Around the NFC West: 49ers persevere

September, 15, 2008
9/15/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers had gone 60 games without a 300-yard passer -- until Sunday.

Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle saw a mature quarterback in the latter stages of the 49ers' victory. O'Sullivan didn't look like a guy making only his second NFL start.

Also from FitzGerald: Patrick Willis hadn't scored a touchdown since high school. That changed in a big way against Seattle.

More from FitzGerald: A postgame report card featuring symbols instead of letter grades.

Cam Inman of the Contra Costa Times says the 49ers love J.T. O'Sullivan. Right tackle Barry Sims compared O'Sullivan to Rich Gannon.

David Fucillo of Niners Nation looks at the good, bad and ugly from the 49ers' victory. He wondered why the 49ers' defense didn't do more to stop Seattle tight end John Carlson.

Matt Maiocco of Instant 49ers says coach Mike Nolan got what he expected from the Seahawks in terms of offensive scheme. Meanwhile, Sims provided an upgrade at right tackle after Jonas Jennings suffered a shoulder injury.

Also from Maiocco: The 49ers showed resiliency for a change.

More from Maiocco: Play-by-play coverage of the 49ers.

And this from Maiocco: A report card questioning whether the 49ers should have been more aggressive on defense.

Still more from Maiocco: Manny Lawson's special-teams play made up for the fact that he played zero snaps on defense. The 49ers went with five defensive backs, something they have done regularly against the Seahawks.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee thinks Nolan can make it through the bye week as coach if the 49ers show similar fight against the Lions in Week 3. Also, Takeo Spikes was far better this week, taking over after the first series and playing the rest of the game at the "Ted" linebacker spot. 

Also from Barrows: Willis missed 14 plays with an injury.

More from Barrows: The 49ers should go after Mike Holmgren for their front office once Holmgren is finished coaching the Seahawks.

And this from Barrows: Willis' interception return silenced the NFL's loudest stadium.

One more from Barrows: The 49ers have enough faith in their offense to keep fighting even when they fall behind.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News said Joe Nedney loved silencing the Seattle crowd with his game-winning field goal.

Also from Brown: O'Sullivan's last game like this came against ... Western Oregon in 1999.

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