Seahawks finish off fading 49ers

AP

The 49ers’ playoff hopes were extinguished by their bitter rivals.

Fending off a spirited first-half challenge, the Seahawks pushed to a 17-7 victory over the visiting Niners on Sunday. The win officially knocks San Francisco out of playoff contention for the first time in Jim Harbaugh’s four seasons as coach. And with speculation about Harbaugh’s future flowing unchecked, it’s reasonable to wonder if his San Francisco tenure will be over in two games.

Early on, the 49ers (7-7) played skillfully and boldly, taking a 7-3 halftime lead on Frank Gore’s 10-yard TD run. However, the offense sputtered in the final two quarters, gaining just 67 yards without Gore (concussion) throughout and tailback Carlos Hyde (undisclosed injury) out of the lineup.

The Seahawks would capitalize, taking the lead for good with 2:19 left in the third quarter on Marshawn Lynch’s four-yard TD run.

Then, after a Niners three-and-out, the Seahawks would effectively put the game away, with quarterback Russell Wilson hitting rookie receiver Paul Richardson for a 10-yard score with 13:20 left. The drive was kept alive by a seemingly dubious roughing the passer penalty on San Francisco’s Nick Moody, who hit Wilson in the chest with his helmet.

The 49ers’ offense then cobbled together one more serious drive, but their 14-play, 55-yard march would end with the Seahawks stuffing fullback Bruce Miller on 4th-and-1 at the Seattle 38 with 5:30 left. The Niners got the ball back once more, but they could not move the chains on four downs, and Seattle ran out the final two-and-a-half minutes.

The Seahawks play at Arizona next Sunday in a game that could decide the NFC West. The 49ers, meanwhile, host fading San Diego on Saturday night in what could be Harbaugh’s penultimate home game at Levi’s Stadium.

74 responses to “Seahawks finish off fading 49ers

  1. That call was well in FG range.

    Hawks win regardless, just by 6 instead of 10.

    Also, two PI calls on SF early were also missed. Those were much more “game changing” than the roughing call.

    You don’t win with 67 yards in the second half.

  2. Hawks fan here, Terri me call on the roughing the passer, was a 4 point swing I’m the game. With that said, Kaep showed absolutely nothing to believe he was going to bring the 9ers back in the game. Penalties need to be cleaned up on Seattle’s. On to the Cards!

  3. I didn’t think I’d feel this way but I am sad that that was the final game against Harbaugh’s 49ers. It was a great rivalry while it lasted and its hard to think about what might have been. What an amazing team the 49ers have been. GO HAWKS

  4. When Wilson gets paid, the Seahawks will have to shed Pro Bowl players (see Dashon Goldson) for cap reasons and they can kiss that dominating defense bye bye. Enjoy it while it lasts.

  5. Hawks fan here, Terrible call on the roughing the passer, was a 4 point swing in the game. With that said, Kaep showed absolutely nothing to believe he was going to bring the 9ers back in the game. Penalties need to be cleaned up on Seattle’s. On to the Cards

  6. I thought Wilson’s o-line is horrendous, Kaep’s way worse…didnt help that they played the seahawks. It was a good rivalry but clearly the hawks qb, defense, special teams, receivers are better… No catches for Davis and I think 1 catch for Boldin for 15 yards?!

  7. Where’s the rant on how the hawks are done and one hit wonders?

    A season sweep to send the annoying forty whiners and their bandwagon fans golfing.

    Green bay loses today. Philly eagles defeated in their own barn.

    Look out Arizona. I picture Michael Bennett showing his regards to lindley

  8. I’m a Hawks fan, but I can’t be the only one that was embarrassed about that roughing the passer penalty. That was a pretty bad call.

  9. Arizona, Green Bay, Dallas, place thats half on fire outside Lions stadium, one of your cities please step up and send these morons back to irrelevance. The fans are unbearable!

  10. The niners, down two scores in the 4th quarter, looked lethargic. I realize you are in Seattle where running the hurry up is tougher, but that exact situation should have been practiced repeatedly throughout the week. Instead, they were huddling and taking at least 35 seconds to run every single play. The team looked lifeless out there.

  11. Seahawks have it better than the Niners. Bitter haters need to be humbled with a new coach and ten more years of sub .500

  12. I don’t get it. Gabbert outplayed kaepernick and so did Alex smith when he was there. Does kaepernick have information in management that we don’t know about? How does he become the highest paid QB in the league?

