Monday, December 26, 2011
Silver linings: Seahawks vs. 49ers
By Mike Sando
The facts: The Seattle Seahawks fell to 7-8 with a 19-17 home defeat to the San Francisco 49ers.
The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Looking ahead: The Seahawks finish the regular season against the Arizona Cardnials at University of Phoenix Stadium.
- Marshawn Lynch ended two impressive 49ers streaks: 36 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher, and 15 games without allowing a rushing touchdown. Lynch rushed for 83 of his 107 yards in the first half. San Francisco had been allowing 71 yards rushing per game.
- Rookie receiver Ricardo Lockette sparked Seattle's opening drive to a touchdown with a 44-yard reception, the longest offensive gain for either team.
- Rookie receiver Doug Baldwin scored on a 13-yard reception.
- Seattle limited Frank Gore to 3.6 yards per rushing attempt.
- Leon Washington gained 24 yards on his lone punt return.
- The Seahawks finished with better average starting field position than the 49ers. San Francisco entered the game leading the NFL in field position.
- Chris Clemons had three quarterback hits.
- Special-teamer Heath Farwell blocked Andy Lee's punt deep in 49ers territory, setting up Lynch for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.
- Alan Branch and Leroy Hill each had one sack and one quarterback hit.
- The Seahawks limited Alex Smith to 6-of-15 passing for 43 yards in the first half.
- Seattle became the first team since Detroit on Oct. 16 to score a first-quarter touchdown against the 49ers. The Seahawks became the third team all season to score more than one red zone touchdown against the 49ers in a game.
- Tarvaris Jackson threw no interceptions. The 49ers had thrown at least one pick in all but two games previously this season.