San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick played one of his worst games of the season, but still had a chance in the final minute to steal a win. Unfortunately, an interception by Malcolm Smith ended any hopes of a comeback and the season ended in Seattle.
"I didn't play good enough to win," Kaepernick said after the game. "I turned the ball over three times. I cost us that game."
After being the only offense for the 49ers with his running and throwing abilities, he took a hard fall in the fourth quarter. The momentum started to shift Seattle's way after a delay of game penalty where he didn't snap the ball in time. He fumbled after scrambling on the ensuing play, which resulted in a change of possession.
The defense was able to bail out Kaepernick's fumble when stopping the Seahawks on fourth and goal. Kaepernick's response was an interception to Kam Chancellor where he forced the ball by under-throwing it. San Francisco's defense once again helped the offense by holding Seattle to a field goal to only trail by six points and give an opportunity to win.
After both mistakes leading up to that possession, Kaepernick temporarily saves the 49ers season with a dump off to Frank Gore on fourth down. Consecutive passes to Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis brought San Francisco to the red zone, but things came up short there. The 49ers quarterback didn't look in any direction except towards Michael Crabtree's way.
The 49ers quarterback said he liked the one-on-one matchup between Richard Sherman and Crabtree, but in the end, it backfired. Anquan Boldin was open on a streak route to the left and the check down was also open. Kaepernick was like a robot on that final throw and Sherman tipped the ball up, showing off his athleticism. Malcolm Brown was in the right place and right time to intercept the ball to snap the 49ers streak of eight straight wins.
In a game where the defense had their mistakes (i.e. Carlos Rogers on fourth down), they played well enough to give the offense an opportunity to win the game. Kaepernick can only look back when it comes to making a regretful throw. He didn't see the open target and was focused on Michael Crabtree the entire time.
With the team healthy at the right time as Boldin, Davis and Crabtree were all playing; the 49ers quarterback can't make excuses for this performance. In the end, it came down to who finished better. Seattle held onto what could've been a game lost in the final minute.
"Not many people get to be in this arena," Jim Harbaugh said. "I thought our guys showed tremendous fight. Congratulations to Seattle, they made the big plays."