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49ers vs. Seahawks Week 2 Live Blog

As close to a must win as a Week 2 game can be.
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SANTA CLARA -- This is the live blog for the 49ers' Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.

The magic number for the 49ers is 25. If Lance throws 25 or fewer passes, the 49ers will win. If he throws more than 25 passes, they probably will lose. Because that would mean the 49ers had fallen behind like last week, and Lance had to lead a comeback.

Lance isn't built to bring the 49ers back from a deficit yet. And he's not supposed to. Before the season, both Kyle Shanahan and Nick Bosa said Lance's job this season is to not make big mistakes, because the rest of the team is so elite. He doesn't have to be the star. He's a supporting actor.

That means the 49ers defense, which called itself the best in the NFL all offseason, needs to play like it for 60 minutes today. And if it plays up to its standard, then the best complement will be a strong running game, which Lance can provide. He doesn't need to pass lots of times to win. The fewer passes he attempts, especially in the rain, the better.

The 49ers should treat Lance the way the Steelers treated Ben Roethlisberger when he was a first-year starter. That year, the Steelers had big-time aspirations, meaning there was lots of pressure on Roethlisberger to win right away. And he won 13 straight starts that season, but threw the ball more than 25 times in a game only once. He was a game manager at first. That's what Lance needs to be today.

11:37 Here are the 49ers' inactives:

George Kittle

Daniel Brunskill

Brock Purdy

Nick Zakelj

Kemoko Turay


1:50 My server somehow deleted the first quarter of the live blog. Here's what happened: Trey Lance appeared to break his ankle running between the tackles on a designed quarterback run on 2nd and 8. Jimmy Garoppolo replaced him and just threw a touchdown pass to a wide open Ross Dwelley for 38 yards. The 49ers lead 13-0.


1:52 Mike McGlinchey gave Jimmy Garoppolo a huge chest bump after that touchdown pass to Dwelley.

1:55 On 2nd and 12 from the Seattle 40, Tashaun Gipson picks off Geno Smith. The 49ers take over at midfield.

2:00 On 3rd and 8 from the Seahawks 38, Garoppolo throws a long incomplete pass behind Aiyuk. Then they go for it on 4th and 8, and the Seahawks call timeout. After the timeout, Garoppolo throws deep to Danny Gray and almost gets intercepted by Qunadre Diggs. Just a horrible throw and an absurd call.

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2:11 On 2nd and 4 from the 49ers 7, the Seahawks call a trick play in which a running back attempts a pass, but he throws it right to Charvarius Ward, who intercepts him. The 49ers take over at their 7.

2:15 On 3rd and 5 from the 49ers, Garoppolo throws a four-yard pass off his back to Samuel, who makes a one-handed catch in traffic. Then the 49ers punt, the Seahawks muff it and the 49ers recover.

2:22 On 1st and goal from the 1, Garoppolo hands off to Kyle Juszczyk, who scores. There's your fullback, Mr. Shanahan.

49ers 20, Seahawks 0.

2:29 The first half ends. The Seahawks will get the ball to start the third quarter.

2:43 All the halftime show gurus are loving Garoppolo - great experience, picture perfect release, tight spiral, great leader, etc. Nobody is questioning Shanahan's play selection of running Lance on a QB designed run for the 4th or 5th time in just a little over 1 quarter of football.


2:47 On 3rd and 11 from the Seattle 15, Smith completes a 9-yard pass to Tyler Lockett, and the Seahawks punt. The 49ers take over at their 29.

2:58 On 3rd and goal from the 2, Jake Brendel fumbles the snap and Ross Dwelley recovers. Then the 49ers attempt a short field goal, and the Seahawks block it, recover it and return it for a touchdown.

49ers 20, Seahawks 7.

3:09 On 3rd and 9 from the 49ers 46, Garoppolo throws a one-hopper to Juszczyk in the flat, and the 49ers punt. The Seahawks take over at their 13.


3:17 The Seahawks punt on 4th and 1 from their 22. The 49ers take over at their 25.

3:22 On 3rd and 8 from the 49ers 44, Garoppolo throws a one-hopper to Aiyuk, and the 49ers go 3 and out. The Seahawks take over at their 8.

3:29 On 3rd and 12 from the Seattle 32, Nick Bosa and Drake Jackson sack Smith for a loss of nine. The Seahawks punt, and the 49ers take over at their 38 after a nice return by Ray-Ray McCloud.

3:48 Jimmy Garoppolo scores a touchdown on a quarterback sneak.

49ers 27, Seahawks 7.

The 49ers win. Stay tuned for their grades.