Silver linings from an ugly 49ers loss in Seattle

There weren’t a lot of things that went right for the 49ers on Sunday in Seattle. It was a classic San Francisco disaster at the Seahawks’ home stadium that featured a slew of mistakes of varying severity, but they all added up to the 49ers’ sixth loss of the year.

While the worst will continue to haunt the week, we were still able to find some good things from the contest that added some light to an otherwise terrible showing for San Francisco:

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It was great to see Kittle back looking like an elite tight end pass-catching. He had nine catches for 181 yards and two touchdowns. It was his first ever two-touchdown game, and the 181 yards were his third-most ever. The last time he eclipsed 180 yards was in an October 2020 loss to the Eagles. It was just the second time this season he went over the 100-yard mark as well.

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Al Shaair is really, really good. In a new role as the Mike linebacker he put together his most productive game as a pro with 16 tackles, 0.5 sacks, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble late in the game with Seattle trying to punch in the game-sealing touchdown. A key reason the 49ers defense was so good in 2019 was their ability to control the second level against the run and pass. Al-Shaair appears ready to step into a larger role next to Fred Warner to give the 49ers perhaps the best LB corps in the league when Dre Greenlaw is healthy.

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No explanation needed. These uniforms are simply amazing.

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The 49ers defense did have three takeaways, forced four fumbles and notched four sacks. Seattle scored 30 points, but it’s hard to put a lot of that on a San Francisco defense that for the most part played well. In their last four games the 49ers have 10 takeaways on defense, and their three Sunday were their most in a game since Week 12 last season when they got four against the Rams at SoFi Stadium.

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In a scary moment after the opening kickoff, 49ers running back and special teams ace Trenton Cannon was taken off the field in an ambulance because of two hits to the head and neck area he took trying to make the tackle. After the game, Kyle Shanahan, head coach of Special Teams, said that Cannon had suffered a concussion. However, he was not in any further injury. Cannon will be admitted to a hospital in Seattle on Sunday night. It’s great to hear that he didn’t sustain any neck/spine injuries.

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Despite all the shenanigans and averaging only 3.0 yards per carry the 49ers still managed to average 6.5 yards per play. Jimmy Garoppolo averaged a whopping 10 yards per attempt. Although stats don’t tell the whole story, this is a good indicator that San Francisco can still move the ball. This is a change from the early part of the year, when they averaged 5.0 yards per play.

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Even with an ugly loss the 49ers are still 6-6 and in the driver’s seat for a playoff spot. Although they are now the seventh seed, Washington is ahead of them. However, losses to the Saints and Vikings gave San Francisco some breathing room. By the time the dust settles on a head-scratching performance from the 49ers they’ll be sitting with a playoff spot and still controlling their own destiny over the final five games.

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