4:05 PM ET, September 30, 2007
Monster Park, San Francisco, CA
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The balance of power in the NFC West hasn't moved an inch to the south. The Seattle Seahawks are still on top -- just as 308-pound defensive tackle Rocky Bernard illustrated by landing right on poor Alex Smith.Matt Hasselbeck passed for 281 yards and two touchdowns, Bernard separated Smith's shoulder with a sack on the third play, and the Seahawks remained the best in the West with a 23-3 victory over the struggling 49ers on Sunday.
Alex Smith or Trent Dilfer, it really doesn't matter for the 49ers' offense right now. Dilfer replaced an injured Smith (shoulder) early in the first quarter but had the same issues. The Seattle defensive backs took San Francisco out of the game by playing aggressive press coverage against the slower 49ers receivers. Darrell Jackson and Arnaz Battle lack the speed to separate consistently, and that forced Dilfer to hold the ball longer, which led to his being, sacked, hurried and harassed all day long. With TE Vernon Davis out, the Seahawks were able to play their safeties close to the line of scrimmage, take away the run game and lock up the 49ers receivers one-on-one on the outside. Until San Francisco finds a way to open up the offense, it will see many more days like this offensively regardless who is playing quarterback.
-- Jeremy Green, Scouts Inc.
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Third-string Seahawks RB Alvin Pearman incurred an apparently serious knee injury, though Holmgren won't know its extent until Monday. ... Backup Seahawks QB Seneca Wallace lined up on offense on a handful of plays, throwing a pass, catching an 18-yard throw and running the ball once. "It's a great opportunity to do something to help this team," he said. "I'll do whatever they want me to." ... WR Darrell Jackson, traded to San Francisco in April after seven years in Seattle, had three quiet catches for 38 yards.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.2||3.1|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||12:55||Josh Brown 23 Yd||3||0|
|TD||06:10||Bobby Engram 17 Yd Pass From Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown Kick)||10||0|
|FG||00:57||Josh Brown 31 Yd||13||0|
|TD||12:11||Marcus Pollard 14 Yd Pass From Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown Kick)||20||0|
|FG||04:36||Joe Nedney 43 Yd||20||3|
|FG||14:49||Josh Brown 25 Yd||23||3|