SEPT. 15, AT SEATTLE
Seahawks 29, 49ers 3
In a Week 2 Sunday night football clash, former Cal running back Marshawn Lynch had three touchdowns and the Seahawks’ defense kept the Niners out of the end zone to claim the victory in Seattle. Lynch had 98 yards rushing on 28 carries, scoring on runs of 14 and 2 yards, and had three catches for 37 yards, scoring on a 7-yard reception.
Both defenses stood out, but the Seahawks limited the Niners to just a third-quarter field goal. Neither young quarterback was able to get much going in the passing game. The Niners’ Colin Kaepernick was 13-of-28 for 127 yards and was picked off three times, while the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson was 8-of-19 for 142 yards with an interception. Kaepernick did have 87 yards rushing.
Anquan Boldin, who starred in the season-opening win over Green Bay with 13 catches for 208 yards, had just one catch for 7 yards vs. the Seahawks.
The game featured nasty weather that forced an hour delay in the first half.
DEC. 8, AT S.F.
49ers 19, Seahawks 17
Phil Dawson did a bulk of the scoring, but it was Frank Gore who had the most memorable play in the Week 15 matchup at Candlestick Park. The Niners’ running back bolted out of the backfield for a 51-yard run to set up Dawson’s go-ahead 22-yard field goal with 26 seconds left to deny the Seahawks a chance to clinch the NFC West.
Gore’s run was part of his 17-carry, 110-yard day, a marked improvement from his nine-carry, 16-yard performance in the earlier meeting between the teams. Lynch finished with 72 yards rushing and a TD, but only 22 of those yards came in the second half.