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Second-half turnovers a theme in Seattle

1/21/2014

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Tuesday, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said he is already working and competing toward getting better for the future.

It is clear a main objective of the 2014 49ers will be to be better than the NFC rival Seattle Seahawks. The 49ers lost the division title by one game to Seattle. That may have been the difference in going back to another Super Bowl. The Seahawks hosted the 49ers in the NFC title game Sunday, winning, 23-17, in the final seconds.

Making sure they spend as little time as possible playing in Seattle is paramount for the 49ers. Sunday’s game continued a common theme for the 49ers there -- they struggled in the second half. Seattle outscored the 49ers 20-7 in the second half Sunday. The 49ers committed three turnovers in the second half.

The 49ers have been outscored by a total 65-33 in the second half of their past four games in Seattle. Turnovers are a big reason why.

The 49ers committed nine turnovers in the second halves of those games. The Seahawks turned the ball over just once in those four games. The Seahawks scored 27 points directly off the turnovers.

So, as the 49ers point toward the future this nagging fact is a good starting point to begin its concentration.