Upon Further Review: 49ers Week 14

December, 9, 2013
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A review of four hot issues from the San Francisco 49ers' 19-17 win over Seattle:

[+] EnlargeSan Francisco's Kassim Osgood
AP Photo/Marcio Jose SanchezKassim Osgood's blocked punt led to a field goal.
Gore comes through: In the previous three games, the San Francisco 49ers’ ground game struggled. Sunday, though, it helped fuel the win over the Seahawks. Starter Frank Gore had a 51-yard run on the 49ers’ final drive to set up the game-winning field goal. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the 49ers had 137 rushing yards before contact. It was a season worst for the Seattle defense.

Osgood factor: San Francisco's special teams are much improved. That has helped the 49ers all season, and Sunday was no different. Special teams ace Kassim Osgood had a blocked punt in the first quarter, which led to a field goal. Had Osgood not blocked the punt, the 49ers may not have won this tight game. Osgood has been making plays all season, but this one was his biggest.

Dawson is on fire: Speaking of outstanding special teams play, kicker Phil Dawson continues to be one of the 49ers’ most vital players. He had four field goals Sunday, including the game winner with 26 seconds remaining in the game. Dawson has made 20 straight field goal attempts. He has been a major upgrade over David Akers.

Message sent: Niners guard Alex Boone said 49ers players told Seattle players after the game that they will see them in Seattle in the postseason. It could happen. If so, the 49ers will be confident based on this performance. Yes, the 49ers have been beaten by a combined score of 71-16 in the past two games in Seattle, but Sunday’s win shows San Francisco can still play with the Seahawks.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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