Maiocco's Instant Replay: 49ers 13, Seahawks 6

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Maiocco's Instant Replay: 49ers 13, Seahawks 6

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The 49ers did not exactly take quick measures to erasethe memory of their lackluster performance Sunday against the New York Giants.The 49ers slogged along offensively Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawksat Candlestick Park.Defensively, they had their difficulties keeping powerful running back MarshawnLynch in check.But the 49ers got their act together just long enough to pull out a less-thanthrilling 13-6 victory over the Seahawks in the 49ers' first game of the seasonagainst an NFC West opponent.Both teams entered the night in a three-way tie for the NFC West lead with 4-2records. The Arizona Cardinals, the next team on the 49ers' schedule, are also4-2.The 49ers returned to the reliable running of Frank Gore to do most of theheavy lifting. The 49ers got away from Gore in a 26-3 beatdown at the hands ofthe Giants on Sunday. Gore carried just eight times for 36 yards.On Thursday, Gore carried 16 times for 131 yards.The 49ers' offense had not scored a touchdown in six quarters when they tookover for their first drive of the second half.Quarterback Alex Smith, who struggled with his accuracy in the first half,completed all six of his attempts during a 10-play, 86-yard drive.He hit one underneath pass after another. The drive was capped with his 12-yardtouchdown pass to Delanie Walker, who received a nice block from Vernon Davisnear the left front of the end zone to enable Walker to get into the end zonefor the first touchdown of the game.The touchdown gave the 49ers took a 10-6 lead with 4:29 remaining in the thirdquarter.Smith finished his night completing 14 of 23 passes for 140 yards with onetouchdown and one interception.BLOWN OPPORTUNITY: The 49ers should've been able to extendtheir lead at the end of the third quarter. Gore's 37-yard run placed the ballat the Seahawks' 8-yard line.After Colin Kaepernick, on his first snap of the game, was stopped for a 1-yardloss, Smith had Randy Moss running along the back line of the end zone. Smithdid not see him until it was too late.By the time Smith threw in Moss' direction, Seattle cornerback Brandon Brownerpeeled off his man to intercept Smith's pass.AFTER A LOSS: The 49ers' continued their streak of keepingteams out of the end zone after a loss. In the games after Jim Harbaugh's fiveregular-season losses, the 49ers entered the game outscoring the opposition bya combined 93-11, which included three field goals and one safety.MISSING MARIO: The 49ers played without Mario Manningham,who started four games this season. He sustained a right shoulder injury atsome point in the 49ers' loss Sunday to the New York Giants.Manningham appeared to be in discomfort with limited range of motion when heworked out on the field approximately two hours prior to kickoff. WithManningham sidelined, Randy Moss and Kyle Williams split most of the time,alongside Michael Crabtree, in two-receiver sets.THIS 'N' THAT: Left tackle Joe Staley received medicalclearance to return to action after sustaining a concussion Sunday against theNew York Giants. He started and played every snap. . .With four receptions last week, running back Frank Gore moved past former 49ersfullback (and current running backs coach) Tom Rathman for second-mostreceptions by a back in 49ers history. Gore needed 35 receiving yards to surpass Rathman and move into third place behind Craig andHugh McElhenny in receiving yards. . .Kicker David Akers, who had missed five of his previous 10 field-goal attempts,got back on track with a 38-yard field goal in the first quarter. He gave the49ers a 13-6 lead with 5:24 remaining in the fourth quarter with a 28-yardfield goal . . Veteran running back Brandon Jacobs was active for the first time all season.He did not play.

Cosell: It's fascinating that Kelly clearly didn't want Kaepernick to throw

Cosell: It's fascinating that Kelly clearly didn't want Kaepernick to throw

Colin Kaepernick was benched after three quarters on Sunday.

He completed 1-of-5 passes for four yards.

"To me, what's most fascinating about that is what Chip's approach was," Greg Cosell said on KNBR 680 on Monday evening. "Chip (Kelly) clearly did not want him to throw the ball ... it was clear to me that Kaepernick does not throw a wet or a cold ball very well...

"He has small hands so I'm wondering if he just couldn't really throw the ball effectively in this kind of weather.

"Hey, Troy Aikman always said, 'I couldn't throw a wet ball.'"

Kaepernick was sacked five times for -25 total yards.

"Looking at the sacks, there were opportunities for tighter window, but NFL throws -- and first of all, I don't think Kaepernick is that guy under normal circumstances -- and my sense is, he didn't feel comfortable in this weather," Cosell added. "He certainly wasn't gonna cut it loose on those kinds of throws in this weather.

"Maybe Chip knew that, maybe he didn't. But to me, as I said, it's more fascinating that he didn't have him throw the ball at all."

Blaine Gabbert supplanted Kaepernick and completed 4-of-10 passes for 35 yards. He was sacked once.
 

After getting benched vs Bears, Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets

After getting benched vs Bears, Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets

Colin Kaepernick will remain as the 49ers’ starting quarterback on Sunday against the New York Jets.

Offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins made the announcement on Tuesday while coach Chip Kelly was in Maine for services for his father, E. Paul Kelly, who passed away on Friday.

Kaepernick has started the past seven games for the 49ers, during which time the club has gone winless. The 49ers (1-11) are on a franchise-long 11 game-losing streak.

Kaepernick went 1 of 5 on Sunday for just four yards in the 49ers’ 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears. Kaepernick was also sacked five times for minus-25 yards before getting benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert. He became the first quarterback in NFL history to be sacked five times and have fewer than 5 yards passing in the same game.

"We have been playing really good football, good football on offense and the thing had been trending in the right direction," Modkins said. "Obviously, Sunday didn’t bear that and we’ve got to go to work today and figure out how to get it back going in a direction we had it and obviously it has to be better than what it was on Sunday."

A week earlier against the Miami Dolphins, Kaepernick threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 113 yards as the 49ers rolled up 475 yards of total offense.

Kelly said the 49ers made the switch at quarterback early in the fourth quarter on Sunday against the Bears in hopes Gabbert would provide a spark. Gabbert started the 49ers’ first five games of the season before Kaepernick replaced him.

"Kap is going to be the starter and we’ll go from there," Modkins said. "We just decided during the game to try to see if Blaine could give us a spark. Kap is back being the starter. It’s nothing other than that.”