Seattle Wins Divisional Game Over The 49ers: 3 Things We Learned
1.) The Seahawks' Offense Must Step Up If They Are To Make A Deep Run Into The Playoffs
The Seahawks are well-known for having a top-tier defense, but they will be going up against the most complete teams in the postseason. Averaging just under 20 points per game in their last five, their offense is still having a rough time scoring. They have faced some stout defenses in recent weeks, but their offense must be able to produce at the toughest of times. If they are to get to the Super Bowl, they will have to find a way to keep up with guys like Tom Brady.
2.) The 49ers Need Speed At The Wide Receiver Position
This has been noted in recent years, but their recent acquirements of Anquan Boldin and Stevie Johnson for very little made it seem as if they were set at receiver. Along with Michael Crabtree, they have put up solid numbers, but none of them have been able to make a consistent impact. With a run-centric scheme and slow receviers, teams are not forced to keep many safeties up top, allowing them to stack the box and play tight coverage. While cornerback may seem like the most apparent need, a speedy receiver may be bigger, as the defense has still been able to hold opposing teams to low scores.
3.) Jim Harbaugh's Career With The 49ers Is Definitely Over
This loss against the Seahawks marked the 49ers' third in a row, and their fourth total against divisional opponents. The 49ers are averaging less than 14 points per game, and they have not won a game by more than six points since Week 6. At 7-7, the season is over and Harbaugh will be coaching elsewhere next year. On the bright side, the 49ers' defense has been impressive, despite their injuries, holding their opponents to an average just 15.7 points per game since their bye in Week 8.