12/09 02:32 CST 5 things to know after 49ers edge Seahawks 19-17
5 things to know after 49ers edge Seahawks 19-17
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Offensive coordinator Greg Roman saved the special "G"
play for Frank Gore to pull out at just the right time.
Behind at home to their fiercest division rival, the 49ers needed a big gain
from their go-to running back.
Gore's misdirection 51-yard burst set up a go-ahead 22-yard field goal by Phil
Dawson with 26 seconds remaining, and two-time defending champion San Francisco
denied nemesis Seattle a chance to clinch the NFC West on Sunday at Candlestick
Park with a 19-17 win.
Statement game? You bet.
"You guys kind of counted us out already. I felt like Seattle had our number,"
49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman said. "It was a statement game to the world. As
you guys know, this is still our division. Until a team takes that from us, we
will continue to rep this division the right way."
On Gore's run, Roman called the play for the first time since coming to the
49ers before the 2011 season.
"I have to say thanks to my O-line, who did a great job all game," Gore said.
Both the Seahawks (11-2) and 49ers expect another matchup before season's end,
next month in Seattle. San Francisco (9-4) has been outscored 71-16 in its last
two losses in the Pacific Northwest.
"We didn't project it to be this way," Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman
said. "We expected to blow them out but they got the benefit of a few calls
tonight throughout the game, and that helps you especially on third down. We
will see them again and it will be a different result."
Here are five things to take from Sunday's NFC West showdown that saw the end
to Seattle's seven-game winning streak:
BIG-PLAY BOLDIN: Anquan Boldin keeps making clutch catches by the week. And it
sure helps having the defense focus on a healthy Michael Crabtree.
Boldin finished with six receptions for 93 yards, his fourth straight game with
at least five receptions. He became the 30th player in NFL history to surpass
11,000 career yards receiving (11,080).
The emotional Boldin didn't let the boisterous, trash-talking Seattle secondary
get to him.
"If guys want to pretend to be tough, then I look forward to it," Boldin said.
"Talking, that's just what they do. So, I let my play speak for itself."
SEATTLE MISCUES: Russell Wilson had a tough time getting in a groove given all
of the stops and starts - and flying yellow flags.
As in nine penalties for 85 yards. They thwarted Seattle drives, or extended
San Francisco's series.
In one sequence, Seattle was momentarily helped by Donte Whitner's 15-yard
taunting penalty against Marshawn Lynch, then it came right back three plays
later on Michael Robinson's facemask flag and Seattle punted.
With LaMichael James catching the punt, O'Brien Schofield bumped James and
received a 15-yard fair catch interference penalty. That started San
Francisco's drive at the 48 but the 49ers went three and out.
"We play so hard and try to do everything right," Wilson said. "They are going
to call some penalties on us because of how physical we play and how we run the
ball. We have to eliminate the penalties, especially offensively."
DAWSON'S STREAK: Phil Dawson doesn't keep a running count, though he always
strives for consistency.
San Francisco's steady place kicker added four more field goals Sunday, and he
has converted 20 straight. That is a franchise record, topping Joe Nedney's
stretch of 18 consecutive field goals made in 2006-07.
"I try not to think about it," Dawson said. "I try to treat every kick the
same. You have to have a bad memory. Unfortunately, I have a really good memory
and I can remember my last miss."
SEAHAWKS INJURIES: Seattle will likely be without linebacker K.J. Wright for at
least six weeks after he broke a bone in his foot. Seattle coach Pete Carroll
is bracing for a long absence.
"I am really disappointed in that," Carroll said. "He was really upset about
that. So, that looks like a six-week type injury. They have already diagnosed
In addition, center Max Unger injured his chest in the second half, while
safety Jeron Johnson experienced yet further hamstring problems. This time, he
injured the other leg after missing time earlier in the year with a strained
WRIGHT'S RETURN: 49ers cornerback Eric Wright took a quick break for what was
announced as a head injury, then returned late in the game to make the play
that sealed it.
On Wilson's last-ditch deep pass, Wright jumped up to make a two-handed
interception after a Seattle wide receiver fell in front of him.
He is making quite an impact down the stretch in his first season for San
Francisco, despite playing only the past four games following a stint on the
active non-football injury list.
"It was just about being available and having the opportunity to play whenever
it came about, to maximize that opportunity whenever it happened," Wright said.
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