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Three things you need to know from 49ers' 12-9 loss to Seahawks

Three things you need to know from 49ers' 12-9 loss to Seahawks

SEATTLE -- Three things you need to know about the 49ers’ 12-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2 on Sunday:

1. Wilson is the difference
The Seahawks have their franchise quarterback. The 49ers do not. This game came down to one quarterback’s ability to make plays, and the other one’s inability to change the game.

Both quarterbacks were under harassment throughout the game, which made it difficult to operate. Wilson was not spectacular, but when the Seahawks needed something, he delivered. On the game-winning drive, Wilson picked up 27 yards rushing, including two first downs. He used his unique ability to side-step the rush to buy time for a 9-yard touchdown pass to Paul Richardson.

The go-ahead score with 7:06 remaining is the only touchdown the Seahawks or 49ers have scored through two games. For the 49ers, it’s the first time in franchise history the club has been held out of the end zone in back-to-back games to open the season. That’s a major disappointment, considering Kyle Shanahan’s background as an offensive guru.

Hoyer completed 15 of 27 attempts for 99 yards and one interception. The 49ers converted just 2 of 12 third-down attempts.

2. The makings of a strong defense
The 49ers implemented a Seahawks-style defense this season under coordinator Robert Saleh. That unit, by and large, has exceeded expectations in the first two weeks of the season.

But the 49ers’ defense was on the field for way too many snaps. The 49ers' offense is partly to blame, of course, but the defense must do a better job of getting off the field on third downs. The Seahawks had a 42-percent success rate on third downs. The 49ers' defense seemed to wear down late in the game. 

The 49ers got particularly strong play on the defensive line from their recent first-round draft picks. Solomon Thomas recorded two tackles for loss and a quarterback hit; DeForest Buckner was dominant on the interior with four tackles and three quarterback hits; and Arik Armstead also recorded four tackles, to go along with a sack.

Considering the 49ers ranked worst in the NFL last season in yards and points allowed, the defense has made significant strides in a short period of time.

3. Quick turnaround
The 49ers must regroup quickly to face the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night at Levi’s Stadium. Dating back to December 2015 – under Jim Tomsula, Chip Kelly and, now, Shanahan, the 49ers have won just three of their past 22 games. The 49ers are 3-0 against the Rams, and 0-19 against every other team.

The 49ers do not have enough established talent to overcome the kind of mistakes they've made in the first two weeks of the season. The only encouraging sign on offense was the production out of Carlos Hyde, who gained 124 yards on 15 attempts. The offensive line did a good job in the run game, as left guard Laken Tomlinson seemed to hold his own as he took over in the starting lineup for struggling Zane Beadles.

The 49ers must have continued success in the run game to set up Hoyer and the passing game. The problem with the 49ers have been their lack of consistency. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin had another dropped pass on a play that would’ve given the 49ers a first down near the Seattle 10-yard line. Instead, they settled for a field goal to open the door for Wilson’s late-game, go-ahead heroics.

Source: 49ers agree to terms with first-round pick

Source: 49ers agree to terms with first-round pick

The 49ers agreed to contract terms with first-round draft pick Mike McGlinchey contract three days before the club is scheduled to report to training camp.

The NFL Network reported Sunday night that McGlinchey signed the deal. A source told NBC Sports Bay Area the contract will be made official on Monday morning.

McGlinchey, who is slated to start at right tackle as a rookie, was the No. 9 overall selection from Notre Dame. McGlinchey is slated to make $18.34 million over the course of his four-year deal with a signing bonus of $11.4 million.

Wide receiver Dante Pettis, the No. 44 overall selection, is the only 49ers’ unsigned draft pick and the only NFL rookie chosen outside of the first round who remains unsigned.

The 49ers’ traded right tackle Trent Brown to the New England Patriots shortly after investing their first-round pick in McGlinchey. The 49ers sent Brown and a fifth-round pick (Purdue linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley) to the Patriots for a third-round pick (Southern Mississippi defensive back Tarvarius Moore).

The 49ers report to training camp in Santa Clara on Wednesday. The club's first practice is scheduled for Thursday.

T.O. 'not actively seeking' NFL return, expounds on Hall of Fame decision

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T.O. 'not actively seeking' NFL return, expounds on Hall of Fame decision

Terrell Owens still is showing off the kind of spectacular shape he is in, even at 44 years old. Just look at his social media pages, and you'll see T.O. working out with today's NFL stars and running a blazing 40-yard dash. 

Even though he's about to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is Owens looking to make a comeback? 

On Tuesday, Canada-based agent Jason Staroszik told TSN and ESPN that T.O. "100 percent" wants to play football again. On Wednesday at the ESPYS, the former 49ers wide receiver clarified his comments. 

Owens says he isn't "actively seeking to get into the NFL," but he did say he would entertain other opportunities with football, including the CFL. 

"I know that I do have the ability to play," Owens said, via ESPN.com. "I know everybody sees the shape that I'm in. There's a lot of athletes that play their prospective sports, but there are few guys that defy the odds. I think I'm one of those guys.

"It's unfortunate that I haven't been able to continue my career, but again, I'm not actively seeking to get into the NFL; but again, if there's an opportunity for me to play, then yeah, I will entertain that, as well as the CFL."

The hot topic with Owens lately has been his decision to not attend the Hall of Fame ceremony. Instead of being in Canton, Ohio next month, Owens will make his own speech at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

"It's always unfortunate, and people have a lot to say when someone does something different, but what I'm doing is not wrong," he said.

Owens said he has been working every day on his acceptance speech. As far as what went into his decision to not attend the ceremony, Owens looked to legendary basketball coach John Wooden. 

"For me, I think, overall, everybody's obviously wondering what went into my decision," Owens said. "I think John Wooden said it best: 'Be more concerned about your character than your reputation.' I think what the noise is right now is more about my reputation than my actual character.

"They're making the narrative more so about me offending the Hall of Famers, and that has nothing to do with it. I respect all of those Hall of Famers that have gone in before me and going in with me and after me. It has nothing to do with those Hall of Famers."