Final

49ers 3

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Seahawks 29

(2-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: NBC

8:30 PM ET, September 15, 2013

CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA 

1 2 3 4 T
SF 0 0 3 03
SEA 0 5 7 1729

Top Performers

Passing: R. Wilson (SEA) - 142 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Lynch (SEA) - 28 CAR, 98 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Baldwin (SEA) - 1 REC, 51 YDS

Marshawn Lynch has 3 TDs as Seahawks silence Niners

Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Richard Sherman celebrated by dancing with cheerleaders, Marshawn Lynch cut, plowed and strolled his way to three touchdowns, and Pete Carroll got a rousing birthday gift.

The highly anticipated NFC West showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers was a one-sided rout.

Lynch scored on runs of 14 and 2 yards, and added a 7-yard touchdown reception in the second half, Seattle flustered Colin Kaepernick into his worst passing game as a starter, and the Seahawks dominated in a 29-3 win Sunday night.

"Every game we feel like we should dominate, and we did," Seattle safety Earl Thomas said.

The game was delayed 60 minutes late in the first quarter when thunderstorms blew through the area. The game was sloppy as opposed to sensational, but Lynch more than did his part.

Lynch finished with 135 total yards, including 98 rushing, to make up for quarterback Russell Wilson's slow start and Seattle's receivers struggling to get open. Lynch's TD run on the first drive of the second half gave the Seahawks a 12-0 lead. His TD catch pushed the advantage to 19-3 early in the fourth quarter.

"We are dedicated to running the ball and we are going to keep working until we really own it, and we don't own the running right now like we can. We'll get better at it," Carroll said.

This won't be a game noted for efficiency or execution by either side. There were careless turnovers and untimely penalties.

And, in the end, it was the Seahawks getting an early, important advantage over the 49ers.

"We did what we expected to," Sherman said. "I think you guys expected something different. I think you guys expected something a little more Kaepernick-y. We didn't expect any of that. We expect guys to play discipline ball."

Kaepernick failed to get anything going in the passing game, unable to break down Seattle's stellar secondary. He was intercepted in the end zone in the first quarter when Thomas hauled in a deflected pass intended for Vernon Davis. That was the only time the 49ers threatened to score a touchdown. Kam Chancellor intercepted Kaepernick midway through the fourth quarter, returning the pick to the San Francisco 2 and leading to Lynch's third TD.

Then there was Sherman, Seattle's ultra-confident All-Pro, who intercepted Kaepernick's deep sideline pass for Davis with about 13 minutes remaining. He celebrated his first interception of the season by dancing with the Seahawks' cheer squad. Steven Hauschka kicked a 37-yard field goal, and the Seahawks' lead was 22-3 with 11:31 left.

"He should probably stay at cornerback," Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate joked about Sherman. "I don't see a future in that."

And just because Carroll can't stop competing, he challenged and won the Seahawks another turnover following a kickoff fumble with 4:15 left and the Seahawks leading by 26.

Wilson finished 8-of-19 passing for 142 yards, one of the worst games in his young career. Kaepernick was 13 of 28 for 127 yards passing, and he ran for 87 yards. His three interceptions matched his season total from 2012. Frank Gore was held to 16 yards on nine carries, and Anquan Boldin -- who torched Green Bay in Week 1 for 13 catches and 208 yards, was targeted just once in the first three quarters. His only catch came with 9:40 remaining.

Boldin was shadowed most of the night by Sherman. It was a request Sherman made following Boldin's big day a week ago and with the Seahawks minus their other starting cornerback, Brandon Browner.

"I asked Coach for the challenge," Sherman said. "I wanted to follow him. There were a lot of things said this week."

The 49ers finished with five turnovers and no TDs in a game for the only third time since the start of 1979 season.

"I don't think any of us are proud of our performance," San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh said.

Leading 5-0 after a wacky first half of delays and points coming via safety and a field goal, Seattle started the second half going to Lynch. He carried on the first four plays, and when Seattle faced third-and-12, Wilson scrambled and bought time for Doug Baldwin to get open for a 51-yard reception to the 20. After a penalty backed up the Seahawks to the 14, Lynch took an inside handoff and darted nearly untouched for his first touchdown of the season.

Seattle extended the lead later in the half thanks to a careless personal foul penalty from Aldon Smith, slapping the helmet of Seattle's Breno Giacomini behind the play after Zach Miller and the Seahawks were stopped short on third-and-28. Given another chance, Wilson stayed in the pocket against blitzing safety Craig Dahl on third-and-4 to find Lynch wide open in the left flat. Lynch took a few steps toward the end zone, stopped and waited, and finally crossed the goal line, pushing the lead to 22-3.

