A recap of the day’s activities:
The 49ers, in general, and Frank Gore, specifically. Coach Jim Mora allowed his players a few minutes to bask in their first road victory of the season, and then told them to move on – to this week’s rematch with the 49ers and their bruising running back at Qwest Field.
As important as Sunday’s 27-17 win over the Rams in St. Louis was, the next obvious step is winning back-to-back games – and doing against a San Francisco team that defeated the Seahawks 23-10 in Week 2.
“We spent the afternoon with the team,” Mora said. “I asked them to quickly get their focus off of yesterday, take the lessons learned, apply them forward and get their mind on San Francisco. Because this is a big week for us.”
In that Week 2 loss to the 49ers, Gore ran for 207 yards, including touchdown runs of 80 and 79 yards. Since then, however, the Seahawks have been able to hold other productive backs below their season averages in rushing yards and yards per carry.
“I would think we’ve fixed them,” Mora said of the problems the defense had against Gore.
With the exception of a 25-yard run by Steven Jackson on the Rams’ second play. After that, Jackson had 64 yards on 22 carries, a 2.9-yard average.
“We were in the wrong gap,” Mora said of Jackson’s long run. “That’s what happened against Gore. But we’ve done a nice job overall of fixing those leaks. But a guy like (Gore) forces you to be on it. I mean, you better be exact. So that will be a point of emphasis this week. You cannot have an error in your run fits because he’s proven that he takes it the distance if you do.”
The 49ers slapped a 20-3 loss on the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, upping their record to 5-6 – one game ahead of the Seahawks (4-7) and two games behind the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals (7-4).
The 49ers’ opponent in Week 14? The Cardinals. In Arizona. On Monday Night Football.
The game balls from Sunday’s win went to Justin Forsett (offense), Jordan Babineaux (defense) and D.D. Lewis (special teams).
Forsett, a second-year running back, had career bests in rushing yards (130), carries (22), touchdowns (two) and long run (26). Babineaux, in his first season as the starting free safety, had a season-high 13 tackles and also intercepted a pass in the end zone. Lewis had a coverage tackle and led a solid effort by the special teams.
The status of leading rusher Julius Jones for Sunday’s game will be determined as the week progresses, Mora said. Jones, who bruised a lung against the Cardinals two weeks ago, was not able to play against the Rams because he was “still experiencing tenderness to the touch and pain,” as Mora put it.
“I don’t know where he’ll be this week, right now,” Mora said. “Hopefully, he’ll be ready to play. But I can’t say with any certainty that that will be the case.”
Also in question is defensive lineman Cory Redding, who had one of the team’s four sacks against the Rams. He got a concussion and also will be elevated throughout the week.
OUT AND ABOUT
’Tis the season to make appearances and some of the Seahawks will be out in the community this week:
Wide receivers Nate Burleson and former fullback Mack Strong are hosting a Monday Night Football party today to benefit Childhaven. It starts at 5 p.m. at Fox Sports Grill, 1522 Sixth Ave. in Seattle.
Middle linebacker David Hawthorne will sign autographs from noon to 1 .m. on Tuesday at the Pro Shop at Pacific Place, 600 Pine Street in Seattle; while fullback Owen Schmitt will be at the Pro Shop at Qwest Field from 6-7 p.m.
YOU DON’T SAY
“It was a good decision because it worked. If we had not gotten it, it would have been an awful decision. Awful decision. As many times those decisions are. If they work, ‘Phew.’ If they don’t, you’re a goat. It worked, thank goodness.” – Mora, on his decision to go for it on a fourth-and-1 play against the Rams where Forsett broke an 11-yard run