A week after Washington slugged it out with San Diego State in a game that produced 85 points combined, the Huskies nearly equaled that tally themselves in a high-scoring affair with Eastern Washington.
This was not defiant Jim Harbaugh, or testy Harbaugh, or even combative Harbaugh. After a loss Sunday that knocked the 49ers out of the playoffs and added more force to Harbaugh’s inevitable shove out the door in San Francisco, the coach exuded mostly acquiescence.
It takes a game like Sunday’s to define how well the Seahawks are playing. This time, against the rival San Francisco 49ers, against a team fighting to remain in playoff contention, the Seahawks were neither overpowering nor outstanding. And they still won 17-7.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick found a rhythm early in Sunday’s make-or-break showdown with the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The 49ers converted an early fourth down to take a 7-3. But in the second half, San Francisco faded, as did its playoff hopes.