"He was saying he just took a couple of seconds off the clock," Wilson said.

Game notes

Seattle played the final three quarters without starting left tackle Russell Okung, who was out with a toe injury. Carroll said he didn't know the severity of the injury. ... San Francisco lost nose tackle Ian Williams (ankle) and safety Eric Reid (head) to injuries. Davis also injured a hamstring. ... Seattle held San Francisco's three running backs who carried the ball to 13 total yards on 11 attempts. ... The crowd of 68,338 was the largest for a Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SF
SEA
1st Downs1219
Passing 1st downs
65
Rushing 1st downs
510
1st downs from penalties
14
3rd down efficiency
3-125-16
4th down efficiency
0-11-2
Total Plays5170
Total Yards207290
Yards per play4.14.1
Total Drives1114
Passing107118
Comp-Att
13-288-19
Yards per pass
3.55.1
Interceptions thrown
31
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-204-24
Rushing100172
Rushing Attempts
2047
Yards per rush
5.03.7
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-23-6
Penalties12-12110-84
Turnovers51
Fumbles lost
20
Interceptions thrown
31
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession23:1736:43

Passing Leaders

SFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Kaepernick13/281274.5033-20
SEAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Wilson8/191427.5114-24

Rushing Leaders

SFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Kaepernick9879.7028
Gore9161.805
SEACARYDSAVGTDLG
Lynch28983.5221
Wilson10333.3011

Receiving Leaders

SFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams4399.8014
Miller22211.0017
SEARECYDSAVGTDLG
Baldwin15151.0051
Lynch33712.3135

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERSFSEA
seaSF10:44Penalty on Bruce Miller, Offensive Holding In Own End Zone
Drive info: 1 plays, -6 yds, 0:44
02
seaFG5:56Steven Hauschka 30 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 17 yds, 2:15
05
THIRD QUARTERSFSEA
seaTD9:18Marshawn Lynch 14 Yard Run (Steven Hauschka Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 5:48
012
sfFG4:23Phil Dawson 21 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 71 yds, 4:52
312
FOURTH QUARTERSFSEA
seaTD13:51Marshawn Lynch 7 Yard Pass From Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 5:36
319
seaFG11:36Steven Hauschka 37 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 6 yds, 1:36
322
seaTD4:26Marshawn Lynch 2 Yard Run (Steven Hauschka Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 2 yds, 0:04
329

Research Notes

Colin Kaepernick's Total QBR was 14.0 on Sunday night, the lowest Total QBR in any start of his career. It was also the lowest Total QBR in Week 2 (min. 15 action plays). Both of Kaepernick's worst games in terms of Total QBR have come at Seattle, where opposing quarterbacks have been limited to a 33.1 Total QBR since the start of last season, 2nd-lowest among NFL teams at home.
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Colin Kaepernick did not complete a pass thrown 15-plus yards downfield Sunday for the first time in 12 career starts (including the postseason). Last week against Green Bay, Kaepernick had a career-high eight completions on throws of 15-plus yards.
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Pete Carroll has won 2 straight games against Jim Harbaugh after going 1-5 in their 1st 6 meetings -- including college
The Seahawks' secondary took away Colin Kaepernick's two favorite targets from Week 1, limiting Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis to only nine combined targets. Last week against the Packers, Boldin alone accounted for an NFL-high 17 targets and 13 receptions. - Boldin's first target of the game Sunday came at 8:30 of the second quarter. Boldin's second target and first reception wouldn't come until 9:45 of the fourth quarter.
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Marshawn Lynch: 2nd career game with Rush TD and Rec TD... Both have come with the Seahawks against the 49ers...
Russell Wilson was 4-5 for 80 yards and drew a 40 yard pass interference penalty against four or fewer pass rushers in the second half Sunday night. In the first half, he was 0-7 with an interception against the 49ers standard pass rush.
The Seahawks sacked or put Colin Kaepernick under duress on 13 of his 35 dropbacks (37.1 percent) and he was 1-7 for 14 yards on those plays. The last time they pressured a quarterback that much was Week 12 in 2009 against the Rams.
The 49ers/Seahawks game is the 6th since the merger and first since 1992 with a 5-0 halftime score.
Total QBR grades quarterbacks on a 0-100 scale with 50 being average. By this metric, Colin Kepernick has had just two "below average" starts in his NFL career and both have come at Seattle.
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