Offensive struggles with the 49ers ended up costing them the entire game Thanksgiving day, dimming the hopes of many fans after their three-game win streak and chance at the NFC playoffs, losing to rival Seattle Seahawks in an ending score of 19-3.
Colin Kaepernick, in one of his most erratic performances, had two passes intercepted by Richard Sherman, including one with 7:04 remaining on the clock. Kaepernick who finished 16-to-29 for 121 yards with four sacks and a season-low 36.7 passer rate.
— John Lok (@jlokseattle) November 28, 2014
The 49ers (now 7-5) were behind 13-0 at halftime, the first time they had failed to score in a first half since a 2013 Week 2 loss at coincidentally Seattle.
The Seahawks (8-4) emerged alone in second place and inched closer to the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals (9-2). Seattle had lost its past five visits to the 49ers home turf, though those were at Candlestick Park instead of the $1.3 billion Levi’s Stadium.
Aggressive defense kept the 49ers close to another comeback attempt. Of the seven games the 49ers have won this season, they had to come back from a deficit in all but the opening game at Dallas.
Sherman, the 49er’s chief antagonist in last season’s NFC Championship game loss, helped stake the Seahawks to a 7-0 lead Thursday. Sherman intercepted a 20-yard pass Kaepernick had intended for Brandon Lloyd at midfield, bringing Seahawk offense to life, after going three-and-out on its first two series.
Once Sherman grabbed his second interception of the night, Kaepernick’s stat line read: 12-of-25 (48 percent), 90 yards, no touchdowns, three sacks, 23.8 rating.
The Seahawks had two second-quarter field goals from Hauschka to lead 13-0. The 49ers had to come through with a goal-line stand to force Hauschka’s first field goal, after Wilson dodged Dontae Johnson’s blitz and found tight end Tony Moeaki for a 68-yard, catch-and-run to the 49ers’ 1.