  13. This is karma for Jim Harbaugh benching Alex Smith for that arrogant gangly ostrich because poor Smith was brave enough to report his concussion symptoms.

  14. With Miami virtually out of the playoffs themselves, the way is clear for Steven Ross to get his idol.

  15. I’ve never seen a bigger jobbing by the refs than tonight. I’m a neutral fan but between this and the fail Mary, it really seems like the league is trying to promote its richest owner’s team.

  16. Don’t you Santa Clara “fans” DARE to blame this fiasco on Greg Roman. I mean, it’s obvious to everyone but the Niners Defense Force, but Colin Kaepernick is garbage. Why is this Roman’s fault again? The poor guy is forced to design an offense around a gimmick QB who can’t pass, a totally done RB who hit the 30s wall, and a nonexistent WR corps due to Baalke and Harbaugh constantly wasting draft picks on complete busts like AJ Jenkins, Quinton Patton, LaMichael James, Vance McDonald, Jimmie Ward, Blaine Gabbert, Stevie Johnson, etc. Roman is Jimbo’s handpicked OC and Kaepernick is Jimbo’s handpicked franchise QB.

  17. Was fun being the hammer the drove the nail in the 49ers coffin. Harbaughs gone and so are the niner trolls. Haven’t heard from the typical losers like ctiggs for awhile. All the talk about seahawks bandwagon fans and yet they are the ones that that bailed after the thanksgiving beatdown. Now since that’s over those niner fans get to watch the seahawks go deep into the playoffs and possibly win it all again. Green bay lost and if seattle wins out guess what?? The road to the super bowl will go thru seattle!!!! Uh Oh, could all you haters be wrong and the Hawks be that good? I think so and they’ll prove you wrong again.

  18. Jim Harbaugh>Pete Carrol. Harbaugh is 7-6 in head-to-head matchups as their days facing each other inter-division are now surely over.. ‘Hawks once again ride a BOGUS call to glory.

    Whatever

  19. Jim Harbaugh got caught screaming at a trash can during the game.

    Someone yelled “Jim, what are you doing?” To which he irately responded, “Coaching the San Francisco 49ers, what does it look like?!” “Jim…that’s a can full of garbage!” his friend informed him. With a confused look on his face, Harbaugh said “Huh, I guess I couldn’t tell the difference.”

  20. Kaepernick sat nervously in the locker room listening to his Beats until Harbaugh threw a balled piece of paper at him. Thinking it was some new plays, he uncrumpled it but found nothing but scribbles. Initially he thought it might have had some deep meaning but was unsure. He went up to Harbaugh for explanation to which Harbaugh asked “Where did you get that paper? I just tossed that in the trash.”

  21. Niners played hard, gotta give em that. Ran a bunch of new stuff, went no huddle, tried everything. Then after Hawks coaches adjusted, they got 61 yards the second half. OWNED.

  22. Down two scores and you burn 8 minutes of the fourth quarter clock. Give up a boatload of sacks, miss WIDE open receivers all day, and get absolutely symird in the second half(giving some slack for losing #1 and #2 RB’s). Pretty sure it wasn’t that horrible call that lost the game. How about you su c it up and not give up an easy pass and catch TD two plays later.

  23. That Kaepernick contract was a huge mistake. Called that one when it happened. Kaepernick made his living riding on the back of his defense, yet he got paid like the team rode him. Horrible investment. If the 49ers were smart, they made that contract out in a way they can dump Kaepernick without killing their cap.

  24. thereisfootballwestofjersey says:
    Dec 14, 2014 8:21 PM
    Jim Harbaugh>Pete Carrol. Harbaugh is 7-6 in head-to-head matchups as their days facing each other inter-division are now surely over.. ‘Hawks once again ride a BOGUS call to glory.

    Whatever

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    Cool Story:

    NFL record, including playoffs:
    Carroll 5
    Harbaugh 4

    Head to head in the Playoffs:
    Carroll 1
    Harbaugh 0

    Super Bowl Championships:
    Carroll 1
    Harbaugh 0

    So…. tell me that story again?

  25. His hand actually hit Wilson’s chest and his face was up. Not the crown of helmet. Not sure how else u can hit a qb… Or what about the 15 yard hitting the defenseless receiver after he took 3 steps before hit…… Refs had it out for the niners.

