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Ted Ginn runs wild as 49ers beat Seahawks

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Ted Ginn had one of the most memorable minutes in NFL history on Sunday.

With 3:56 remaining in the 49ers’ victory over the Seahawks, Ginn returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown. And then with 3:05 remaining, Ginn returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown.

Those 14 fourth-quarter points from Ginn turned what was becoming a close game in San Francisco into a blowout, as the 49ers won 33-17.

Ginn finished the day with 176 kickoff return yards and 92 punt return yards, and he showed once again that while he’s never going to be the No. 1 receiver the Dolphins thought he would become when they spent a Top 10 draft pick on him in 2007, he’s one of the best return men in football. Ginn now has six return touchdowns in his NFL career, three on punts and three on kickoffs.

It was Ginn who provided the exclamation point, but new 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh also has to be pleased with his quarterback, Alex Smith, who was quietly efficient with 15 completions on 20 attempts, for 124 yards, without any turnovers.

New Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson had his moments while completing 21 of 37 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns, but he threw an interception and lost two fumbles. The Seahawks need Jackson to get better in a hurry.

The 49ers will need Smith to get better, too, and they’ll also need more from their talented receiving corps, as Braylon Edwards and Michael Crabtree didn’t do anything of note. But the 49ers are 1-0, and they have a major big-play threat in Ginn.

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  1. mrturophile says: Sep 11, 2011 7:52 PM

    Hmmm. The Seahawks score a TD to get within 2 points with less than 4 minutes to go. They’re all smiles and hugging each other like they won the game. Guess what happens next? 102-yard, game-clinching kickoff return for a touchdown. Not only was it easy to see that they weren’t going to win the game, it also became apparent that the Pete Carroll era will be a short one. In two years, he’ll be coaching Idaho State.

  2. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 11, 2011 7:54 PM

    Tavaris Jackson might be the worst quarterback I’ve seen. At least since JaCarcass Russell.
    I didn’t mention Leaf because I never saw him play.

  3. time2speakup says: Sep 11, 2011 7:56 PM

    Puzzling how Coach entrusted his rep and Niners fortunes to Alex going in, but was so hesitant to show the same trust in this game.
    If he’s going to be a Walsh disciple, he might want to take a page from Walsh’s “pass to set the run” phases. It worked then, just might work going forward.

  4. bsizemore68 says: Sep 11, 2011 7:57 PM

    To bad the Miami coaches didn’t know how to use him, they didn’t know how to use there QB, as a fan I hope the new OC will do a better job then the last one. Bill

  5. readysethike says: Sep 11, 2011 8:00 PM

    Ted Ginn is a beast on Special Teams

  6. ninjapleazee says: Sep 11, 2011 8:00 PM

    Class Act Harbaugh beats the lying cheating Carroll.. LOL… PRICELESS!

  7. 49ersmang says: Sep 11, 2011 8:01 PM

    Pete Carol to Ted Ginn Jr after the game : “what’s your deal?! Nice game”.

  8. cosanostra71 says: Sep 11, 2011 8:02 PM

    that punt return was electric!

  9. pnut87 says: Sep 11, 2011 8:05 PM

    No! Harbaugh’s screwing up my conspiracy theory! You can’t tank the season and draft Luck if you win like that!

  10. finhead says: Sep 11, 2011 8:05 PM

    He will run back a few more this year and that will be it.

  11. goldrush36 says: Sep 11, 2011 8:22 PM

    Where’s trbowman at? Alex Smith wasn’t brilliant, but T-Jack and all those turnovers…….. Yeah that was certainly better than Smith smh. So as i was saying, do you want that crow raw or grilled? At least Seattle has a good shot at winning the Andrew Luck sweepstakes as long as T-Joke is at the helm lol

  12. joetoronto says: Sep 11, 2011 8:23 PM

    Get your players in the locker room and tell them how great they are, Pete.

    You’re the best.

  13. pacificnw7722 says: Sep 11, 2011 8:25 PM

    Man, the Seahawks special teams looked like they were playing this entire game is S-L-O-W motion??

    T-Jack was just average or maybe a little below.

    O-Line for the most part was crappy as usual.

    Ginn has…. rocket legs.

  14. snoqualmieterry says: Sep 11, 2011 8:27 PM

    As a Seahawks fan I am sad. I like our defense, though.

  15. dericivy says: Sep 11, 2011 8:27 PM

    Outside of special teams play, and the one fumble(the INT was on a Hail Mary at the end of the half, and the final fumble was at the end of the fourth when the game was already out of reach), Seattle played just as well(check your stats people!), if not better a game.

    Hats off to Sanfran with their special teams, wow to that!

    At least Seattle didn’t sign McNabb, hears to Seattle’s D, and lets hope Tavaris wakes up in the first half next week!

