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How will the 49ers respond to Sunday's loss to the Seahawks?

Leading Off: Kaepernick, Pence, A's elicit key questions

Published: Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Midweek ponderables:

• Colin Kaepernick's march to football immortality staggered somewhat Sunday night, knocked sideways by a Seattle Seahawks defense that was well-coached and ready. The dismal showing by the 49ers' offense was less a statement about Kaepernick's ability – or even the efficacy of the read-option offense – than reaffirmation of how a superior defense can make even a good offensive unit look bad. Now we'll get an idea of how good Jim Harbaugh and his staff are at making adjustments that have clearly been forced on them.

• Hunter Pence is making a classic stretch-run contract push, and his late-season performance has been epic. His 2013 statistics could look very MVP-like: .285-plus batting average, 25-30 homers, 20-plus stolen bases and 100 or more RBIs. But consider what might have been had Pence gotten hot earlier in the year, perhaps spreading his production more evenly over a season in which the Giants were woefully inept at driving in crucial runs. It's hard not to experience at least a twinge of what-might-have-been when looking back at the Giants' twisted pile of close losses this season.

• The A's might be the best team in baseball, yet attendance in Oakland continues to be poor. O.co Coliseum's baseball capacity is about 35,000, and the A's average home attendance is 22,210 (about 63 percent capacity), putting them 24th among the 30 major-league teams. Is it the antiquated ballpark? An uninspired fan base? The tradition of alternating eras of great-then-terrible teams? It's too bad, because it's a team worth watching.

Today's poll

How will the 49ers respond to Sunday's loss to the Seahawks?

• They'll whip the Colts this weekend.

• They'll lose to the Colts this weekend.

Vote above or leave your comments in the comment field; or, go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Tuesday's results

What do you think about the Kings bringing back Kayte Christensen?

• She's a great addition to the broadcast team: 66%

• She won't add anything to the broadcasts: 13%

• Who's she? 21%

Total votes: 309

<;MXn Call The Bee’s Xxxxx Xxxxxxxx, (916) 321-XXXX.>– Brian Blomster bblomster@sacbee.com

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MATTHEW 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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