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Week 16 December 23  
49ers
(10-4-1)
 
 
 
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Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 5:20 PM PST
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Game Recap

On a night when the Seahawks knew they could afford to do almost nothing wrong, they found ways to do almost everything right.

Playing the NFC West-leading San Francisco 49ers on national TV, and with a playoff berth hanging in the balance, the Seahawks put together an all-three-phases effort on Sunday night at CenturyLink Field that turned into a 42-13 rout of a victory and at least the No. 5-seed in the conference playoffs.

Russell Wilson, playing nothing like the rookie quarterback that he is, passed for four touchdowns while completing 15 of 21 passes and tormenting the 49ers’ No. 2-ranked defense with his mobility. Marshawn Lynch ran for 111 yards and scored two touchdowns, one rushing and another receiving. The combination of Wilson’s arm and Lynch’s legs allowed the Seahawks to convert 11 of 13 third-down situations as they put together touchdown drives that consumed 8½, almost eight and more than 6½ minutes.

An aggressive, physical Seahawks defense held the kept the 49ers out of the end zone until the final two minutes of the game and limited them to three conversions in 11 attempts.

But the play that slapped an exclamation point on the Seahawks’ latest impressive performance was a blocked field by defensive end Red Bryant that cornerback Richard Sherman returned 90 yards for a touchdown that made it 21-0 just as the second quarter was getting underway.

“Whenever we get a blocked field goal, especially if I get a block, there’s guys behind the scenes who are making it possible,” said Bryant, who rattled through a list of teammates that included Heath Farwell, Chris Clemons, Alan Branch, Brandon Mebane. “All those guys, they make it possible for me to get through there.”

But it was Bryant’s fully extended, right-arm-all-the-way-up, effort that prevented David Akers’ 21-yard attempt from getting past the line of scrimmage.

“Richard Sherman. Richard Sherman. Richard Sherman,” Bryant said. “He picked it up and took it to the house. Big momentum swing. After that, we stuck a fork in them.”

It was a play that exemplified this game, and this season.

Asked if he thought the Seahawks could beat the 49ers so thoroughly, so convincingly, Bryant actually bristled a bit before offering, “I knew anybody we play, when we go into the game, and we’re right and we play offense, defense and special teams, this is what we expect.

“Not trying to be cocky, but we work hard, extremely hard. We prepare just as hard as anybody else in the league. And when we’re on our stuff, this is the outcome you get. So I’m not surprised. We expected to win.”

This most-impressive win made for the Seahawks’ 10th victory of the season – their fourth in a row, which is their longest winning streak since they won five consecutive games late in the 2007 season; and their sixth in the past seven games.

And, their latest blowout. In the past three weeks, the Seahawks have outscored the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills and 49ers 150-30. But while the Cardinals aren’t very good and the Bills aren’t much better, the 49ers came into this game already having won 10 games and allowing a league-low average of 15.6 points.

Now, the Seahawks can overtake the 49ers for the division title, if they beat the St. Louis Rams next Sunday and the 49ers lose to the Cardinals. Impossible? That’s what most would have conceded if you had told them the Seahawks would put up 42 on the 49ers.

“This is a terrific win for us because of the respect we have for this club,” coach Pete Carroll said. “These guys have been winning like crazy the last couple of years. … I take a lot of pride in the fact that we played like that against this team and these coaches.

“The thing has been happening, it’s been coming together. We’re getting better, and you can just feel it and see it. And it’s coming to life for us.”

On this rainy Sunday evening, things fell apart for a 49ers team that had beaten the Patriots 41-34 in New England last Sunday night. It began when Pro Bowl defensive lineman Justin Smith was declared inactive because of an elbow injury he got against the Patriots. It continued when tight end Vernon Davis when got with a concussion in the first quarter after taking a huge hit from strong safety Kam Chancellor. It continued when wide receiver Mario Manningham went out with a knee injury on a play where he fumbled the ball away to the Seahawks.

So instead of clinching the division title, the 49ers left wondering what had hit them.

“It’s a gut-check,” 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers said. “To be behind like that is uncharacteristic of this team. But we have been behind before, not to that extend. You’ve got to dig down, can’t give up, got to try and find a way to make plays, try to get yourself back in it, try to turn the momentum around.

“We didn’t do that.”

Because the Seahawks would not allow it.

