SAN FRANCISCO – In their two-point loss to San Francisco at CenturyLink Field last December,
In a nationally televised rematch at Candlestick Park on Thursday night, the Seahawks couldn’t find the end zone. As a result, they dropped a 13-6 decision to the 49ers to fall out of a first-place tie in the NFC West.
The loss dropped the Seahawks to 4-3, while the 49ers improved to 5-2. It also prevented the Seahawks from winning three games in a row for the first time under third-year coach Pete Carroll.
The 49ers now have won the past four matchups with the Seahawks, including sweeping them last season for the first time since 2006. The teams will play again at CenturyLink Field on Dec. 23.
After getting the extended weekend off, the players will return on Monday to begin preparing for their Oct. 28 game against the Lions in Detroit – which will complete a stretch where they have played four of five on the road.
The Seahawks scored first, the 49ers last in the opening quarter. The 49ers pinned the Seahawks at their own 4-yard line, but
Lynch touched the ball five times for 23 yards on the Seahawks’ field goal drive and then ended the quarter with a 7-yard run.
The defense also stepped up, as the 49ers were driving late in the quarter, but defensive tackle
The second quarter started the same way as the first, with the Seahawks driving 63 yards in eight plays to a 35-yard field goal by Hauschka. Lynch carried twice for 22 yards on the drive that began on the final play of the first quarter with his 7-yard run, but the big play was Wilson’s 36-yard pass to
The defense turned in a pair of three-and-outs, as
After the Seahawks’ second half-opening drive stalled at the 49ers’ 43 and they had to punt, the defense got “chunked” in a 10-play, 86-yard drive that ended with Smith’s 12-yard TD pass to tight end Delanie Walker. “Chunked”? Smith to Gore for 10 yards. Smith to Kendall Hunter for 11. Smith to Gore for 12. Gore for 11. Smith to Michael Crabtree for 10 on third-and-9. And the TD pass. The 49ers had seven first downs in the 10-play drive.
Smith was 5 of 5 for 58 yards on the TD drive that gave the 49ers the lead, while Gore had eight touches for 49 yards.
As the Seahawks tied to answer the 49ers’ TD, Wilson’s second-down pass to
In the fourth quarter, the 49ers drove to the Seahawks’ 7, but on the fifth play of the quarter
Gore broke runs of 37, 20 and 10 yards in the quarter. After Browner’s interception, the Seahawks had a third-and-4 play from their 9-yard line, but Lynch dropped Wilson’s pass.