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49ers denied by play calls, bad calls and missed plays

On the first play of Sunday’s NFC title game in the Emerald City, San Francisco outside linebacker Aldon Smith sacked Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, forcing a fumble, which he recovered to put the 49ers in perfect position to record the equivalent of a first-round knock-down in boxing.

While the knock-down might not win the prize fight at that moment, it both sent a message of watch out, and set the attitude and tone of the match that it’s just a matter of time before they eventually win.

Unfortunately, San Francisco wasted the perfect chance for a gridiron knock-down of the Seahawks, and their loud fans, by, again, not scoring a touchdown and settling for a field goal.

The 49ers’ first play after Smith’s big-time forced turnover and fumble recovery should have been a quarterback Colin Kaepernick pass into the end zone, followed by more aggressive passes in the end zone, or an early scramble by Kaepernick – whatever the means, go for and get that quick touchdown,

But, by not being the quick aggressors and taking a key advantage in the championship playoff game, which decides the NFC representative in the Super Bowl, the Niners didn’t seize the early offensive momentum and go on to build a 14-0 lead, which looks more daunting than a 10-0 advantage, with the difference of those extra four points proving costly in the end.


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