  26. The call made no difference at all to the outcome of the game so quit whining. They don’t get that call, the Seahawks get a field goal instead and win by 6 instead of 10. Even if they somehow screw it up and not get 3 there, like they did at the end of the 1st half, they still win.

    It was a bad call, but it’s nice being on the benefitting side of a bad call. The Seahawks have been on the wrong side of 2 egregiously bad calls this year that actually did affect the outcome of 2 of their losses. So, I have a hard time feeling bad about it, and will repeat what the haters say to Seahawks fans when calls don’t go their way… Quit whining.

    Good game by the 49ers though, this was the best they’ve played all year and they made it a tough game for the Seahawks.

  27. Hard to believe that a rivalry now consists of just 4 seasons and it is done. Hopefully the 49ers find the coach/players/motivation that can keep this rivalry alive.

  28. There’s a lot of gibber jabber back and forth but I’m sadly thinking this great rivalry has come to an end. Love my Hawks since watching the team with my pops during the Largent era but this rivalry has better than all this AFC West days/teams combined. How SF let’s Harbaugh walk is beyond me. Both teams made the other better and brought well deserved respect and recognition to the Best Coast. Hope this really isn’t an end to an epic rivalry that compares to the greats of SF vs DAL, PIT vs BAL, etc.

    Go Hawks!

  29. Congrats to the Seahawks. Can’t wait to settle it next Sunday in Arizona… Nice try, Jimmy H and the 49ers. Welcome to what they call in the NFL rebuilding stage. For you, I hope it lasts a decade.

    That said, it is laughable to see ‘hawk’s fans saying the Hochuli roughing call made no difference in the outcome (‘they’d just win be six instead of ten’)… That call was huge at that time.

    But I admit as a Cardinals fan I was pulling for the 49ers (I’ll never make that mistake again).

    Go Cards! Bring on the Seahawks in Glendale. The over/under has to be 15… I’ll take the under.

  30. Don’t see how its Harbaughs fault. Maybe something comes out later citing internal matters. But Harbaugh and the OC Greg Roman aren’t the ones that are throwing the ball over the WRs heads. At their feet. Errant out of bounds. Holding the ball too long. Not seeing wide open WRs waving their hands downfield. Or choosing not to throw the ball away and avoid sacks. The problem I see is the QB.

  31. sharksfan97 says:

    When Wilson gets paid, the Seahawks will have to shed Pro Bowl players (see Dashon Goldson) for cap reasons and they can kiss that dominating defense bye bye. Enjoy it while it lasts.
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    You’re completely ignorant.

    The Seahawks have more that $32 million in cap space for 2015, the 5th most in the NFL. Wilson will take up at most $9 million of that, leaving $23 million to re-sign any of their own guys and probably at least one big name free agent, like Ndomakong Suh. Sorry to burst your bubble but you are dreaming. The Seahawks have plenty of cap space to compete for Super Bowls for at least the next 5 years.

  32. The 49ers on the other hand are more than $10 million OVER the cap and you can probably say goodbye to Willis, Davis, Justin Smith, Stevie Johnson, Ray McDonald and probably Boldin. And even that will only get you enough space to re-sign Iupati and Crabtree.

  33. Any QB that has Martin as one of their tackles does not have the best talent in the league. Kap has a ways to go so no need to make crap up.

  34. I wonder how good the 9ers could’ve been if they didn’t have a gimmick quarterback?
    I wonder if the next coach will keep the gimmick quarterback?

  35. oldtrollmcgee says:

    U think Russell is gonna stay for 9 million? You are delusional. My god are any of your fans not in middle school?
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    Uh no, but that’s the 1st year prorated cap hit based on $25 million in guarantees and an $18-20 million average. You obviously know nothing about how the salary cap works or how cap charges are calculated.

    Maybe you should go back to middle school and read up on the salary cap before you make an even bigger fool of yourself

  36. oldtrollmcgee says:

    U think Russell is gonna stay for 9 million? You are delusional. My god are any of your fans not in middle school?
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    Seriously dude you obviously don’t understand fact #1 about the salary cap works. Paul Allen writes Russell Wilson a check for $25 million and it only counts $5 million against the cap. Come back here when you what you’re talking about.

    Which means we won’t see you again. What a dunce.

  37. Hey Mcgee! A full contract doesn’t hit the cap all at once genius!! The 9 mill was an estimated one year hit to the cap on his upcoming, “more than 9 mill” contract!

