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.