The Seahawks placed rookie outside linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis on injured reserve Friday, ending his season because of a shoulder injury he suffered in the game at Kansas City on Nov. 16. Pierre-Louis had become part of the regular rotation at linebacker while Bobby Wagner was out with a turf toe injury.

The Seahawks also claimed rookie cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy off waivers Friday from Indianapolis. Purifoy (5-foot-11, 190 pounds) left Florida after his junior year in 2013 to enter the 2014 NFL draft, but was not selected. He was signed by the Colts as a rookie free agent.

Purifoy went into the preseason competing with cornerback Marcus Burley before the Colts traded Burley to the Seahawks on Aug. 30 for a sixth-round draft pick in 2015.

Signing Purifoy could mean that nickelback Jeremy Lane may be out longer than expected. Lane, who was on injured reserve for seven games with a groin injury, did not play Thursday because of a glute injury.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The 19-3 victory Thursday night for the Seattle Seahawks against the San Francisco 49ers was crucial in many ways, but one key way is the fact that the Seahawks have the toughest finishing schedule in the NFL.

The Seahawks finish the season against teams with a combined record of 29-17, a .630 winning percentage. That’s easily the highest among the four teams competing for the two NFC wild-card spots.

The 49ers (7-5) are one game back of the Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys and Seahawks, all at 8-4. San Francisco has the second-hardest remaining schedule among the playoff contenders in the NFC.

The Seahawks, however, still aren’t out of the picture for the NFC West title, even though they will need some help. The Arizona Cardinals are 9-2 entering Sunday’s game at the 4-7 Atlanta Falcons.

The Seahawks will play the Cardinals in Arizona on Dec. 21 and already beat them at Seattle last week. But Seattle still needs Arizona to lose to someone else, even if the Seahawks win in Arizona.

Here’s is the strength of schedule for the four NFC teams in wild-card contenders at the moment:

Seahawks (8-4) -- .630.
49ers (7-5) -- .556.
Dallas Cowboys (8-4) -- .522.
Detroit Lions (8-4) -- .422.

The remaining four opponents for Seattle are the Philadelphia Eagles (9-3), the 49ers (7-5), the Cardinals (9-2) and the St. Louis Rams (4-7).

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Midway through the third quarter Thursday night, with the Seattle Seahawks leading the San Francisco 49ers 16-0, a good portion of the crowd at Levi’s Stadium left the building.

Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman noticed the exodus.

“Yeah, I waved to them goodbye,” Sherman said.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Sherman, who already had one interception in the game, had a warning for the 49ers.

“I was laughing the whole time,” Sherman said. “I told their sideline if they threw it my way I would end the game.”

That he did, coming up with his second interception and sealing a 19-3 victory in a dominating performance by the Seattle defense against an NFC West rival.

At this point, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick must be seeing Sherman in his nightmares.

Once again, Sherman was the star of the show, just as he was in the NFC Championship Game last season, making the game-saving deflection in the end zone (that Malcolm Smith intercepted) to secure the victory.

And once again, Sherman had plenty to say afterward. Not like the national TV rant in January in which he ripped 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree, but Sherman made his point, just the same.

First were his feelings about the 49ers' fans.

“Somebody threw a glass bottle at the end,” Sherman said. “Every time we came through the tunnel, there were a lot of vulgar things being said. Sometimes you should let sleeping dogs lie. It makes you appreciate your own fans and how they stay for the whole game regardless of the outcome.”

Next was talk about his “history” with Kaepernick.

“What history? I know no history,” Sherman said. “There was an opponent [Kaepernick] who said he would throw it to the open man. He didn’t care who was out there [in coverage]. I was the open man.”

And he got in his little dig at Crabtree, who had three receptions for only 10 yards Thursday.

“I have respect for their receivers,” Sherman said. “Stevie [Johnson] is very talented. Anquan [Boldin] has been a terror in this league for a while. Brandon Lloyd as well. Obviously, you guys know I’m minus one.”

Sherman didn’t mention Crabtree one time all week. He never even mentioned the 49ers. His only public comments were his little satirical skit, with receiver Doug Baldwin, taking shots at the NFL over Marshawn Lynch's $100,000 fine for not talking.

Was that his way to deflect the attention away from the rivalry?

