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49ers Take the Seahawks Down a Notch

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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.

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  • Holy hell, the 49ers might win the division.

    Um. … ?

  • It’s possible, but I’m hoping that by the end of next Monday the Hawks will be back in the swing of things and can beat both Arizona and San Francisco. We’ll see where SF stands after Sunday at St. Louis.

  • Gordon

    This proves to all YOU people who think the 49ers can’t achieve anything except a 4-12 record that even though we have a young team, we can still have a good season. i know that SF just loss to STL but it was just because of Mike Nolan’s bad choice on 4th&1 and Anrez Battle’s Fumbled Kickoff Return. We were just minutes away from winnig before the SF curse came in. Yeah you people who live in SF you know what i mean. All our sports teams are bad! The giants and 9ers lose a lot of game in the last few minutes of a game, like the closers blowing a save or a fumble at the final minutes of the 4th Quarter!

  • The Niners have had a bad shake the past several seasons, and most of us thought this wasn’t going to be much different.

    I’ll admit it. I’m a little scared of them for the end of this year, let alone next year. Gore is a force to be reckoned with, and I don’t know how St. Louis dodged that bullet.