The 49ers face another NFC West opponent this week, with the winner taking the early lead in the division. Take a look at the 49ers and Seahawks injury reports. I’ll post the injury report once we get it from PR. The 49ers should be healthy for the most part with only Ahmad Brooks being ruled out for the game. Brandon Jones is also doubtful, but everyone else is probable. You can also stay tuned for the blog, for analysis at the end of each quarter and view live play-by-play on the game center.
Here’s the inactive lists:
San Francisco: CB Marcus Hudson, S Curtis Taylor, LB Ahmad Brooks, C Cody Wallace, WR Brandon Jones, WR Jason Hill, DT Ricky Jean Francois and QB Nate Davis (3rd QB)
Seattle Seahawks: CB Travis Fisher, LB Leroy Hill, C Chris Spencer, T Walter Jones, WR Deion Branch, DT Michael Bennett, DT Brandon Mebane, QB Mike Teel (3rd QB)
The 49ers forced the Seahawks three and out on their first drive, nearly intercepting Hasselbeck’s pass on 2nd down and finishing it off with a sack by Ray McDonald on third down.
The 49ers offense took over from the 26 and quickly moved to midfield as Hill found Davis in a seem for a big gain. Hill then found Davis for a big completion on 3rd and 8. Davis picked up 15 yards after beating the linebacker on a short crossing route. The 49ers picked up another quick first down after two nice runs up the middle, taking it down to the 14-yard line. The 49ers drive stalled in the red zone however after Coffee was stopped for a short loss, Hill found Robinson for a minimal gain and then was sacked by Patrick Kearney on third down. The 49ers were able to take the early lead after a 37-yard field goal by Joe Nedney.
49ers 3 – Seahawks 0
On the 49ers next drive, the 49ers didn’t waste any time as Frank Gore broke a career long 79-yard touchdown run on the first play of the drive.
The 49ers were able to force another three and out of Seattle thanks to a great pass break up by Michael Lewis and Patrick Willis.
Allen Rossum broke the punt return for a touchdown, but it was called back because of two penalties – one which was enforced was an illegal block in the back against Glen Coffee. The 49ers couldn’t pick up a first down and were forced to punt.
The Seahawks offense came to life on the next drive as they put together a 10-play drive that was capped with a 36-yard field goal by Olindo Mare. I’ve been battling internet connectivity issues so far, but we appear to be up an running now.
49ers 10 – Seahawks 3
The 49ers offense returned to form at the start of their next drive behind an 8-yard run by Gore on first down and a 13-yarder off a toss to the left on third down. Hill then found Coffee over the middle for another first down. Lawrence Jackson brought pressure of the right side and sacked Hill for a loss of 7. On 2nd and 17, Hill had Bruce wide open for a huge gain, but Bruce couldn’t haul it in. The 49ers got back to the original line of scrimmage on third down, but had to punt. Great punt by Andy Lee who hit a towering punt that bounced at the 3-yard line and was downed at the 4 by Micheal Spurlock.
Justin Smith disrupted the Seahawks run play on first down and the defense held strong, forcing the three and out.
The 49ers will start the next drive in great position, inside Seattle territory. Moran Norris, who doesn’t get many carries, made the most of one on first down as he rumbled through a huge hole to pick up 15 yards. Joe Nedney then came on for a 42-yard field goal to put the 49ers back on top by 10.
49ers 13 – Seahawks 3
On Seattle’s first play, Dre’ Bly put a big hit on T.J. Houshmanzadeh knocking the ball loose. On second down Hasselbeck hit Carlson for a 4-yard gain, Dashon Goldson pushed him out of bounds. On third down, Hasselbeck elected to keep the ball and rush for a 7-yard gain up the middle to pick up a first down. Hasselbeck completed his next pas to Forsett for a 7-yard gain. The clock was stopped by the two-minute warning. The Seahawks continued to move the ball, Hasselbeck completed three consecutive passes, the third of which was a 15-yard hookup with rookie wideout Deon Butler. Hasselbeck was later roughed up by Willis on a goal line run. Willis closed in on Hasselbeck and hit him in the lower back area. Seneca Wallace came in as the replacement on third down and found Julius Jones wide open on a swing route in the right flat for a touchdown. Mare connected on the extra point. It was a an 11-play, 70-yard drive that lasted 2:35.
49ers 13 – Seahawks 10
Glen Coffee rushed for a 1-yard gain to close out the first half.
***Injury Update: Matt Hasselbeck is doubtful to return with a rib injury.
Frank Gore set a new career long for the second time today, breaking an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second half.
49ers 20 – Seahawks 10
The 49ers defense held strong forcing another 3 and out. On 3rd and 5, Nate Clements had tight coverage on Burleson who wasn’t able to hold possession just beyond the first down marker. the 49ers will start their next drive from the 26.
The 49ers went with the wildcat formation (actually the 49ers refer to it as the Taser) on third and five with Micheal Spurlock in at QB. The exchange to Gore was fumbled, but Spurlock was able to recover. The 49ers had to punt and the Seahawks begin their next drive from the 31.
The Seahawks moved into 49ers territory after a 19-yard reception by Justin Forsett who broke several tackles down to the SF 44. The 49ers caught a break when the snap went about 10-yards over the head of Seneca Wallace. Seattle was able to fall on it back at their own 38.
The 49ers will begin the drive at the 1/2-yard line after a phenomenal bounce on the Seattle punt. The ball hit at the 1-yard line and bounced straight up in the air. (Frank Gore is now the second place in NFL history to have two runs over 75 yards in the same game. The other was Barry Sanders.) The 49ers ran the ball unsuccessfully on first and second down and then threw to Moran Norris on 3rd down, who made a nice move to pick up the first. On the next play, Hill couldn’t find an open receiver and instead decided to take advantage of the wide open space on the right side, picking up the first down and then some. The 49ers lost 13 yards on second down as Lawrence Jackson stripped the ball from Hill. The ball bounced around several times before Joe Staley fell on it. After the punt, the Seahawks will take over at the 47. Burleson nearly broke it on the return but was upended by LS Brian Jennings.
Nate Clements was flagged for pass interference against Houshmandzadeh as he collided with him as the ball arrived. After the penalty, SEA will have the ball at the SF 35. Dashon Goldson came up with his first career interception at an opportune time. Wallace’s pass to Burleson was deflected by Clements and grabbed by Goldson before it hit the ground.
The 49ers will run two plays and run out the rest of the time in the 3rd quarter with the score locked at 20-10 in favor of San Francisco.
On 3rd and 5, Hill hit Isaac Bruce on a crossing route and picked up 5 for the first. Hill hit Bruce for another big third down conversion, this time for a longer gain on 3rd and 10. Bruce again with the catch, picking up 11 yards on 1st down. From the SF 45, Hill hit Gore for a 7 yard gain. Gore then picked up just enough for the first on second down. The 49ers picked up the first down on third and 2 after a beautiful ball to Walker, but a holding call makes it a third and 12. Hill hit Gore for an 11-yard gain on third down, but a facemask call against Seattle will give the 49ers the first at the SEA 21. After a holding penalty made it 2nd and 20 for the 49ers, Hill checked down to Gore who picked up 10 yards, making it at least a more manageable 3rd and 10. Gore has now set a new career high with yards from scrimmage – 246 so far. Injury update on Gore who has a right ankle sprain and is questionable. Coffee is also questionable with a hip pointer. On 3rd and 10, Hill tried to hit Davis on a skinny post, but the pass was too high. Nedney connected on the 39-yard field goal, his third of the day.
49ers 23 – Seahawks 10
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