“In a way,” he admitted. “Some people said we weren’t focused, but we obviously were focused. We weren’t worried about the NFC Championship Game. That was last year. It just didn’t matter.”

What mattered was winning an important divisional matchup to improve to 8-4 and drop the 49ers to third place at 7-5 with only four games to play.

“We know them so well it’s like playing against your brothers,” Sherman said. “You know all their moves and what they’re going to do, so it comes down to will against will. It’s head-up, nose-to-nose, man-up football.”

Sherman won those battles again against the 49ers.

“Somebody said they threw at [Sherman] five times and he had two picks,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “He was all over it. I’m really fired up for him because there’s been a lot of scrutiny [on Sherman] and a lot of people watching what he was going to do in this game. He went out and played really good fundamental football, as he has all season.”


Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman criticizes San Francisco 49ers fans, saying they can't compare to the "12th man" in Seattle.
Observed and heard in the Seattle Seahawks locker room after their 19-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers:

Cornerback Richard Sherman on the second of his two interceptions: “I was laughing. I told [the 49ers] on the sidelines not to throw at me or I would end the game.”

Sherman on some of the fans leaving in the third quarter: "I saw it. I waved bye to them.”

Quarterback Russell Wilson: “We came out with our boxing gloves on. I thought the fight in our eyes was unmatched. We pretty much were lights out the whole game. What we did tonight was pretty special.”

Seahawks' defense too much for 49ers

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The Seattle Seahawks are back to their old ways -- winning with defense.

For the second straight game, the Seahawks did not surrender a touchdown. They’re the first team to do that this season and it’s the first time the Seahawks haven’t allowed a touchdown in consecutive games since 2005.

It’s no surprise that the Seahawks' defense was led by Richard Sherman, who had multiple interceptions for the fourth time in his career. Sherman now has 23 career interceptions, eight more than any other player since entering the league in 2011.

The Seahawks are now 3-0 against the 49ers when Sherman has an interception and 0-4 against them when he doesn’t have an interception.

The Seahawks' defense held Colin Kaepernick to a season-low 121 passing yards. For just the second time in his career -- both against the Seahawks -- Kaepernick had multiple interceptions with no passing touchdowns.

Kaepernick snapped a streak of 18 straight games with a passing touchdown, which was tied with Steve Young for the longest streak in 49ers history.

The 49ers' loss snaps a five-game home win streak against the Seahawks, but Kaepernick and the 49ers have struggled against the Seahawks.

The three points for the 49ers are their fewest in a game since Week 2 of last season, when they lost 29-3 in Seattle.

The 49ers have scored fewer than 20 points in all five of their games against the Seahawks (including playoffs) with Kaepernick as their starting quarterback. They have just four total touchdowns in those five games. Kaepernick has three passing touchdowns and nine interceptions in those games.

Kaepernick was 4-of-15 passing deeper than five yards downfield in Thursday’s game for 37 yards and two interceptions. His eight off-target throws at that distance are tied for the most in a game in his career.

Wagner On Divisional Win

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Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner discusses the Seahawks' 19-3 win over the 49ers in which he had 10 tackles.

Tedy Bruschi discusses the play of Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick in Seattle's 19-3 win over San Francisco and what Pete Carroll has done to turn the Seahawks around.

Rapid Reaction: Seattle Seahawks

November, 27, 2014
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A few thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 19-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday at Levi’s Stadium:

What it means: The Seahawks improved to 8-4, winning for the fifth time in the past six games. Seattle now is 12-1 in prime-time games since Pete Carroll became the head coach. It was the first road win against the 49ers since 2008, but Seattle has won four of the past five meetings.

Game ball: San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick must see Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman in his nightmares. The man who sealed the victory over the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game last season had two interceptions Thursday. Sherman made the first big play of the game, intercepting a Kaepernick pass near midfield in the first quarter to set up Seattle’s only touchdown. And Sherman sealed the victory with another interception in the fourth quarter. It was Sherman, of course, who made the game-saving tip in the end zone (that Malcolm Smith intercepted) to secure the victory over the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.

Stock watch: Tight end Tony Moeaki is the steal of the season. Learn how to pronounce this guy’s name because you’re going to hear it a lot. The Seahawks signed him as a free agent on Nov. 4. The former Kansas City Chiefs player now has six receptions for 98 yards and one TD in three games, including a 63-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter.

