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SEATTLE – On a day the 49ers’ hopes for the postseason officially came to an end, their elimination game proved to be a cruel microcosm of the season.
"I don't think we had everybody healthy at one time," 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin said. "(But) we don't make excuses."
Running back Frank Gore, the heart and soul of the 49ers’ offense, and leading tackler Chris Borland were among the key players who were sidelined due to injuries.
Backup running back Carlos Hyde, outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks and backup tight end Garrett Celek were also lost due to injuries for a team that entered the day with 13 players on injured reserve.
--Gore was diagnosed with a concussion in the second quarter and did not return. Afterward, he said he was “fine.” Gore must pass the NFL’s concussion protocol to return to action Saturday against the San Diego Chargers.
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--Borland sustained an ankle sprain on the final play of the first half when Eric Reid returned an interception 73 yards. Borland played one snap of the second half, but could not continue.
--Hyde was lost in the third quarter when he bent back awkwardly on a running play. Although it looked as if he injured his right knee, Hyde said he sustained a back strain.
“Yeah, I’m feeling pain,” Hyde said. “I’ll be all right. It wasn’t as bad as it looked. It was minor. I’ll be back next week.”
--Brooks, who returned to the starting lineup, had a very good game before he sustained a thumb injury. He did not play in the second half. Brooks had three tackles, a sack and two quarterback hurries.
--Celek had a 31-yard reception in the first half. It was the longest gain by a 49ers tight end this season. But he sustained an ankle injury in the second quarter and did not return.