Silver linings: 49ers vs. Seahawks


The facts: The San Francisco 49ers fell to 10-4-1 with a 42-13 road defeat to the Seattle Seahawks.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.

  • The 49ers remain atop the NFC West, ahead of the Seahawks.

  • San Francisco can clinch its second consecutive division title with a victory or tie Sunday, or with less than a victory for Seattle.

  • The 49ers can clinch a first-round bye with a victory if Green Bay loses.

  • Rookie LaMichael James set a career high with 201 total yards: 172 on returns, 15 rushing and 14 receiving.

  • Patrick Willis collected his second interception of the season.

  • David Akers connected on a field-goal try from 54 yards. He needs one more from 50-plus yards to tie Joe Nedney's franchise record (10).

  • The concussion Vernon Davis suffered apparently will not sideline him for long. He has already received clearance from an independent doctor, a significant step forward in his recovery.

  • Delanie Walker caught a touchdown pass for the third time this season.

  • Colin Kaepernick completed 6 of 9 passes for 95 yards (10.6 per attempt) during the third quarter.

Looking ahead: The 49ers are home against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17.