Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/15/14
No Game Balls This Week Last time I had the unfortunate responsibility of doing ‘What Went Wrong’, the first line was ‘Hey! Only 5 penalties!’  Well this time, I’m leading off with this: 5 drops. 5 freakin’ drops. Unacceptable!  So frustrating to watch, and frustrating for the Seahawks rookie QB Russell Wilson to have happen.  Tough game, tough team, hostile environment (safety wise, not noise wise). Catch the Damn Ball! On the Seahawks opening drive, Russell Wilson went deep to Robert Turbin on a wheel-route on third and short from the 49ers 34. Turbin utilized a perfect pick courtesy of Zach Miller to beat his man and get wide open. And he dropped it on the 49ers four yard line. The Seahawks settled for a field goal, but that set the tone for the rest of the game. Whether it was a Braylon Edwards drop in the endzone or Evan Moore deep, or Marshawn Lynch out in the flat, or, (this one hurts), Golden Tate on third and short, the receivers couldn’t catch the damn ball. The biggest one came on another third and short. Russell Wilson went to Golden Tate on a slant route. Perfectly thrown. Perfectly placed. Would’ve been a first down. And he dropped it. The Seahawks punted and the 49ers marched 88-yards for a touchdown. Ouch. It’s pretty bad when the best thing to write about was the game by the punter Jon Ryan. Where have we seen this before? Three times Frank Gore ran a cutback behind the right guard Alex Boone. And three times it went for huge chunks of yardages. Even when Kendall Hunter checked into the game, the usually dominant Seahawks defense couldn’t stop him. When Gore and Hunter combine f0r 20+ carries, the 49ers are 17-0. Yesterday they combined for 25. The Seahawks have struggled in tackling recently as well. Last week it was All-Pro Earl Thomas who apparently forgot how to wrap up. This week, KJ Wright basically gave up extra yardage several times by shoving players rather than making a tackle. The defense is the strength, and despite holding the 49ers to 13 points, they can be better than they showed the nation on Thursday night. Special Special Teams? One thing that is a staple of Pete Carroll teams is winning the field position battle. Be it punt coverage or kickoff coverage, the Seahawks always are high up in the league. And Jon Ryan did it again on Thursday night, booting kick after kick (including a mammoth 64-yarder) but he was over kicking his coverage. Ted Ginn was allowed the middle of the field too many times. The 49ers started drives near midfield more than once and it led to points on the board. Leon Washington is rusty. When he needs to set up the offense with great field position, like before the final offensive drive, he panics and runs backwards and laterally instead of heading up field. And the poor field position ended up costing us the game because of a questionable penalty in the endzone, resulting in a safety (even though San Francisco declined the penalty). The Seahawks (and hopefully Game Balls) return on the 28th against the Detroit Lions. Stay tuned to NWSB for continued coverage! CLICK HERE CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE SECTION AT NWSB! © Alistair Corp for North West Sports Beat, 2012. | Permalink | No comment | Follow NWSB on Twitter or join US on Facebook for real-time updates OR... | Share This on Twitter | Share NWSportsBeat.com on Facebook Post tags: Earl Thomas, Golden Tate, Jon Ryan, KJ Wright, Leon Washington, Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, Russell Wilson, Seahawks, Seahawks Blog, Seahawks football, Seahawks vs. 49ers, seattle, Week 7, What Went Wrong
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

A recent history of Super Bowl injury hullabaloo

DeflateGate football could fetch $50K at auction

Father and son allegedly attack coach over playing time

The AFC North will regress in 2015

Doug Baldwin bringing 'sunblock' to Revis Island

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Will the first-round running back return in 2015?

Robert Kraft: Richard Sherman is a 'marketing whiz'

Rob Gronkowski's party bus headed to Super Bowl

Matt Barnes not happy with NBA for $25,000 fine

Brandon Browner: 'No hard feelings' with Sherman, Thomas

Gronk reads erotica, sings Katy Perry at SB Media Day

Keys to victory for the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX

Grandpa: Marshawn would retire rather than deal with media

Ten best teams that didn't make the Super Bowl

Ranking the NBA’s Coach of the Year candidates

WATCH: Zach Parise picks up his tooth off the ice

Crosby's name misspelled as 'Sindey' on Penguins program

Joe Biden blows off Olivia Munn to talk to Aaron Rodgers

James Shields need to adjust his contract expectations

Kurt Warner wonders about Patriots cheating in Super Bowl

4-star QB recruit decommits from Michigan

Top storylines for Super Bowl XLIX

WATCH: Pacquiao, Mayweather meet at halftime of Heat game

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Seahawks' keys to Super Bowl victory

DeflateGate ball could fetch $50K

Doug Baldwin ready for Revis Island

Top storylines for Super Bowl XLIX

Barnes unhappy with NBA over fine

Does MLB need more offense in the modern game?

Re-ranking the Top 25: exposing the biggest flaws

Putting the Cavs’ pieces together

Super Bowl XLIX: Key people to know

Ranking all 48 Super Bowls

Bill Simmons fires a shot at Ray Lewis

NFL pushing CFP to change schedule

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.