The Seattle Seahawks severely damage the postseason hopes of San Francisco

Published on December 6, 2009 by     

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (8) completes a pass to Julius JonesThe 49ers blew a career day from quarterback Alex Smith, more opportunities to win than they could have wished for — and a chance to keep pressure on Arizona in the NFC West.

Olindo Mare kicked a 30-yard field goal as time expired to send the Seattle Seahawks to a 20-17 victory on Sunday over inopportune and angry San Francisco.

After the 49ers called timeout to try to ice the veteran on a cold day, Mare made his second field goal of the final quarter and extended his team record of 18 consecutive makes for the Seahawks (5-7). They also kept alive hopes for a winning season, if not a playoff berth.

The Seahawks also severely damaged the postseason hopes of San Francisco (5-7).

Smith, who had never had a 300-yard passing day in his first 38 NFL games, threw for a career-high 310 yards in the 49ers’ new spread offense. The No. 1 overall pick in 2005, reinstalled as San Francisco’s starter in October, completed 27 of 45 throws and had two touchdown passes.

One was to Vernon Davis, who had six catches for a career-high 111 yards. Davis’ 10th touchdown of the season set a single-season record for a 49ers tight end.

Yet San Francisco will regret its blown chances: two incompletions from the Seahawks 1 in the opening quarter; a fumble on punt reverse; another fumble by Gore at Seattle 22; and an ill-timed three-and-out in the final minute that left Seattle time and field position for the winning drive.

The final quarter was full of misfires by both teams, epitomizing the mild, mild West.

Four consecutive completions by Hasselbeck, three to T.J. Houshmandzadeh got Seattle to the San Francisco 40 with 1:19 left. Then came the game’s fourth negative-yardage completion, a screen pass to Julius Jones destroyed by Patrick Willis for a 5-yard loss. A false-start foul by center Chris Spencer pushed Seattle back to midfield for a third-and-19 with 1:03 left. Hasselbeck lofted a perfect throw in stride into Deion Branch’s arms at the 49ers 12, but the ball skidded through his hands.

Hasselbeck bent over in disbelief, and Seattle punted for the 10th time.

But the 49ers went three-passes-and-out from their own 11 — the last pass would have been an interception by Deon Grant at midfield had he not dropped it.

Nate Burleson returned the ensuing punt 21 yards to the Seattle 48 with 21 seconds to go. Two plays later, rookie Deon Butler ran past cornerback Keith Smith and Hasselbeck’s laser pass hit him in stride for a 32-yard gain. One run later, Seattle called timeout, and Mare calmly made 21st field goal in 23 tries this season as holder Jon Ryan and then the rest of the Seahawks mobbed him on the field.

“We hung in there in that last minute,” Seattle coach Jim Mora said. “Hopefully, it’s an indication of what we’re building here.”

Smith had moved San Francisco from its own 2 to the Seattle 26 in a tied game earlier in the period. Gore then darted inside and had a 4-yard gain before Jordan Babineaux poked the ball out. Josh Wilson scooped it up and ran 43 yards the other way before Smith saved a touchdown with an open-field tackle.

Gore punched the air in frustration, as Seattle took over at the San Francisco 41. Mare converted that into a 25-yard field and Seattle led 17-14 with 5:30 left.

A 28-yard pass interference penalty on Marcus Trufant, who was trading jabs with rookie Michael Crabtree on an underthrown pass down the sideline, put San Francisco on the Seahawks 22. But Davis had a would-be touchdown pass zip through his hands and off his facemask in the end zone. Then, Crabtree wasn’t looking when Smith’s pass grazed off the top of his helmet in the end zone. The 49ers settled for Joe Nedney’s 34-yard field goal and a tie at 17 with 2:57 remaining.

Smith had 183 yards midway through the second quarter as San Francisco threw the ball on 21 of its first 24 plays.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

122220

Seahawks with the most to gain: Bruce Irvin

Room to grow.Seattle has plenty of it, which seems odd to say considering the Seahawks are coming off ...
628x471

Kaepernick, Lockette being investigated for ‘suspicious incident’

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette is being investigated along with San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick and ...
140409-preseason-600-beauty

Seahawks preseason schedule announced, features Super Bowl rematch with Denver Broncos

Seahawks preseason features matchups with the Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers, Chicago Bears, and Oakland Raiders. While not quite ...
140408-ms-opener-trophy-600

Super Bowl champion Seahawks celebrated at Seattle Mariners home opener

The Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seahawks were honored during a special ceremony prior to the Seattle Mariners' home ...
etjml.AuSt.5

Extension shows Seahawks believe in Carroll-Schneider ‘lovefest’

Friday’s gathering at Seahawks headquarters wasn’t as much about a new contract as it was a renewal of ...
140404-carroll-presser-600

Pete Carroll agrees to new three-year deal with Seahawks

Entering the final year of his original five-year contract, head coach Pete Carroll has agreed to a new ...
140403chancellor660

A happy, water-filled birthday to Kam Chancellor

Thursday is Kam Chancellor’s 26th birthday, and the Seahawks’ All-Pro strong safety is asking you to celebrate by ...
hi-res-53c93

How much better can Wilson be?

The question in the headline is open-ended, but Pete Carroll told Peter King of MMQB that Wilson can ...

Shop for Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII Champs Merchandise at NFLShop.com

Shop for Conference Champs and Super Bowl XLVIII Match Up Merchandise at NFLShop.com

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz