A look back at the week that was and the week that will be for the Seahawks:
Anatomy of a 23-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers
Matt Hasselbeck’s tender ribs: The word this morning remained more positive than the situation looked after the team’s QB struggled to get off the field at Candlestick Park following his collision near the goal line with 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis.
Hasselbeck will get additional tests, but the X-rays taken Sunday were negative that led to an initial prognosis of bruised ribs. Coach Jim Mora will provide an update during his news conference this afternoon.
Adding to the frustration of the injury was how well Hasselbeck ran the two-minute offense on the same drive where he was injured. Hasselbeck moved the team from its own 30-yard line to the 49ers’ 4 by hitting passes over the middle (7 yards to running back Justin Forsett), to the left (6 yards to wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh and 15 yards to rookie Deon Butler) and to the right (13 yards to wide receiver Nate Burleson).
Frank Gore’s thundering thighs: It seemed the Seahawks had found a way to contain the 49ers’ bruising back. After he ran for 212 and 144 yards against them in 2006, the Seahawks had limited him to an average of 76.5 yards in the past four meetings.
But Sunday, Gore got more than that on each of his two long TD runs – a 79-yarder in the first quarter and an 80-yarder on the first play of the second half.
Give the 49ers credit for the scheme that broke him free against a Seahawks defense that had eight players stacked to stop him. But the Seahawks also had breakdowns on each run that greased Gore’s path.
Justin Forsett’s plays-bigger-than-he-is body: He’s only 5 feet 8, but the second-year back from Cal made the most of his homecoming. Forsett broke several tackles while running five times for 35 yards and catching six passes for 57 yards.
He ran downhill, and hard, but also displayed some elusiveness that equated to Forsett averaging 8.4 yards each time he had the ball.
Lawrence Jackson’s flailing arms: For everyone who was ready to label last year’s first-round draft choice a bust, let’s check the video. The second-year defensive end collected two of the team’s four sacks against the 49ers and now has three in two games.
But even more impressive than getting the sacks was how Jackson got them – with relentless effort. On his first, he beat 326-pound tackle Tony Pashos. On the second, Jackson reached around a blocker to slap the ball from the hand of QB Shaun Hill.
Grin, and Bear it
The first order of business this week is getting healthy – or as healthy as possible – after the team lost four more starters at Candlestick Park on Sunday: middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu (aggravated strained hamstring), tackle Sean Locklear (sprained ankle), cornerback Josh Wilson (sprained ankle) and Hasselbeck.
The Bears are much closer to the 49ers than the Rams in terms of their physical approach to the game and the ability to run Matt Forte behind a big offensive line that allows Jay Cutler to throw the ball when he wants to rather than because he has to.
Getting some bodies back would help. Mora alluded to that in his post-game Q&A session on Sunday.
Left tackle Walter Jones and center Chris Spencer moved closer to returning by getting some practice time last week .