quarter. San Francisco called a safety blitz with Craig Dahl rushing the quarterback, but Russell Wilson was ready for it. A simple lob pass to a wide open Marshawn Lynch gave the running back plenty of time to tip toe his way into the end zone.
-Nnamdi Asomugha proved to be a liability in the secondary again, as he was flagged for a pass interference when covering Golden Tate. The 49ers blitzed him on another play, but he was easily blocked and Russell Wilson was able to scramble away from him in the open field.
-Aldon Smith had two sacks, but he had one of the most back breaking penalties of the night with a personal foul on third and long. This was on the same drive that Asomugha was called for pass interference. He was also tricked on the read-option when he took a bite on the running back as the quarterback kept it, leading to a nine-yard game.
-The 49ers completely lost their composure in the fourth quarter with three 15-yard penalties for personal foul or unsportsmanlike conduct. While the game was over, Anthony Davis and Ray McDonald took their frustrations out on the players.