They drove to touchdowns on their first two possessions – a 24-yard run by Lynch and Wilson’s 9-yard pass to Lynch. The 49ers drove to the Seahawks’ 3-yard line, only to have Sherman breakup Colin Kaepernick’s third-down pass to Michael Crabtree in the end zone to setup Bryant’s block that led to Sherman’s long scoring return.

“Big Red blocked it and it just happened to bounce to me,” Sherman said. “It was a lucky bounce, it bounced right toward me. I just wanted to make sure I secured the ball and then run as fast as I could. Luckily, nobody caught me.”

Things continued to bounce the Seahawks way, as Wilson’s 6-yard TD pass to tight end Anthony McCoy capped a 13-play, 60-yard drive that consumed almost 8½ minutes of the second quarter.

The 49ers drove to the Seahawks’ 32-yard line on their first possession of the second half, only to have linebacker Leroy Hill force the Manningham fumble that Chancellor recovered to setup Wilson’s 4-yard TD pass to Doug Baldwin that capped a 15-play, 68-yard drive that consumed 6:43. The 49ers drove to the Seahawks’ 3-yard line on their next possession, only to have Sherman intercept a pass in the end zone and the Seahawks then went 80 yards in 12 plays – and burned almost eight minutes off the clock – to Wilson’s 6-yard TD pass to Baldwin.

“If you’re going to throw the ball late, I’m going to bait him into the every time,” Sherman said of the interception – his seventh of the season. “He tried to throw late across his body and you don’t do that against our defense.”

All of it made for one impressive victory for the Seahawks.

“If you had told me this would be the outcome, I wouldn’t have believed it,” Sherman said. “I would say you’re making this up, you’re talking about the Bears back in the day or something crazy like that.”

This one was indeed crazy, but no one was making anything up. The Seahawks avenged their Week 7 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco, and then some.

“It showed how talented we are,” Wilson said after passing for a career-high four TDs. “And how prepared we are for the rest of the season. There’s nothing I can say about where we’re going. All I know is what we have next.

“Obviously, it’s a special win to win on national television against a very good football team. To be able to do that in the fashion that we did is pretty special.”

Seattle Seahawks

Total Net Yards 346
Total Turnovers 1
Penalties Yards 4-45
Time of Possession 35:09

Seahawks Player Stats

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Russell Wilson 15/21 171 4 1
Sidney Rice 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Marshawn Lynch 26 111 1 24
Robert Turbin 3 38 0 24
Russell Wilson 6 29 0 9
Michael Robinson 1 1 0 1
Matt Flynn 3 -3 0 -1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Doug Baldwin 4 53 2 43
Golden Tate 2 27 0 21
Robert Turbin 2 20 0 11
Marshawn Lynch 2 19 1 10
Jermaine Kearse 1 17 0 17
Zach Miller 2 15 0 11
Sidney Rice 1 14 0 14
Anthony McCoy 1 6 1 6

Opponent Player Stats

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Colin Kaepernick 19/36 244 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Colin Kaepernick 7 31 0 8
Frank Gore 6 28 0 18
LaMichael James 4 15 0 6
Anthony Dixon 2 8 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Michael Crabtree 4 65 0 35
Delanie Walker 4 54 1 23
Randy Moss 3 44 0 25
Garrett Celek 2 41 0 35
Vernon Davis 1 27 0 27
LaMichael James 2 14 0 7
Mario Manningham 1 0 0 0
Bruce Miller 2 -1 0 0

Opponent

Total Net Yards 313
Total Turnovers 2
Penalties Yards 6-58
Time of Possession 24:51

Game Day Videos

Quarter Recaps

First Quarter:

In a nutshell: 14-0. The 49ers got the ball first, as the Seahawks won the coin flip but deferred. After a three-and-out, a 16-yard punt return by Leon Washington and a 15-yard roughness penalty by the 49ers’ Tramaine Brock after the punt, the Seahawks had a first down at the 49ers’ 35. Two plays later, Marshawn Lynch scored on a 24-yard run to the left side, with key blocks from center Max Unger, left tackle Russell Okung, tight end Zach Miller and wide receiver Doug Baldwin. The Seahawks had to drive the long field on their next possession, and did, with Lynch scoring on a 9-yard pass from Russell Wilson to cap a nine-play, 86-yard drive. Lynch carried five times for 17, while Wilson was 2 of 2 for 57 yards also ran for 3 yards on a third-and-1 play. The 49ers had the ball at the Seahawks’ 4 as the quarter ended.

