On a night when the Seahawks knew they could afford to do almost nothing wrong, they found ways to do almost everything right.
|Total Net Yards||346|
|Time of Possession||35:9|
|Total Net Yards||313|
|Time of Possession||24:51|
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seattle Seahawks' Doug Baldwin holds on after juggling the ball for a 43-yard pass reception against the San Francisco 49ers in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
The Seahawks improved to 10-5 and clinched a playoff berth with a 42-13 victory over the NFC West-leading San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football at CenturyLink Field.
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