Seattle – The injuries have finally taken a toll on the 49ers. Starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo appeared to have re-injured his ankle in the third quarter and did not return. Tight end George Kittle injured his foot early in the fourth quarter and did not return. San Francisco’s two-game winning streak came to an end today when they lost 37-27 to the Seattle Seahawks.
“I knew it was hurt once we all saw it and he didn’t go back in on that one play,” Kyle Shanahan said regarding Garoppolo’s injury. “He had a good week of practice throwing, but high ankle sprains linger, so you never know when it’s going to affect you. I know he hurt it later in the game, or re-hurt it, and we’ll wait until tomorrow to see how bad it is.”
The 49ers also lost running back Tevin Coleman in the first quarter with a knee injury. Dante Pettis left the game dejected in the third quarter with a shoulder injury after he fumbled the ball on a kickoff return. Kittle made an outstanding catch between two defenders, then immediately hobbled off to the sideline, then he walked towards the locker room.
“Nothing was broken at least on the X-rays, so we’ve got to check MRIs and stuff tomorrow,” said Shanahan.
San Francisco tried to rally late when Nick Mullens took over in the fourth. He finished the game 18-for-25 for 238 yards including two touchdowns. He made a handoff pass to Jerick McKinnon for a 1-yard touchdown. Mullens found Ross Dwelley (who replaced Kittle) for a 16-yard touchdown and then connected with Brandon Aiyuk for a 3-yard touchdown. But that wasn’t enough to stop Seattle who already had big lead.
Russell Wilson was in MVP form after throwing four touchdowns. DeKaylin “DK” Metcalf was his primary target earlier as he recorded two touchdowns in the first half. Wilson connected with Metcalf for a 46-yard and 2-yard touchdown. By the second Wilson found rookie Deejay Dallas for a 2-yard touchdown, while making his first first career start. Dallas also rushed for a 1-yard touchdown late in the fourth.
The 49ers return home for a short week before they host the Green Bay Packers for Thursday Night Football.
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