Player of the quarter: Lynch. He ran for the first touchdown and scored the second on a pass for his first receiving TD. Honorable mention to Baldwin, who had the goal-line block on Lynch’s TD run and a 43-yard reception on the drive to Lynch’s TD catch.

Play of the quarter: Lynch’s TD run. Yes, it was vintage Lynch. But the blocks he got made it happen, especially Baldwin’s block on cornerback Tarell Brown at the goal line.

Number of the quarter: 24. Lynch is No. 24, and scored on a 24-yard run.

Second Quarter:

In a nutshell: Seahawks 28, 49ers 6. The Seahawks made it 21-0 on the third play of the quarter, when Red Bryant blocked David Akers’ 21-yard field attempt with his right hand and Richard Sherman returned the block 90 yards up the sideline for the score. The 49ers got their field goal when a Russell Wilson pass went off the hands of rookie running back Robert Turbin and linebacker Patrick Willis intercepted the carom. Akers kicked a 33-yarder after the defense held. The Seahawks came right back and drove 60 yards in a 13-play drive that consumed almost 8½ minutes to Wilson’s 6-yard TD pass to Anthony McCoy. Lynch carried six times for 23 yards, while Wilson was 3 of 3 for 21 yards. But the 49ers then drove 31 yards in seven plays to a 54-yarder by Akers with 31 second left in the half.

Player of the quarter: Sherman. He scored on the 90-yard return with the blocked field goal and just before that prevented the 49ers from scoring a TD by batting away Colin Kaepernick’s third-and-goal pass to Michael Crabtree in the end zone.

Play of the quarter: The blocked field goal, as Heath Farwell helped clear a lane for Bryant, who used almost every inch of his fully extended 6-foot-4 frame to bat the ball. Sherman did the rest to score the third TD by the special teams this season.

Number of the quarter: 28. The Seahawks hung that many points in the first half on the team that entered the game allowing the fewest points in the league.

Third Quarter:

In a nutshell: Seahawks 35, 49ers 6. The 49ers came out on their first possession and moved quickly to the Seahawks’ 32, but Leroy Hill forced a fumble after a reception by Mario Manningham and Kam Chancellor recovered. Russell Wilson then directed a 15-play, 68-yard drive that ended with his 4-yard TD pass to Doug Baldwin and consumed almost seven minutes. The Seahawks converted five third-down situations, including the TD pass, as Baldwin made a leaping grab in the end zone. The 49ers had the ball on the Seahawks’ 3 as the quarter ended.

Player of the quarter: Wilson. The rookie QB hit five passes for 47 yards and ran for 9 yards on the Seahawks’ TD drive.

Plays of the quarter: Let’s make it plural and go with the third-down conversions in the Seahawks’ TD drive. On third-and-2, Marshawn Lynch ran for 10 yards. On third-and-1, Michael Robinson ran for the 1. On third-and-8, Wilson passed 17 yards to Jermaine Kearse. On third-and-6, Robert Turbin made a nice grab of an 11-yard pass from Wilson. Then came the TD pass, on third-and-goal.

Number of the quarter: 15. The numbers of minutes left for the Seahawks to clinch a playoff berth.

Fourth Quarter:

In a nutshell: Seahawks 42, 49ers 13. On the first play of the quarter, Richard Sherman intercepted a third-down pass from Colin Kaepernick in the end zone. Russell Wilson then directed a 12-play, 80-yard drive that ended with his 6-yard TD pass to Doug Baldwin and consumed almost eight minutes. Marshawn Lynch carried eight times for 22 yards to go over 100 for the game and Robert Turbin had two carries for 28 yards.  The 49ers finally found the end zone with 1:40 left in the game on Colin Kaepernick’s 18-yard TD pass to Delanie Walker on fourth-and-17. The TD capped a 13-play, 90-yard drive that was way too little and way too late.

Players of the quarter: Sherman, who had the end-zone pick; Lynch, who got his third consecutive 100-yard rushing performance, and eighth of the season; and Baldwin, who caught his second TD pass.

Play of the quarter: Sherman’s end-zone interception, to go along with his end-zone breakup of a pass and 90-yard return of a blocked field goal for a TD in the second quarter.

Number of the quarter: 42. The points the Seahawks scored against a team that had been allowing an average of 15.6, and it follows the Seahawks scoring 58 against the Cardinals two weeks ago and 50 against the Bills last week.

Scoring Summary

Game Day Headlines

Game Day Photos

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