ESPN's Football Power Index live projections now list the Niners' chances for the top choice at 49 percent, making them the odds-on favorite for that spot, just ahead of the Oakland Raiders. "It was cool at first, before the game and everything, but now it's not too great".
This game was another display of the Seahawks' late-season resurgence. The New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars claimed their fourth victories, knocking off the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts, respectively.
Overall, Seattle's defense almost kept the 49ers out of the end zone completely, allowing just one touchdown on four trips inside the 20. There certainly was a little more emotion involved in preparing for this week's game. In losing by a combined 45 points to the Buccaneers and Seahawks after the bye, the 49ers have looked increasingly like a team deserving of the No. 1 overall pick rather than one in contention largely because of the loss of Garoppolo. "It's just unfortunate we didn't play as well as we could have. That's kind of the way things have gone this season". The balance of the Seahawks came to the forefront as they rode the arm of Russell Wilson and the efforts of the wide receivers to get themselves open en route to the ever-so-critical win. The guys are really pushing hard.
As Sherman points out, the 49ers have been playing shorthanded for much of the season beyond just the loss of Garoppolo. On defense, injuries to the secondary and linebacker corps have been a factor all season. His emergence, along with the standout play of Chris Carson, could leave Mike Davis without many snaps in the backfield moving forward. Pettis didn't flinch, and he finished the game with four catches for 77 yards and the only touchdown catch of the day. We'll find out if Seattle can add another positive mark to their record or if San Francisco can shake off the defeat and take the spring out of Seattle's step. Head coach Kyle Shanahan even got in on the action when he drew a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct after yelling at an official a few plays later.
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David Moore, who is having a somewhat breakout year, wasn't targeted once. "It's been kind of consistent for the last three weeks it seems, and hopefully we can keep pushing there, keep going".
"Everything I've had to say about him and that whole situation, I've already said", Sherman said. "It's one of those things where you hope he does good, but you hope you do better and win". But led by Bobby Wagner's historic performance, the Seahawks did more than enough to limit the 49ers to 16 total points, while the offense scored easily much of the afternoon. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson didn't attack his former teammate, who missed his lone tackle attempt of the game.
And if they aren't? I wanted to get a win out here, but we couldn't do that.