Seahawks had to play mistake-free, and Travis Homer made a big one
Listen, I agree with you. A lot went wrong with this game. As Lee Vowell wrote, the offense couldn’t sustain drives and the Niners actually played it safe a few times, or the score could have been much worse.
And there were certainly some questionable coaching decisions. Like, how does Ken Walker get just six carries in the first half, when it was 7-3 until there was less than a minute to play? Mind-boggling. I thought this was the team that ran the ball too much.
I have to preface this statement with another: Travis Homer is a very good player. No, he didn’t pick up many yards against Carolina last week, it’s true. Please refer to the previous comment about the offensive line for more on that. I can’t blame the coaching on this, either. Walker can’t be in the game for every play, and Homer is the third-down specialist. It made perfect sense for him to be in the game (even though it was second and five).
Yes, it was a solid hit. Two solid hits, in fact, and Niners linebacker Dre Greenlaw punched the ball out with the precision of Muhammad Ali. But you cannot fumble the ball, regardless of the play.
I’m not saying Homer is a bad player. I’m not even saying it was a bad play on his part. But the fact remains he fumbled the ball, and two players later, the 7-3 ballgame was 14-3 with less than a minute on the clock. Homer will make great plays for the Seahawks again, I have no doubt. But this was a pivotal play in a game Seattle desperately needed to win.