A critical penalty call in the fourth quarter Sunday left 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh shaking his head on the sideline and general manager Trent Baalke pounding his fist in the press box.
Trailing 10-7 early in the quarter, the 49ers appeared to have forced the Seahawks into a field-goal attempt when Russell Wilson’s third-and-5 pass attempt from San Francisco’s 15-yard line fell incomplete.
Instead, Seattle got a fresh set of downs. Linebacker Nick Moody – who with safety Antoine Bethea crashed into Wilson as he was throwing – was flagged for roughing the passer. Two plays later, Wilson gunned a 10-yard touchdown pass to Paul Richardson that effectively put the game out of reach.
Afterward, referee Ed Hochuli said he felt Moody, who was in the game for the injured Chris Borland, hit Wilson “in the chest with the hairline, and that’s a foul unless he has his face completely up.”
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Harbaugh and Baalke were in disbelief.
“No, I didn’t agree with the call,” Harbaugh said. “I did not get an explanation on that one. All three personal foul calls I did not agree with.”
The two others came on the same Seattle drive in the first quarter and were committed by safety Eric Reid, who wasn’t called for a penalty last season. Reid was accused of hitting one receiver out of bounds, then was flagged for hitting a defenseless receiver. Reid said he hit the receiver in the chest.
“From the time I played pee wee (league), my coach told me to hit him as hard as I can,” he said. “That’s what I try to do.”
The two fouls accounted for 30 yards of the Seahawks’ 62-yard drive, which ended in a field goal.
Reid made an interception in the shadow of his end zone that he returned 73 yards as time expired in the first half. Borland injured his ankle on the return and didn’t play in the second half. He still led the 49ers with six tackles.
Brooks starts – Ahmad Brooks, who didn’t play last week in Oakland after missing a defensive meeting, was back at his familiar spot at left outside linebacker at the start of Sunday’s game.
Brooks and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio had a talk after the Raiders game, and Brooks presumably had a good week of practice. He finished with three tackles and a sack, and he leads the 49ers with six sacks this season.
Brooks, however, was one of several wounded 49ers, and he missed the second half because of a thumb injury. His job next season also is very much in doubt. He is scheduled to count approximately $9 million against the salary cap, and the 49ers reportedly tried to trade him in October.
Et cetera – Garrett Celek’s 31-yard catch in the first quarter was the longest of the year by a 49ers tight end. Vernon Davis had a 29-yard reception against Dallas in Week 1. Celek left because of an ankle injury and did not return. He was replaced by rookie Asante Cleveland (Christian Brothers High School).
▪ Davis’ stat line: two targets, zero catches. Fullback Bruce Miller led 49ers pass catchers with four catches for 56 yards.
▪ Running back Carlos Hyde said he injured his back and knee but said neither was serious. “I’m feeling pain. I’ll be all right, though,” he said. “It wasn’t as bad as it looked. It was minor. I’ll be back next week.”
▪ Defensive lineman Tank Carradine finished with two sacks, the first of his career.
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