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49ers vs. Seahawks Film Review: Pass rush kept Wilson in check

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Here are some extra notes from the 49ers 19-17 win over the Seahawks from Sunday:

-The 49ers didn't add a lot of sacks, but they were effective in pass rushing by staying in their lanes. Had the 49ers attacked Russell Wilson from the outside, he would have escaped and found room to run. Vic Fangio didn't blitz often for good reason as in one instance, Wilson found a wide open Doug Baldwin for a 14 yard gain. The Seahawks quarterback was contained for the most part and couldn't take off with linebackers keeping an eye on him. Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks were also forced to respect the Seahawks running game, making sure Marshawn Lynch didn't break free.

-Tramaine Brock had a tremendous game in coverage which was mostly against Jermaine Kearse. He limited the WR to only two receptions.

-The biggest thing from the 51-yard run by Frank Gore was the cut he made on S Earl Thomas. The misdirection and blocking was directed left, but the 49ers needed Gore to make a move himself, which he did when making a juke on the safety. Vance McDonald also made a key block in the game.

-Not only was Gore sliding in-bounds helpful, but Colin Kaepernick learned from this after he went out of bounds against the Saints. Kaepernick was able to stay in-bounds on his sweep play to the left and it was smart of Greg Roman to call three running plays in order to burn as much clock as possible if the Seahawks stop them.

-Mario Manningham had a rough game for the 49ers as he couldn't get open. CB Jeremy Lane, who is the Seahawks fifth cornerback on the depth chart and nickel CB in the game, was able to play press coverage on him the whole time. To put his game in a nutshell, Lane knocked down a pass intended for Crabtree during the second quarter. As for Manningham, he laid a key block on Kaepernick's sweep play to help him get eight yards.

-Colin Kaepernick targeted CB Byron Maxwell more than any other cornerback on the team. While there was success, he was dependent on the reserve CB and had little confidence in the few times he threw towards Richard Sherman and Lane. His only large mistake was the under-thrown interception in the end zone. Had he lobbed the ball a little farther, it could have been a touchdown.

-Carlos Rogers was the only CB who struggled on the 49ers for much of the game. Wilson kept finding targets open whenever Rogers was in press coverage. With the veteran cornerback in danger of being a cap casualty next offseason, he didn't make his case to stay on the team from this game.

-Vernon Davis did little for the 49ers in the passing game with the exception of the team's only touchdown. Overall, it was a rough outing for the TE as backup OLB Malcolm Smith or even Richard Sherman were seen guarding him for majority of the game.

-NaVorro Bowman was the biggest force in terms of stopping the run. He was all over the field and kept everything in front of him, which his opening strip-sack in the first quarter symbolizes. Patrick Willis was a liability in pass coverage when keeping an eye on backup TE Luke Wilson.


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