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September 15, 2013
49ers notes: Offense unveils no-huddle; no ill-will over Sherman's pat

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The 49ers hoped to take some some of the energy out of the Seahawks defense and CenturyLink stadium with a no-huddle attack, which they unveiled at the start of the game. Their initial drive, however, stalled after gaining nine yards and the 49ers, held without a touchdown on Sunday for the first time since an Oct. 14 blowout loss to the Giants, had to punt.

"I think we are very comfortable with it," Colin Kaepernick said of the no-huddle offense. "I think we moved the ball well when we were in it, but once again we had drives that stalled."

Kaepernick also said the 49ers thought they had a good play called when he threw a third-down pass to Vernon Davis in the end zone in the first quarter. Cornerback Walter Thurmond, however, came off the man he was covering and tipped the ball in the air. It was intercepted by safety Earl Thomas.

"We had gone over it during the week, and we thought it was something we might have had," Kaepernick said. "And one of the defenders came off and made a play on the ball and it got deflected in the air."

The Seahwks obviously did a good job of getting under the 49ers' skin during the game, but that was not Richard Sherman's intent when it was over, Jim Harbaugh said. Sherman, the Seahawks loquacious cornerback who played for Harbaugh at Stanford, gave Harbaugh a pat on the back after the game. Sherman didn't wait for Harbaugh to react before he took off in another direction. Afterward, he told NFL Network Harbaugh's reaction smacked of poor sportsmanship.

"I told him good job, good game, but he didn't give me nothing back," Sherman said. "I guess sportsmanship doesn't go both ways."

Harbaugh, however, had a different story.

"He came up and patted me on the back," Harbaugh said. "(I) congratulated him. The same with Doug (Baldwin). Let's congratulate the Seahawks. They played a hell of a game." Baldwin also played under Harbaugh at Stanford.

Did Harbaugh consider Sherman's gesture taunting? "No, no, no - it was in good faith," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh said that it appears nose tackle Ian Williams broke his ankle in the first quarter when he was hit by a Seahawks offensive lineman. "Looked like he was engaged on the play and the back-side guard came down and cut him," Harbaugh said.

Asked if it was an illegal chop block, Harbaugh said, "No, it's legal the way the rules are set up."

The 49ers likely will place Williams on injured reserve this week, which would end his season. Backup Glenn Dorsey played well in reserve. He finished with five tackles, including a sack and a tackle for loss. He also was credited with a quarterback hit.

Et cetera - Ray McDonald said X-rays on his ankle were negative. McDonald suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter. He was limping badly after the game but operating under his own power.

* Seahawks offensive tackle Russell Okung left the game in the second quarter with an apparent toe injury. Shortly after, Aldon Smith beat Okung's replacement, Paul McQuistan, for the first of his two sacks on the evening. Smith now has 3 ½ sacks on the season.

* The largest crowd ever to attend CenturyLink Field -- announced at 68,338 fans -- set a Guiness World Record for reaching a noise level of 131.9 decibels. The previous record holders, the fans of Galatasary, a Turkish soccer team, reached 131.76 decibels during a match against rival Fenerbahce on March 18, 2011.

* Two 49ers who did not play in last week's opener against the Packers were in uniform Sunday. Defensive end Demarcus Dobbs, who was suspended last week, filled in at times for Justin Smith at right defensive end. Recently signed receiver Kassim Osgood played on special teams and was in for at least one snap on offense.

* Marlon Moore had his first reception as a 49er, a six yarder in the fourth quarter. Kyle Williams led the 49ers in receiving with four catches for 39 yards.

* The 49ers were 3-12 on third downs, 25 percent. The Seahawks weren't that much better. They were 5-16 for 31 percent. However, Seattle held the ball for 36:43. The 49ers had it for 23:17.

* Prior to Sunday's game, the Seahawks signed defensive lineman Clinton McDonald. To make room on their roster, they released offensive tackle Mike Person, who was a seventh-round pick by the 49ers in 2011.

* The most recent game between the 49ers and Seahawks was played on Harbaugh's birthday. Sunday's rematch was on Pete Carroll's 62nd birthday. The Seahawks coach was born in San Francisco and went to high school in Larkspur.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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