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January 15, 2014
49ers turnover woes vs. Seattle has been a tale of two cities


Colin Kaepernick has thrown 11 regular-season interceptions in his career. Four of them have come in two games in Seattle.

The 49ers' quarterback had one of the better touchdown-to-interception ratios in the league this year. And both he and his head coach said today that being careful with the ball will be essential against Seattle's opportunistic defense that led the league with 39 takeaways this season.

Jim Harbaugh said coaches are reminding their players of the importance of turnovers "daily, hourly." "The Seattle defense is looking to get the ball at all times, create turnovers in any situation, generate them on all downs," he said. "They're looking to take the ball away."

During their two previous trips to Seattle, the 49ers have thrown four interceptions and committed three fumbles. That's not counting a blocked David Akers' kick in 2012 that Richard Sherman returned 90 yards for a touchdown. That sequence occurred on the first play of the second quarter of what quickly turned into Seahawks route. The final score was 42-13. A promising 49ers drive in the first quarter of their most recent trip to Seattle, a 29-3 Seahawks win, ended when safety Earl Thomas intercepted a Kaepernick pass to Vernon Davis.

The 49ers have not been perfect in their recent home wins against Seattle. Alex Smith threw an interception in 2012 and Kaepernick threw one on Dec. 8. But the turnover ration has been even in those games while it's been lopsided, 7-2, in the two games in Seattle.

Kaepernick threw an interception in the second quarter against Green Bay last week, but the 49ers did not commit any turnovers Sunday in Carolina. What's more, they got out to quick starts in both playoff games, subduing the crowd early on in both contests.

"I think we came out and executed better to start games," Kaepernick said today. "That's something we try to do throughout the whole game."

-- 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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