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Staley to ref after Hoyer hit: 'What the hell was that?'


Staley to ref after Hoyer hit: 'What the hell was that?'

SEATTLE – Left tackle Joe Staley heard the whistle and did not move.

Seattle Seahawks pass-rusher Frank Clark did not hold back, and 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer paid the price.

Staley was upset that referee Bill Vinovich did not call Clark for unnecessary roughness after he delivered a brutal blind-side hit on Hoyer after sprinting past the stationary Staley at the snap of the ball. The 49ers had already called a timeout with the play clock winding down before a third-and-6 play from the 49ers’ 42-yard line in the third quarter.

“I stopped,” Staley said. “I heard the whistle for like five seconds, so I didn’t even get out of my stance. Then, I was freaking out because they kept going and killed the quarterback.

“So I told them, ‘What the hell is that? That’s unnecessary roughness.’ He’s like, ‘Oh, man, you can drop an atomic bomb in here and you can’t hear whistles.’ I heard it. Four guys heard it. It’s your job to hear it. You (granted) us a timeout. So it was heard and it was called. Whatever.”

The 49ers made plenty of their own mistakes in the 12-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, including Marquise Goodwin’s critical dropped pass for what would’ve been for a first down near the Seattle 10-yard line in the fourth quarter.

On the next play, the 49ers thought Richard Sherman got away with defensive holding against Pierre Garçon – a play after which coach Kyle Shanahan was seen arguing with the official near the play. Hoyer took a big hit from defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson after delivering the pass on that play, too.

The 49ers were held without a touchdown for the first two games of the regular season – the first time that has occurred in franchise history.

“I have to play a whole lot better,” Hoyer said. “I’m disappointed with myself.

“We felt good about coming into the season, and the first two games haven’t gone the way we’d like them to, especially the way I’d like them to go as far as with my personal play. I’ve got to look at the tape and figure out what I can do a whole lot better, and with this quick turnaround, we have to be ready for the Rams on Thursday night.”

Instant Analysis: 49ers put up fight, but fall to Seahawks once again

Instant Analysis: 49ers put up fight, but fall to Seahawks once again


SEATTLE – The 49ers have come to Seattle with better teams since the 2012 season, but Kyle Shanahan’s squad kept things interesting for a lot longer than some of those other units.

The 49ers’ young defense kept things close, putting the clamps on Russell Wilson and the struggling Seattle offense for most of Sunday before San Francisco’s upset bid fell short with a 12-9 loss at CenturyLink Field.

The 49ers – listed as a 14-point underdog against the Seahawks -- entered Sunday’s game with six consecutive losses in Seattle by an average deficit of 18 points. The Seahawks entered with seven consecutive victories over the 49ers, including a victory in the 2013 NFC Championship that propelled Pete Carroll’s team to its only Super Bowl victory.

In a game dominated by both defenses, the 49ers’ only offensive spark for most of the game came from running back Carlos Hyde.

Hyde rushed for 124 yards on 15 carries, including a career-long 61-yard burst in the second quarter that gave the 49ers some energy and enabled them to tie the game at halftime.

Since the end of the 2014 season, Hyde is the only running back to gain more than 100 yards against the Seahawks’ home stadium. Hyde has now done it in back-to-back appearances.

The 49ers rallied from a 6-0 deficit to take a 9-6 lead with 11:36 remaining in the fourth quarter. After a steady dose of Hyde, the 49ers sprinkled in undrafted rookie running back Matt Breida on the go-ahead drive. Breida had back-to-back runs of 11 and 13 yards to set up Robbie Gould’s third field goal of the game.

But the Seahawks came back to take a 12-9 lead on Wilson’s 9-yard touchdown pass to receiver Paul Richardson. Wilson, running for his life against the 49ers’ pass rush, singlehandedly took Seattle down the field with his ability to scramble for yards and buy time to make plays down the field. Blair Walsh missed the extra point.

