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Seahawks fall flat against 49ers after emotional Week 1 win


SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Coach Pete Carroll knew it wouldn’t be easy for the Seattle Seahawks to follow up their emotional season-opening victory with another inspired performance.

Boy, was he right.

Six days after knocking out former quarterback Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos, almost nothing has gone right for the Seahawks. The offense failed to score a run, a rookie play backfired, and they were outplayed in the trenches by the San Francisco 49ers in a 27-7 loss on Sunday.

“We didn’t look very good, did we?” Carroll says. “We didn’t do very well with that. I wanted, and had intended to figure it all out for a long time, and to win this match was going to be a challenge. We took it head on, but we didn’t do it well enough. We did not return to play as we wanted. We missed tackles, but we didn’t look the same anymore. So I have to do a better job.

The Seahawks (1-1) were held to 216 yards for the game, broke into San Francisco’s 40 just once before last practice, and were outshot 189-36.

Safety Quandre Diggs said there’s no reason Seattle had any sort of mental hangover from last week.

“If it was, the league will humiliate you quickly,” he said. “We were hit today and that’s just part of it. I don’t see why we would go high. Anyway, everyone doubts us. Either way, we shouldn’t be fueling all the hype. Obviously, we’re not very good.

The Geno Smith-led offense struggled to get off the ground against San Francisco’s stellar defense. After a stellar first half, the Seahawks haven’t scored any points on offense in the last six quarters.

Smith was accurate but didn’t produce much. He completed 24 of 30 passes but only gained 197 yards while Seattle had just one play generating more than 17 yards. Smith threw an interception early in the second quarter.

“We just didn’t do what we had to do today,” Smith said. “We had a great week of training, the preparation was on point, I felt like everyone was locked in. We had good energy all the time. We just made mistakes that we couldn’t recover from.

The biggest mistake came the next drive after Seattle entered the San Francisco 10. The Seahawks called a trick play with a straight slam to Kenneth Walker III, who handed off to teammate DeeJay Dallas.

Dallas forced a pitch to DK Metcalf in the end zone, but Charvarius Ward intercepted it.

“It was a really cool play to call, and we had a shot as well, but it took a lot,” Carroll said. “In that situation, I wish we’d gotten out of it. I watched it and just needed to get out of it, and I didn’t. It’s a huge turnaround. We screwed that up. We come into the end zone right there, it could have been completely different.

Seattle then missed a punt late in the half that set up another San Francisco touchdown and was unable to mount anything after falling 20-0.

The only score came on a basket return blocked by Michael Jackson.

“Pretty far from week to week,” Carroll said. “This league reminds you how humbled you are. We didn’t do anything the way we wanted today on the line of scrimmage, on either side of the ball, we didn’t do things right. It would have been very difficult to win this match today with the way we played. You can’t play football like that.


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