A week after a 34-31 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the Seattle Seahawks ended the 2016 regular season on a positive note, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 25-23 and sweeping the season-series against the NFC West rival. With the New Orleans Saints losing to the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, the Seahawks will carry the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs and will host the No. 6-seeded Detroit Lions in the Wild Card round.
After trailing 14-3 at one point in the first half, the Seahawks tallied points on four consecutive possessions, helping build an eventual 25-16 fourth quarter lead. The 49ers would soon score a touchdown to make the score 25-23 with roughly six minutes to go, but led by backup Trevone Boykin, Seattle responded with a clock-burning drive to end the game.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was rested for most of the fourth quarter after completing 19 of 32 passes for 258 yards with one touchdown on the day.
Also contributing on offense was rookie running back Alex Collins, who rushed for a career-high 55 yards on seven attempts, including an electric 26-yard run. Thomas Rawls scored his third rushing touchdown of the season off a one-yard handoff from Wilson.
San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick completed 17 of 22 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown, but faced duress all day. Kaepernick was sacked five times by the Seahawks defense, including two times by linebacker Bobby Wagner, a career-high. The 49ers as a team fumbled three times on the day.
The Seahawks finish the regular season with a 10-5-1 record as they prepare for their fifth-straight postseason appearance. Tickets for the Wild Card matchup against Detroit can be purchased here.
Fan photos from the Seahawks' regular-season finale against the San Francisco 49ers on January 1, 2017 at Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium.