Silver linings: Seahawks at 49ers

The facts: The Seattle Seahawks opened their 2011 season with a 33-17 defeat against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.

  • The Seahawks scored 17 fourth-quarter points to make the game close heading into the final five minutes.

  • Rookie receiver Doug Baldwin, an undrafted free agent from Stanford, caught four passes for 83 yards, including one for a 55-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Baldwin also caught a second-quarter pass for a 12-yard gain on third-and-9.

  • Receiver Golden Tate, looking to build on a strong finish to the preseason, caught an 8-yard scoring pass for Seattle's first points.

  • Seattle's defense held the 49ers to 209 total yards. The team has now allowed only 398 total yards to its last two regular-season opponents, having held St. Louis to 189 yards in Week 17. The 209- and 189-yard totals are the Seahawks' lowest since holding Jacksonville to 199 yards during a 2009 game.

  • The Seahawks allowed only one third-down conversion in 12 chances for the 49ers. San Francisco finished with only 12 first downs overall.

  • Jon Ryan had a 77-yard punt and one other punt downed inside the 20-yard line.

  • Offseason additions to the defensive line appeared to play well. Alan Branch had a strong game as part of the Seahawks' stout run defense. Anthony Hargrove, signed only Saturday, impressed with a tackle for loss. Branch, Hargrove, Brandon Mebane and Red Bryant gave the Seahawks a strong wall against the run, holding Frank Gore to 2.7 yards per carry.

  • Some of the team's young defensive players also stood out, notably free safety Earl Thomas.

  • Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson threw no interceptions of consequence. The one he threw right before halftime on a Hail Mary hurt his stats without hurting his team.

Looking ahead: The Seahawks visit the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2.