    Go Hawks!

  16. brooklynniner19 says: Sep 11, 2011 8:31 PM

    “Puzzling how Coach entrusted his rep and Niners fortunes to Alex going in, but was so hesitant to show the same trust in this game.
    If he’s going to be a Walsh disciple, he might want to take a page from Walsh’s “pass to set the run” phases. It worked then, just might work going forward.”

    Well said ! Jim H played prevent offense. smh

  17. raiderlyfe510 says: Sep 11, 2011 8:32 PM

    @nomoreseasontix

    Boy you casual NFL fans don’t anything about football. How are you gonna say that Tavaris Jackson is as bad as Jamarcus Russell?

    Well guess what the two QBs have in common? Tom Cable…who doesn’t know how to protect a QB. A QB can not be effective when he has no time to throw. playing QB behind a Tom Cable o-Line is like playing against the 1985 Bears every week.

  18. dirtyjersey9er says: Sep 11, 2011 8:34 PM

    Alex Smith will need to improve? Ok maybe the passing yards were very little but he was 75 percent passing and averaged 6.2 yards per pass to go with a QBR of 90. I think Harbaugh wanted to use Gore more because of his past dominance of Seattle so he didn’t pass as much. I think his total for passes attempted was more than only McNabb this week.

    I actually was able to watch and Alex looked more decisive and if no one was open he used his legs to avoid the rush. He had a good amount of well placed passes to the WRs. The passes were shorter passes too which was typically a weak spot for him. He also ran one in for a TD too.

  19. crimhollingsworth says: Sep 11, 2011 8:36 PM

    Why did Carroll punt when his team was down 9 with 3:05 to go???

  20. billmead1976 says: Sep 11, 2011 8:40 PM

    Cheat Carroll and his turd-biting expression. Love it.

  21. dirtyjersey9er says: Sep 11, 2011 8:44 PM

    I’d also like to give a hats off to LDE Ray McDonald. It was his first game as the starting DE and he had 6 tackles, 3 for a loss, 1 sack, and 3 QB hits.

  22. shawon0meter says: Sep 11, 2011 8:49 PM

    T-Jack looked great….only because I was watching McNabb play at the same time. What a disaster.

  23. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 11, 2011 8:52 PM

    “Well guess what the two QBs have in common? Tom Cable…”

    ____________________

    Point taken. You are absolutely correct. The line is pretty bad.

    I still think Jackson is a bad quarterback. He throws a football like its a baseball. He only has one throw. And his habit of leaving his feet to finish his motion isn’t gonna help him.

  24. effjohntaylornorelation says: Sep 11, 2011 8:59 PM

    I have 2 points to make. First, Pete Carroll cannot go back to NCAA for fear of a show cause hearing. Second, I wonder why Harbaugh don’t keep Troy Smith around, he was cheap and better than Alex Smith.

  25. phelbin says: Sep 11, 2011 9:13 PM

    San Francisco’s offensive line was much better than I expected. After giving up about 300 sacks to New Orleans in the pre season, I was more than a little worried. And they didn’t give up a single one today!

  26. zn0rseman says: Sep 11, 2011 9:29 PM

    That was actually pretty good play for TJoke… he’s usually much worse than that.

  27. 1phd says: Sep 11, 2011 10:11 PM

    dirtyjersey9er says: Sep 11, 2011 8:34 PM

    Alex Smith will need to improve? Ok maybe the passing yards were very little but he was 75 percent passing and averaged 6.2 yards per pass to go with a QBR of 90. I think Harbaugh wanted to use Gore more because of his past dominance of Seattle so he didn’t pass as much. I think his total for passes attempted was more than only McNabb this week.

    I actually was able to watch and Alex looked more decisive and if no one was open he used his legs to avoid the rush. He had a good amount of well placed passes to the WRs. The passes were shorter passes too which was typically a weak spot for him. He also ran one in for a TD too.
    ========
    Yes, Check Down Alex needs to get better.

  28. lightofkolob says: Sep 11, 2011 10:16 PM

    The WRs did nothing because Alex Smith is still terrible. Missed an open Crabtree in the Endzone twice. Settled for FGs…..

  29. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Sep 11, 2011 10:17 PM

    dericivy says:Sep 11, 2011 8:27 PM

    check your stats people!

    ——————————–

    Stats are losers…

    It’s binary…Go ahead and Google it…

  30. ahostiletakeover says: Sep 11, 2011 10:28 PM

    No horse in this race, but I seriously cracked up when the Seahawks signed and immediately announced Jackson as their starter. Though I never watched all of his games in Minnesota, in all of the ones I did, it was obvious the guy was not cut out to be a NFL starting QB. I’m not a big Whitehurst fan but to be fair he has nowhere near the volume of work that Jump Pass Jackson has and he did help lead Seattle to that playoff berth last year, nice way to repay a guy Carroll..