  38. shlort says:
    Dec 14, 2014 8:44 PM
    That Kaepernick contract was a huge mistake. Called that one when it happened. Kaepernick made his living riding on the back of his defense, yet he got paid like the team rode him. Horrible investment. If the 49ers were smart, they made that contract out in a way they can dump Kaepernick without killing their cap.

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    Listen to your hate bro……You sound like you don’t know football, Kaeps contract is very team friendly 1st off, 2nd you don’t get to a Super Bowl “Riding on the back of the defense” when you play all good teams on the road……Like for instance when Kaep went in carolina last year and treated that #3 ranked defense like toddlers…..not to mention breaking for a 70 yard run on the #1 defense in the playoffs…..I seen terrible play from manning yet no one is critical. Lets see the seahawks go on the road and make the Super Bowl cuz i doubt it will happen

  39. The 49ers on the other hand are more than $10 million OVER the cap and you can probably say goodbye to Willis, Davis, Justin Smith, Stevie Johnson, Ray McDonald and probably Boldin. And even that will only get you enough space to re-sign Iupati and Crabtree.

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    Perfect for Jim when he leaves for Oakland. He will get back most of those guys and will already have a rising core in Oakland while Denver starts to fade with Manning.

    Hopefully the idiot York and Baalke fire Vic Fangio with him and hire Mike Shanahan.

  40. The 49ers on the other hand are more than $10 million OVER the cap and you can probably say goodbye to Willis, Davis, Justin Smith, Stevie Johnson, Ray McDonald and probably Boldin. And even that will only get you enough space to re-sign Iupati and Crabtree.

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    Who wants crabtree back? lol Ill take boldin, Ray ray, and willis. everyone else can go

  41. Nice to see the pftpoet trolling the Seahawks comment pages and making his typical, outdated and unoriginal comments. Adderall? Really? The last Seahawk to get busted for Adderall use was Bruce Irvin in April 2013. Hey, poet, are the names DeMarcus Love and Spencer Nealy familiar to you? Let me refresh your memory. In August 2013, Love, a Vikings player, was suspended 4 games for PED use. In July 2014, Nealy, also a Vikings player, was busted for PED use and suspended for 4 games.

    Neither of these players currently play for the Vikings . . . just like all of the Seahawks players who tested positive in the past, with the exception of Irvin, are now FORMER-Seahawks.

    Time to move on, poet, and find something more current and relevant!

    One thing we can all take great satisfaction in, though, is that having you here, trolling the Seahawks comment section, simply means that your ridiculous prognostications about how your pathetic Vikings were going to begin their eternal domination of the NFL have proven to be nothing more than the misguided, ignorant blather of a self-important tool!

    Hope you enjoy watching the Seahawks play in yet another postseason while Minnesota tries to figure out how to make something out of the trash-heap of a team that they have and hope that their below-average QB can at least reach average.

  42. Turn out the lights the party is over for the 40whiners!!!

    Didn’t see Kap kissing his bicep tonite

  43. dioalice says: Dec 14, 2014 9:43 PM

    Congrats to the Seahawks. Can’t wait to settle it next Sunday in Arizona

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    Unfortunately it was settled when Arizona lost Palmer and I am not naive enough to think the same wouldn’t happen to the Hawks if Wilson went down… That being said as a resident of Phoenix since 2009 I am so looking forward to seeing this historic game for both franchises live and in person! I have heard talk of home field advantage for the Card’s but to be honest, Arizona’s fans are just as fly by night as the whiner fans so I expect to be doing cross stadium chants of SEA-HAWKS! by halftime… Oh, and seriously last years Cardinal victory in Seattle used up the “shocker” card so understand that the team showing up in Glendale will be: prepared, motivated, focused, and on fire! Even with Palmer this game would go to the champs! To be the best, you must beat the best, and Arizona has not, and will not, be able to deliver that condition. GO HAWKS Final score 23-6 Seattle

  44. Final score 23-6 Seattle

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    Thanks for the vote of confidence but I don’t see any way that the ‘hawks O puts up 23 points on that Cardinals D. The Cards haven’t given up more than 20 points ALL SEASON. The saving grace, of course, is that the Arizona offense has only visited the end zone twice in the past four weeks and will almost certainly be playing Ryan Lindley at QB. So, if you’re talking about a couple of pick-sixes and three field goals, then I suppose Seattle could manage 23 points.

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