Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
SEATTLE -- The 49ers absorbed eight sacks and failed to establish Frank Gore in the running game, but they still found a way to beat the staggering Seahawks at Qwest Field.
This was an important victory for the 49ers as they continue to establish J.T. O'Sullivan as their starting quarterback. O'Sullivan took a brutal beating, but he kept coming back for more and willed his team to victory with timely scrambles. The 49ers even got receiver Isaac Bruce involved, proving they could win without Gore carrying the offense.
The Seahawks blew a prime opportunity to weather a brutal string of injuries, watching helplessly as Joe Nedney's 40-yard field goal decided the game in overtime. Seattle had put together a 15-play touchdown drive to tie the score early in the fourth quarter, leaning hard on several lesser-known players. But they could not finish.
Courtney Taylor, rookie Michael Bumpus and mid-week signing Billy McMullen were the Seahawks' only healthy receivers after Logan Payne suffered a knee injury early in the game. Backup quarterback Seneca Wallace had worked at receiver during the week, but he missed the game after suffering a calf injury during warm-ups.
The Seahawks still have time to regain their form offensively once receivers Deion Branch and Bobby Engram return from injuries, probably after Seattle has a bye in Week 4. But they're clearly not the same team with so many unproven players in key roles. And at 0-2, their margin for error could be gone.