K'Waun Williams vs. Tyler Lockett matchup could decide 49ers-Seahawks

K'Waun Williams vs. Tyler Lockett matchup could decide 49ers-Seahawks

SANTA CLARA — Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin's retirement might have originally eased the anxiety 49ers fans feel when facing their rival, but it appears Tyler Lockett has stepped into the role seamlessly. 

The 49ers have their work cut out for them Monday night when trying to slow down quarterback Russell Wilson. But the most interesting matchup in the Week 10 NFC West battle might be between 49ers cornerback K’Waun Williams and Wilson’s favorite target: Lockett. 

“We just gotta make sure we are on our keys and our assignments and go out there and play our ball,” Williams said. “Everyone in this league has talent. Every week is a big challenge so we all have our work cut out for us this week.”  

Williams knows the challenges of covering Lockett who leads the league with 604 yards out of the slot over nine games. Lockett also has racked up three 100-yards games. In two of those games, he netted over 150 yards.

Lockett’s 767 receiving yards lead Seattle's wide receiver group with rookie D.K. Metcalf not far behind with a total of 525. It remains to be seen how much newly acquired receiver Josh Gordon will be in the mix, but Wilson has been known to find his man. 

“They are all crafty they all have a skill set,” Williams said of the Seattle receivers before he spoke specifically about Lockett. “He’s quick, he’s fast, he runs great routes. It will be a great matchup for us.” 

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Williams also should be on the mind of Lockett while preparing for the game. Williams has been no slouch covering slot receivers this season. According to PFF, Williams has forced a league-low passer rating of 49.6 in slot coverage, just ahead of Colts' Kenny Moore, Titans' Logan Ryan and Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman.  

Williams is taking this matchup as he would any other this season, but rest assured it is one you should keep your eyes on come Monday night.

Joe Montana statue at Levi's Stadium defaced after 49ers-Seahawks game


Joe Montana statue at Levi's Stadium defaced after 49ers-Seahawks game

SANTA CLARA – The statue of legendary 49ers quarterback Joe Montana outside Levi’s Stadium was vandalized on Monday night following San Francisco's 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks, according to authorities.

Jorge Alberto Lopez of Santa Clara was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on a charge of felony vandalism, Santa Clara Police announced in a press release.

According to the report, a security officer at Levi’s Stadium witnessed Lopez grab the facemask of the statue and pull it off. The suspect was arrested at 9:50 p.m. on Monday.

The 49ers released the following statement on Wednesday:

“The Joe Montana statue that is part of the ‘The Catch’ art installation located inside the stadium’s Gate A plaza was vandalized following our recent Monday Night Football game. Security personnel apprehended the individual soon thereafter and the Santa Clara Police Department arrested the individual on felony vandalism charges. Crews have already begun repairs on the statue and expect work to be complete prior to Sunday’s home game. As this is an ongoing police matter, we will not have any additional comment.”

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The statue of Montana was dedicated last October and is accompanied by a statue of Dwight Clark making the leaping catch in the 1981 NFC Championship Game that lifted the 49ers to their first Super Bowl. The statue has since been repaired.

49ers' Nick Bosa suffered first loss in over two years vs. Seahawks


49ers' Nick Bosa suffered first loss in over two years vs. Seahawks

49ers rookie sensation Nick Bosa experienced something Monday night that the 22-year-old hasn’t faced in over two years.

He lost a game.

That’s right, the defensive end hadn’t suffered defeat prior to San Francisco's loss to the Seahawks on Monday night since his sophomore season at Ohio State.

That game was especially rough for Bosa, as he was ejected in the second quarter after a pretty blatant targeting penalty for a hit on Iowa's quarterback.

Bosa’s Buckeyes won the first three games of 2018 before he injured his knee and missed the final 11 games of his collegiate career.

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The 49ers hope to restart Bosa’s winning streak Sunday when they take on the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.