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


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


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.

49ers release Ian Williams

49ers release Ian Williams

The 49ers on Thursday released nose tackle Ian Williams off the reserve/non-football injury list with an injury settlement.

The move, which was disclosed on the NFL, daily transaction report, is a procedural move, according to sources. It allows the 49ers to provide Williams with more compensation than he would have received if he had remained on reserve/non-football injury for the entire season. The move does not preclude the 49ers from re-signing Williams in the future.

The 49ers originally agreed to a five-year contract extension with Williams in the offseason. However, the contract was amended to a one-year deal after he underwent a team physical after undergoing surgery on his left leg.

Williams, 26, is a five-year NFL veteran. He originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie from Notre Dame in 2011.

He played his first 16-game season in 2015. He ranked third on the 49ers with 85 total tackles, according to the stats compiled by the coaching staff.

Williams took over as the 49ers’ starting nose tackle in 2013 after the free-agent departure of Isaac Sopoaga.

But he started just 10 games over the next two seasons due to two fractures of his lower leg.

Chip Kelly reveals why 49ers going with slower-paced offense

Chip Kelly reveals why 49ers going with slower-paced offense

Chip Kelly's offense with the 49ers is his slowest-paced version of his four NFL seasons.


“I think that’s what fits with this group of guys we have on the offensive side of the ball,” Kelly said this week.

Kelly did not expound on that thought. But it could be safe to assume his thinking is the same reason why it does not make sense to enter a Ford Pinto to race against pro stock dragsters.

The 49ers’ offense is running more plays this season. The 49ers snap the ball every 24.4 seconds on offense. That’s down from 26.1 seconds last season, and 29.7 seconds in Jim Harbaugh’s final season in 2014.

Last season in Philadelphia, Kelly’s team snapped the ball every 22.6 seconds. In Kelly’s final season at Oregon in 2012, the Ducks snapped the ball every 20.5 seconds.

“I don’t think we’re playing fast right now,” Kelly said. “So if someone said, ‘How are you playing offensively?’ I don’t think we’re playing fast offensively. I think we’re just not going back (to huddle). We’re saving seven yards of run time for our offensive line because they don’t have to run back in the huddle, get a play called and then do it.

“We’re just calling it at the line of scrimmage. So I think it’s a lot of what Denver used to do when Peyton (Manning) was there. But there’s a lot of times that we’re under 15 seconds when we’re snapping the ball and getting the play off. So we’re not playing fast and we’re not calling tempo-type plays in those situations. We’re just calling plays.”

Kelly said part of the problem is that the 49ers are not converting third downs. The team has a 36.3 percent success rate on third downs, which is actually an improvement over the 30.5 percent success of last season.

But the 49ers’ overall lack of offensive success this season cannot be camouflaged.

The 49ers are averaging just 4.5 yards per play. The 49ers have not averaged fewer than 5 yards per play since 2007, when Alex Smith sustained a shoulder injury and was replaced by Trent Dilfer.

While the 49ers are running more offensive plays than it has in the past, so is the opposition. The 49ers have averaged 64.3 plays per game. The 49ers have defended 69.9 plays per game – only 2.3 more plays than last season but 8.1 more plays than in 2014.

The biggest problem for the offense has been its run defense. The league’s worst run defense has surrendered 185.1 yards per game and is on pace to give up 2,962 yards this season, which would be the most in the NFL since the 1980 New Orleans Saints yielded 3,106 rushing yards.