The 49ers tied the game with Gould field goals of 40 and 37 yards late in the first half. Walsh gave Seattle a 6-0 lead with field goals of 25 and 27 yards in the first quarter. The latter field goal was set up by Bobby Wagner’s interception of a Brian Hoyer pass.

Hoyer and the passing game struggled throughout the game. Hoyer completed 15 of 27 passes for 99 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

Seattle could not sustain much offense, either. Wilson completed 23 of 39 pass attempts for 198 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

Neither the 49ers nor Seahawks scored a touchdown in opening-week losses. The 49ers fell to the Carolina Panthers 23-3, while Seattle opened with a 17-9 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

--Fifth-year veteran Eric Reid left the game three times with apparent issues with his left knee. He went down in the second quarter with a non-contact knee injury. Reid was approximately 30 yards away from the ball on a deep Wilson pass attempt when he sustained the injury. Reid sat out the remainder of the first half but returned to action at the start of the second half. He briefly left again after a big hit on tight end Jimmy Graham. After re-entering the game, Reid sustained another injury in the third quarter and exited the game for good.

--Outside pass rusher Aaron Lynch, who was not active for the 49ers’ first game of the season, recorded the team’s first sack of the season when he threw Wilson for a 1-yard loss in the first quarter. Tank Carradine and Arik Armstead also recorded sacks.

--Rookie defensive lineman Solomon Thomas recorded two tackles for loss, as he made a major improvement in his second NFL game. He was credited with a “start” because the 49ers opened the game in their nickel defensive package.

--Ray-Ray Armstrong started in place of linebacker Reuben Foster, who is expected to miss approximately a month with a high ankle sprain. Armstrong was briefly benched for Brock Coyle in the first half after he blew a couple of assignments. Armstrong returned to his role in the 49ers’ base defense in the second half.

--Hyde had 102 yards rushing in the first half, becoming the first player since Adrian Peterson in 2012 to rush for 100 or more yards against the Seahawks in a half.

Source: 49ers make change on offensive line; Ward active


Source: 49ers make change on offensive line; Ward active

SEATTLE – The 49ers have made a change to their offensive line for the team’s game Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

Laken Tomlinson is in, and Zane Beadles is out.

And the 49ers will also have the services of free safety Jimmie Ward for the first time this season. Ward will be in uniform after missing all of training camp and the first regular-season game with a hamstring injury. The 49ers deactivated rookie safety Lorenzo Jerome. Jaquiski Tartt started at free safety for the 49ers in Week 1.

Tomlinson, acquired Aug. 31 in a trade with the Detroit Lions for a fifth-round draft pick in 2019, will suit up for the first time as a member of the 49ers and start at left guard, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area.

Beadles entered the day with 108 consecutive starts, ranking as the No. 2 current streak among guards in the NFL behind Atlanta’s Andy Levitre, who has 129 consecutive starts.

Beadles, 30, has never missed a game in his eight-year NFL career, in which he has started 111 of the 113 games in which he appeared. Beadles, who struggled throughout training after taking over for Joshua Garnett, surrendered a sack-fumble in the 49ers’ opener against the Carolina Panthers. Garnett is out for the season after undergoing knee surgery last month.

Beadles is active for the game and will serve as a backup at both guard positions and center.

Tomlinson will start at left guard against the Seahawks – just as he did in the Lions’ 26-6 season-ending loss in the NFC wild-card round in January. Tomlinson played all 55 snaps against Seattle.

He graded out as the Lions’ top pass-blocker on the offensive line in that game, allowing just two quarterback hurries in 39 pass plays, according to Pro Football Focus.

Tomlinson, 25, a third-year pro, will make his 25th career start after the Lions selected him in the first round of the 2015 draft with the No. 28 overall pick.

Pass-rusher Aaron Lynch, who was not active for the 49ers’ season opener last week, will be in uniform for Sunday’s game.

49ers inactives
WR Kendrick Bourne
CB Ahkello Witherspooon
DB Lorenzo Jerome
LB Pita Taumoepenu
LB Reuben Foster
OL Erik Magnuson
DL Xavier Cooper