San Francisco 49ers: 2013 Week 2 Upon Further Review NFC

Week 13 and 15 games against Seattle jump off the schedule. These are the two best teams in the NFL, and the late-season battles loom huge. But the truth is the San Francisco 49ers cannot afford any stumbles. They started 1-2 last season and could never catch up as the Seahawks finished 13-3 and the 49ers 12-4. It cost the 49ers home field in the playoffs. They have road games at Dallas and Arizona and home games against Chicago and Philadelphia in the first quarter of the season. If they are anything less than 3-1, they could be in a hole. On the flip side, if the 49ers -- who will not be at full strength on defense to start -- can navigate a perfect first quarter, it could set up a special season.

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Upon Further Review: 49ers Week 2

September, 16, 2013
9/16/13
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An examination of four hot issues from the San Francisco 49ers' 29-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks:

Tough night for Kaepernick: This loss is not on quarterback Colin Kaepernick by any stretch. But he was not good. At all. A week after he played superbly against Green Bay, throwing for 412 yards, Kaepernick threw for just 127 yards and committed four turnovers. His quarterback rating was 14.0, the worst of his 12-start NFL career. He was out of sync all game. Afterward, Kaepernick shouldered the blame, saying the 49ers can’t win if he plays that poorly. The bottom line is he is still an inexperienced player. He is obviously talented and already accomplished. But he is going to have the occasional stinker.

[+] EnlargeAnquan Boldin
AP Photo/John FroschauerSeattle's defense held Anquan Boldin to one reception on Sunday night.
Boldin and Davis disappear: A major reason Kaepernick was so effective last week was because of receiver Anquan Boldin and tight end Vernon Davis. Boldin had 13 catches for 208 yards in his San Francisco debut. Every yard was vital. On Sunday, the Seahawks totally took Boldin away. He had one catch for seven yards. He was a non-factor. Davis followed up a six-catch, 98-yard performance with three catches for 20 yards before he left with a hamstring injury. Teams will try to blueprint Seattle’s plan and force the 49ers’ other receivers to beat them. However, that may not work because Seattle’s secondary is special. I can see Boldin and Davis quickly bouncing back.

Lynch dominates again: San Francisco is usually stout against the run. But it has problems against Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch. Lynch had 98 yards on the ground and scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving). Lynch was the difference on a night when Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson was not dominant.

Penalties a problem: The 49ers were called for four personal fouls. They had 12 penalties for 121 yards. In two games, the 49ers have 23 penalties. That’s ridiculous. Good teams cannot kill themselves with silly penalties. It is up to coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff to fix this issue sooner rather than later.

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