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Santa Clara, CA – Robbie Gould’s final kick in overtime ended the 49ers ten-game losing streak against the Seattle Seahawks. It was a wonderful feeling at Levi’s Stadium especially after being embarrassed in Seattle two weeks ago.
San Francisco recorded their first win against the Seahawks since 2013. Their 26-23 win today marked the franchise’s fourth win of the season and a strong finish for a team that’s been crippled by injuries all year.
Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 48-yard field goal to tie the game 23-23 at the end of regulation. In overtime, the 49ers dominated thanks to a few costly penalties against Seattle. Nick Mullens who threw for 275 yards and a touchdown moved his offense into great field position.
Jeff Wilson racked up enough yards to setup Gould’s 36-yard field goal for the win. Today’s game was competitive compared to the horrible loss 43-16 loss two weeks ago. Well that loss stayed with San Francisco and today they got their revenge.
Arik Armstead talks about the 49ers finally beating the Seahawks:
The Seahawks jumped on the board first when they scored on opening drive. Russell Wilson went deep for a 20-yard pass then connected with Doug Baldwin for a 5-yard touchdown. Janikowski missed the extra point. During that first series the 49ers lost Ahkello Witherspoon to a knee injury and he did not return.
On the next play, Richie James Jr. returned a 97-yard kick for a touchdown to give San Francisco a 7-6 lead. To start of the second, Mullens released a 26-yard pass to Dante Pettis while being sacked. Mullens then found Garrett Celek for a 41-yard touchdown extending the 49ers lead 14-6.
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Seattle answered back when Wilson spotted a wide open Baldwin in between four defenders for a 35-yard touchdown pass. The Seahawks cut the lead to one point with 5 minutes left in the first half. But Mullens was on a roll, he threw a 21-yard pass to George Kittle and then to Celek for 20 yards that setup Robbie Gould’s 28-yard field goal making it a 17-13 game to end the half.
“They fought hard,” said T Duane Brown. “They had good answers for some of our run schemes, but the biggest factor was the penalties. Penalties stopped our drives, pushed us back and made us one-dimensional. We played into their hands. We’re at our best when we have a balanced attack. Sometimes, penalties just killed us.”
By the third Gould kicked a 33-yard field goal to extend the the 49ers lead 20-13. Gould kicked four field goal in total today. But Wilson and his offense kept pushing despite the many penalties. Chris Carson rushed for 26 yards giving Seattle an opportunity. Wilson found Ed Dickson for 8 yards and the first down.
Then a lateral play from Wilson to Tyler Lockett for 9 yards putting them on the goal line to end the third quarter. Carson rushed for the 1-yard touchdown and tied the game 20-20. Gould kicked a 45-yard field goal to make it a 23-20 game. But a shocking roughing the passer call on Wilson moved the ball up 15 yards for Seattle.
Wilson connected with Baldwin for 27 yards and got the first down. That setup Janikowski 48-yard field goal to tie the game 23-23 and send it to overtime. San Francisco never gave up and the reward was the victory. Credit the defense in forcing the Seahawks to punt with 2:37 left in the game and DeForest Buckner.
Buckner picked up his 11th sack of the season and finished with seven tackles and two sacks for a loss of 12 yards. He was a huge factor in the 49ers win today especially by taking Wilson out of the game mentally. It’s not often a that a big defensive player can chase down Wilson like that.
“Sacks are huge verse them,” head coach Kyle Shanahan said. “When you get a sack its very hard to recover from that on any type of drive for an offense and the way that they run the ball. So, when you can get to him and sack him, keep him from doing those off schedule plays, a lot of times it’s the difference between winning and losing with a quarterback like that.”
“Yeah, on a personal level, for sure,” said Buckner. “Getting to double digits, I knew I was capable of it and to see my hard work get paid off, it’s definitely gratifying. I knew I could do it and I worked my tail off in the offseason to get there. I’d like to thank most of my teammates. It’s not one guy, it’s the whole unit up front rushing as a team. Eventually if you rush as a team, someone will get rewarded.”