Seahawks receiver Golden Tate dropped two crucial passes Thursday
Seahawks receiver Golden Tate dropped two passes Thursday in Seattle's 13-6 loss to the 49ers. The Seahawks dropped five passes in the game.
Seattle Times staff reporter
SAN FRANCISCO — Golden Tate was targeted more than 50 times a year ago, and he didn't drop a pass.
On Thursday night in the Seahawks' 13-6 loss to the 49ers, he dropped two. One was a potential game-changing play in the first half and the other a critical third-and-two in the second half.
That prompted the Seahawks to use Braylon Edwards more at split end in the second half, though Tate was back on the field in the fourth quarter.
Tate wasn't alone as there were five dropped passes by four players.
"We've got to figure out a way — as a receiving group — to go up and get balls to help us," Tate said. "It starts with myself. Before the half, I've got to come down with one of those. A huge first down. I have to catch that. The team relies on me to catch that, and do what I do best — gain some yards.
"Honestly, I take it personally, this loss. I feel like I could have done something to put us in a better position to win this game at the end or get a lead."
The Seahawks threw the ball to Sidney Rice just once in the first half.
It was a pass that didn't go his way in the third quarter that appeared to draw his frustration. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw deep downfield toward Edwards, despite three 49ers defenders in the area.
Wilson, who was about to be hit by 49ers linebacker NaVorro Brown, overthrew Edwards, his pass picked off by 49ers safety Dashon Goldson.
As the play ended, television cameras showed Rice reacting demonstrably, going so far as to throw his mouthpiece onto the ground afterward.
Rice finished the game with two catches, one coming on Seattle's final possession. He declined to answer questions after the game.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he thought Rice was reacting to the lack of a pass-interference call on that third-quarter play, and Wilson was also asked if Rice was frustrated.
"Sidney and I are close," Wilson said. "He's a guy who loves to compete at the highest level, and obviously I want to get the ball to Sidney as much as I can ... Sidney and I just want to win, and that's our goal, no matter what it takes."
Just for kicks
Steven Hauschka kicked a 52-yard field goal on Seattle's first possession, capping a 62-yard drive and tying his mark for longest field goal as a Seahawk.
Hauschka had made 11 of the 12 field goals he attempted in the first six games, the only miss coming on a 50-yard attempt that was blocked in Arizona.
Hauschka's 52-yarder was his longest this season. He has made four of the eight field-goal attempts of more than 50 yards.
Hauschka made a 35-yard field goal in the second quarter, his 13th consecutive made field goal. Hauschka missed a 51-yard attempt with 6:56 left in the second quarter.
• Ted Ginn Jr. did his best to give San Francisco a boost in the final two minutes of the first half, returning a punt 38 yards and giving the 49ers the ball at midfield.
San Francisco did exactly nothing with it as Alex Smith threw back-to-back incompletions and was sacked.
• Seattle was penalized three times in the game, two against left tackle Russell Okung, who was called for holding and a false start.
It matched the second-fewest penalties called against Seattle since Carroll became coach.
• Wilson was intercepted in the third quarter on a deep throw to Edwards, but Carroll did not focus on that mistake after the game.
"We were looking for a big play," he said. "It was such a long play that I felt it was like a punt. The field position wasn't bad for us there."