It was a hot and humid evening at the Stick for the Thursday night NFC West match up, very unusual for the end of October in the bay area. What wasn’t unusual was the way the Niners went about their business on the field, they got back to basics, returning to what Frank Gore calls “49er Football.”
Gore was an integral part of the win over the Seahawks. He rushed for 131 yards and had 51 yards receiving. This was actually 58% of the entire 49er offense. Gore had an average of 8.2 yards per carry. Kendall Hunter also contributed with 31 yards rushing and 14 yards receiving.
Russell Wilson had a difficult time facing the Niner defense, with his receivers not giving him much help, dropping 5 passes. They did however move the ball somewhat effectively in the first half. The second half defensive adjustments stymied the Seahawks on offense, but Marshawn Lynch had done enough in the first half to become the second rusher to gain over 100 yards on the Niner defense in two weeks with 103 yards.
There were no fireworks between Harbaugh and Carroll after the game and the two even chatted a bit during pregame warmups. Harbaugh seems to have checked himself since the Jim Schwartz incident. Carroll hasn’t beaten Harbaugh since before the “what’s your deal” game three years ago, when they were both head coaches in what was then, the PAC 10. I’m sure he can’t wait to get another crack at it, especially at Century Link field which has been recently noted as one of the toughest places to play for an away team. Pete Carroll’s countdown to December 23rd has begun.