Definitive D: Another outstanding effort by the Seattle defense. The Seahawks have not allowed a touchdown in the past two games and have given up only six points. Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner had 10 tackles, including two for losses. And the sack attack is back. The Seahawks kept constant pressure on Kaepernick with Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and Bruce Irvin each recording a sack. The secondary blanketed the 49ers' receivers. San Francisco didn’t complete a pass longer than 16 yards, and that was to running back Carlos Hyde.

Beastly again: Marshawn Lynch rushed for 104 yards on 20 carries, including a lot of tough yards of the middle. It was an impressive effort on only four days rest.

Hausch money: Kicker Steven Hauschka has kicked eight field goals in the past two games, including four Thursday night. He is 8-of-9 in the two games and his only miss was a blocked kick.

Crazy punt: Rarely does a dropped snap on a punt turn out so well for the punting team. Seattle punter Jon Ryan dropped the snap, picked it up and had plenty of room to run for a first down, but kicked it. San Francisco returner Perrish Cox (a former Seahawk) fumbled after a hit by Ricardo Lockette and O’Brien Schofield recovered for the Seahawks at the San Francisco 40.

What’s next: The Seahawks will take the rest of the Thanksgiving weekend off before returning to work Monday to start preparing to play the 9-3 Eagles in Philadelphia on Dec. 7. It’s Seattle’s last game outside the NFC West. The Seahawks will close the regular season with three divisional games -- the 49ers at Seattle on Dec. 14, the Arizona Cardinals on the road in a Sunday night game on Dec. 21, and the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink on Dec. 28.

Seahawks at 49ers inactives

November, 27, 2014
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NFL Nation Game Day Live: Thanksgiving edition

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Happy Thanksgiving! Follow along below for the latest coverage from our NFL Nation reporters on this week’s Thursday matchups.

Last week, the Seattle Seahawks were in a must-win situation at home in a big NFC West game against the Arizona Cardinals. Now it’s the San Francisco 49ers in the must-win home against their division rivals from up north.

Both teams are 7-4 and trailing the Cardinals by two games with five to play. But the 49ers cannot afford to lose at home on Thanksgiving night and fall into third place in the NFC West when they have to play 17 days later at Seattle, a place where they’ve lost three consecutive times and five of the last six trips to CenturyLink Field. And the Seahawks have lost five consecutive road games against the 49ers.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson’s road-game totals against San Francisco are not good. Wilson is 24 of 48 passing in those two games for an average of only 160.5 yards per game. He has one TD and two interceptions in those two games and a QB rating of 60.3.

The Seahawks are 11-1 in prime-time games under Pete Carroll, but the one loss came two years ago in a Thursday night road game against the 49ers.

My prediction: 49ers 16, Seahawks 14
If you think Michael Crabtree’s issues with the Seattle Seahawks in general, Richard Sherman in particular, began in the NFC title game last season, think again. They might have just reached a crescendo with Sherman’s rant about Crabtree.

“I’m the best corner in the game,” he said after tipping away a potential game-winning fade pass from Colin Kaepernick to Crabtree in the end zone and turning it into a game-sealing interception.

“When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you’re going to get. Don’t you ever talk about me … Crabtree, don’t you open your mouth about the best, or I’m going to shut it for you real quick. L.O.B.”

Legion of Boom aside, both Crabtree and Sherman are having subpar seasons. But Crabtree has never had real success against the Seahawks.

In nine games against Seattle, including the playoffs, Crabtree has yet to catch a touchdown pass, compared to seven TDs in nine regular-season games against the Arizona Cardinals and seven in 10 such games against the St. Louis Rams.

Then there’s this from ESPN Stats & Information: Crabtree has caught only 49.2 percent of his targets against Seattle in his career, compared to 64.0 percent against the rest of the NFL.

Crabtree’s career numbers against the Seahawks: 3.4 receptions per game. 38.9 receiving yards per game and six drops.

Keep in mind, only six of those games have come since the Seahawks drafted Sherman.

And in last January’s NFC Championship Game, while Crabtree did have four receptions, none came on the side of the field usually “patrolled” by Sherman, per ESPN Stats & Information.

But also keep this in mind: While Sherman led the league with eight interceptions last season, he has only one this season.

Neither player took questions from the media about the game in a short week.