Running back Shaun Alexander was back in the starting lineup against the 49ers, but the spotlight was stolen by San Francisco’s running back Frank Gore. Gore tore through the Hawks’ defense, picking up 212 yards on 24 carries and leading the 49ers to a 20-14 victory.
The Hawks went into San Francisco on a six-game winning streak against the 49ers and undefeated against their division this season, but you wouldn’t have known by looking at the first half. Wallace was intercepted in Seattle’s first drive, leading to a field goal for San Francisco. Another interception in the 2nd quarter led to the 49ers’ first touchdown, then San Francisco added another TD and field goal before the end of the half to lead 20-0.
Seattle pulled themselves together in the second half and nearly mounted a comeback. Seneca Wallace connected to Deion Branch for a 38-yard touchdown in the 3rd, then defensive tackle Craig Terrill blocked a 30-yard field goal attempt by Joe Nedney. The miss ended a streak of 65 consecutive field goals of 30 yards or less made by Nedney. Darrell Jackson ran in a 41-yard touchdown in the 4th to make it a six point game with 6:40 left.
Seattle got the ball back after San Francisco went three-and-out and the race was on. With 1:50 left in the game the Hawks found themselves at 4th-and-1 on their own 37 yard line. Seattle went for it, but San Francisco held. On the next play, however, Frank Gore coughed up the ball to Grant Wistrom and Seattle had one more chance.
San Francisco’s Kwame Harris picked off Wallace yet again, seeming to put the nail in the coffin of the Hawks, but a missed 27-yard field goal for Nedney gave Seattle hope one more time. Wallace couldn’t get off a big play and San Francisco went on to win their third straight game for the first time since beating Kansas City in November 2002.
Seattle still sits on top in the NFC West with San Francisco one game behind, and St. Louis one game behind them. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is expected to be back next week as Monday Night Football returns to Seattle for the Hawks vs. the Packers.Powered by Sidelines