Originally posted by OregonNiner87:
Not play 90+ snaps the week before on a short week. Not have Aldon Smith or Justin Smith be hurt.
Yes, and those 90+ snaps were played in damp, bone-chilling cold conditions. If you've ever had to do hard physical labor for an extended period of time in damp cold like that, you know it sucks the energy right out of you. And then the Seattle game took place in similar conditions. Toward the end of a long, physically demanding season. I think the 49er's would have had hard time beating the Seahawks in Seattle even without those factors because the Seahawks are an excellent football team that are really hard to beat in Seattle, but I think those are the reasons that the game turned into a blowout rather than being a closer loss.
Thank goodness they played Arizona for the last game of the season to get their confidence back up before going into the post-season. And thank goodness they won the division because they really needed the extra week of rest (especially the defense) before heading into the run for the Superbowl.
For this years game - I think the key will be pressure from the front line of the defense and sealing the running lanes.
[ Edited by 49erphan on Aug 8, 2013 at 7:29 AM ]