"I kissed most of them. I don't think I've ever done that before," Fangio said, per the San Jose Mercury News. "They're a bunch of fighters we've got here. They're class guys. Great players. Great individuals. Great football character. It doesn't surprise me."
While the 49ers registered four sacks against Seahawks signal-caller Russell Wilson, none of those came in a second half that saw Seattle post 20 points down the stretch. San Francisco's typically stout run defense also lost the battle to Marshawn Lynch, who blasted his way for 109 yards, including an earth-shaking 40-yard touchdown volt midway through the third period.
Wilson hadn't thrown for 200-plus yards in over a month, but San Francisco allowed him to cross that barrier as the 49ers blew a 10-point lead for the first time with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback. It didn't help that San Francisco's offense, over its final four drives, went three-and-out, lost a sack-fumble and tossed back-to-back interceptions.
On Sunday, only four of Seattle's drives topped 25 yards, but a failure to shut down a handful of big plays in the second half sent Fangio's troops into their offseason with plenty to think about.