|Total Net Yards||308|
|Time of Possession||31:28|
|Total Net Yards||308|
|Time of Possession||28:32|
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In a nutshell: 49ers 3, Seahawks 0. The Seahawks got the ball first, but their possession lasted one play as Aldon Smith got to Russell Wilson for a fumble-forcing sack that gave the ball to the 49ers at the Seahawks’ 15. But the defense did its job, holding the 49ers to a 25-yard field goal by Phil Dawson with 12:45 left in the quarter. Bobby Wagner stopped Michael Crabtree for a 2-yard gain on a second-down pass and then tackled Colin Kaepernick after a 4-yard gain on third-and-6. The teams traded punts – Seahawks two, 49ers one – for the rest of the quarter.
Player of the quarter: Bobby Wagner. The Seahawks’ middle linebacker had the two big plays to force the 49ers to settle for a field goal and another to stop Kaepernick for a 2-yard gain on third-and-3 on their second possession.
Play of the quarter: Smith’s fumble-forcing sack on the first play of the game. It was exactly what the Seahawks didn’t need, and set up the quarter’s only score.
Number of the quarter: 48. Minutes since the 49ers last allowed a score in the postseason after they shutout the Panthers for the final 33 minutes last week and the Seahawks in the first quarter.
In a nutshell: 49ers 10, Seahawks 3. The 49ers had the first possession of the second quarter and drove 86 yards in nine plays to a 1-yard TD run by Anthony Dixon. But the big play was Colin Kaepernick’s 58-yard scramble to the Seahawks’ 10-yard line, which followed his 12-yard scramble – both up the gut of the Seahawks’ No. 1-ranked defense. It was ruled that Dixon had scored on third down, but the play was reviewed and overturned. Dixon then scored on fourth-and-1 with 10:03 left in the half. The 49ers had scored one TD in 22 possessions against the Seahawks in their two regular-season games, but got this TD on their third possession of the game. The Seahawks got on the ensuing possession, as Russell Wilson’s 51-yard pass to Doug Baldwin gave them a first down at the 49ers’ 11. But they had to settle for a 2-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka that made it 10-3 with 5:47 left in the half. Wilson was 3 of 5 for 62 yards, with two of the completions to Baldwin for 58 yards, on the nine-play, 62-yard drive. After the defense forced its first three-and-out of the game, the Seahawks drove to the 49ers 38, but Wilson’s fourth-down pass went off the hands of Golden Tate.
Player of the quarter: Kaepernick. The 49ers’ QB made the play – with his legs – to set up the only TD of the half.
Play of the quarter: Kaepernick’s 58-yard scramble to the Seahawks’ 11 to set up the only TD of the half. Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman missed tackles on the play and it took a saving tackle from All-Pro strong safety Kam Chancellor to prevent Kaepernick from scoring.
Number of the quarter: 77. That’s Mike Iupati’s uniform number, and the 49ers’ lost their Pro Bowl left guard to an ankle injury on the play where Dixon scored.
In a nutshell: 49ers 17, Seahawks 13. The Seahawks tied the score with 9:51 left in the quarter on a 40-yard TD run by Marshawn Lynch, who used a block by eligible-lineman Alvin Bailey to break free. Lynch carried three times for 56 yards on the four-play, 60-yard drive. But the 49ers then drove 83 yards in six plays to regain the lead on Colin Kaepernick’s 26-yard TD pass to Anquan Boldin, who made the catch in the end zone against All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas. On back-to-back plays, Kaepernick completed a 22-yard pass to Michael Crabtree and ran for 22 yards. The Seahawks then used a 69-yard kickoff return by Doug Baldwin to set up a 40-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka that made it 17-13 with 3:55 left in the quarter.
Player of the quarter: Lynch. Six carries. Sixty-four yards. Six points. Now that works.
Play of the quarter: Beast Quake III. The Seahawks’ offense needed something after producing 126 yards in the first half. Lynch provided it with his 40-yard scoring run into the south end zone – above which Macklemore and Ryan Adam performed at halftime – setting off a celebration that made the press box at CenturyLink field vibrate.
Number of the quarter: 89. That’s Baldwin’s uniform number, and his kickoff return set up a field goal and he also had two receptions for 17 yards.
In a nutshell: Seahawks 23, 49ers 17. The Seahawks took their first lead of the game with 13:44 left in the final quarter, and it came on fourth-and-7 as Russell Wilson launched a pass into the end zone for a 35-yard TD pass to Jermaine Kearse, who had tight coverage from the 49ers’ Carlos Rogers. The play capped an eight-play, 62-yard drive that started at the end of the third quarter. On the sixth play of the 49ers’ ensuing series, Cliff Avril slapped the ball from Colin Kaepernick’s hand and Michael Bennett recovered the fumble to give the Seahawks a first down at the 49ers’ 6. But Marshawn Lynch fumbled on fourth down and Michael Robinson recovered. But the 49ers got the ball. The Seahawks got the ball right back, at the 49ers’ 40, when All-Pro strong safety Kam Chancellor intercepted Kaepernick’s pass that was intended for Anquan Boldin. Chancellor’s pick set up a 47-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka that extended the Seahawks’ lead to 23-17 with 3:37 left. But it took a tip of a Kaepernick pass in the end zone by Richard Sherman that linebacker Malcolm Smith picked off with 22 seconds left to ice it.
Players of the quarter: The Seahawks’ defense. The Avril-to-Bennett play. The pick by Chancellor. The pass defensed by Richard Sherman that led to a Malcolm Smith interception. The effort from the line, to the linebackers, to the Legion of Boom secondary. Good stuff.
Play of the quarter: The TD pass from Wilson to Kearse. It defied logic, but it gave the Seahawks the lead.
Number of the quarter: XLVIII. The Seahawks are Super Bowl bound.