  31. dirtyjersey9er says: Sep 11, 2011 10:32 PM

    I am also surprised that Harbaugh didn’t use more slant routes despite using them a lot in Stanford.

  32. hillzmickelzon says: Sep 11, 2011 10:36 PM

    dont you guys see what pete is doing down there? who cares about this season so lets start t jackson and go 4 -12 and draft andrew luck with the first pick? Or better yet draft his boy matt barkley with the 5th pick.. why does jackson have a two year deal guys? they will be drafting a qb why have hasselback and go 7-9 and be below average when you go with T jack and be bad?? And they draft james carpenter who cant block a corspe when radall cobb on the board?

  33. anthonychurch says: Sep 11, 2011 10:45 PM

    I want to know why this game wasn’t reviewed during halftime on NBC. I’m a little tired of the anti-49er bias by the halftime crew where the 49er game somehow never makes the list of games reviewed. I’ve been watching for years, and again this year it wasn’t shown during halftime, even though TGJr had two touchdowns in a minute on special teams.

    Ridiculous if you ask me.

  34. goldrush36 says: Sep 11, 2011 10:54 PM

    dericivy says:Sep 11, 2011 8:27 PM

    check your stats people!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Which stats would those be? Stats are meaningless, and even more so when they are padded due to playing from behind the whole game. My point? Seattle was down 16-0 and had 37 total yards at halftime. Those numbers increase dramatically when your opponent stops playing aggressively and goes into a prevent defense. But I bet you already knew that didn’t you genius

  35. travisblink619 says: Sep 11, 2011 11:21 PM

    San Francisco’s defense looked really damn good in the first half. Seattle made adjustments in the second and managed to move the ball some. All in all good game defensively. Alex Smith put up solid albeit lackluster numbers. No turnovers offensively. I was shocked with the less than 3 YPC that Gore put up. Certainly, would like see better redzone results, but if the only way to go is up, then I think we have a good starting point to build from. All around positive signs.

  36. travisblink619 says: Sep 11, 2011 11:26 PM

    At the bare minimum, 49ers have a better starting record than the 0-5 start under Sing last year.

  37. discosucs2005 says: Sep 12, 2011 1:06 AM

    I did not like the Seattle was able to play in the second half. One of the things I hated most about the 49ers last two head coaches, is they never made good half time adjustments. I hope Seattle being able to get back into the game was just a result of a more casual defense in the second half, and not a demonstration of Harbaugh’s inability to make adjustments.

    I don’t know why anyone would be hard on Smith. 15/20 and over a rushing TD with no turnovers are perfectly fine by me.

  38. axespray says: Sep 12, 2011 1:21 AM

    goldrush36 says:Sep 11, 2011 8:22 PM
    “Alex Smith wasn’t brilliant?”
    —————————————

    ^
    A Brilliant QB doesn’t misread defenses all the time and miss wide open players or not notice a wide open Reciever in the endzone.
    49ers only beat the seahawks cause the seahawks suck and had T-joke to top it off.

  39. goldrush36 says: Sep 12, 2011 2:35 AM

    @axespray. Love the intentional misquote there. Either that or you are too stupid to read. Trbowman was claiming t-jack to be a much better qb yesterday. Obviously you didnt understand sarcasm since alex while playing very average played much better than t- joke and his near 4 turnovers. So next time pay attention to read. It might help you out

  40. souldogdave says: Sep 12, 2011 8:25 AM

    Smart of Harbaugh to ride the lightning with the hot-handed Ginn. Alex Smith didn’t lose the game, even though Crabtree got so upset when he was ignored in the end zone, that he apparently re-injured his foot waving his arms for a pass.

  41. dmackdaddy says: Sep 12, 2011 10:54 AM

    It was awesome to hear the 49ers fans cheer when we had a very vanilla formation & all of a sudden it switched to a 3 WRs set. We finally have competent coaching! 1-0 is a good way to start! No turnovers and we sacked TJ 5 times!

  42. buzzkillbill says: Sep 12, 2011 4:15 PM

    Am I the only one who see’s the humor in fighting over who has the best QB, Seattle or SF?

  43. hawkman84 says: Sep 13, 2011 1:32 AM

    Man…we are a long ways away from what we used to be under Mike Holmgren.

    Oh yeah, and btw…prepare to get royally BEATDOWN and BLOWWWWNNN OUT with a very angry Stealers team on tap next week.

    I hope that every team bludgeons Tarvaris just for coming to Seattle, personally. The bum!

    O-line is in for a crash course on how to pass protect with that Stealer D!

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