SFI's Live Game Blog: 49ers vs. Seahawks

The 49ers face another crucial NFC West battle in their first road game of the season against the Seattle Seahawks, and SFI will keep you up to date on the action with live reports ands commentary from Qwest Field in Seattle. Make sure to refresh this page every 15 minutes for running updates throughout the game.

12:50 p.m.: Greetings, 49ers fans. Well, the news keeps getting better for the Niners during the pre-game of today's pivotal clash of NFC West rivals fighting for early survival after losing their openers. Seattle's Seneca Wallace, who figures to be Matt Hasselbeck's top target at wide receiver today and also happens to be his backup at quarterback, is limping off the field and into the locker room. The word is that Wallace is out with a calf injury. That's another offensive weapon down for the Seahawks. What do they have left? …

1:01: It's a gorgeous day for football in the Pacific Northwest and the 49ers captains head out for the opening coin toss. The 49ers win the toss, but in a deviation from their standard procedure when they happens, the defer to the Seahawks, who elect to go on offense first. The San Francisco defense will get the first opportunity to set the tone for the 49ers ...

1:08: And the defense does set the tone. The Seahawks go nowhere on a short run up the middle on first down, then Hasselbeck is pressured into an incompletion on second down with safety Michael Lewis blitzing off the edge. A false start on receiver Logan Payne sets back the Seahawks even further, and Seattle throws up the white flag on its first series by running a draw play on third-and-long that goes nowhere as a smattering of boos arise from the stands ...

1:09: More boos can be heard as punter Jon Ryan – making his first punt for the Seahawks in place of Ryan Plackemeier, who was unceremoniously dumped by Seattle earlier this week after imploding in the season opener – sends a week 39-yard kick that goes dribbling out of bounds on the left sideline. The 49ers are set up at their own 43-yard line to begin their first offensive possession ...

1:13: It's a nice call for a screen pass on first down as the Seahawks bring the house, but linebacker Leroy Hill makes an excellent play to tackle Frank Gore in open space for a short gain. Gore had room to rumble if he could have got past Hill. On third-and-7, quarterback J.T.O'Sullivan sets up and throws a strike down field to Arnaz Battle, and it's a big play for the 49ers! It's a 25-yad gain deep into Seattle territory. But wait. Left tackle Joe Staley is flagged for illegal formation, lining up off the line of scrimmage. What a waste ...

1:15: On third-and-12, O'Sullivan finds Gore over the middle with a short pass, and Gore almost turns it into a first down. With a fourth-and-1 at the Seattle 48, the 49ers aren't taking any chances. They punt, and Shawntae Spencer has the ball in his hands and downed at the 1. But wait! The ball bounces out of Spencer's hands into the hands of Brian Jennings, who lets it bobble off his hands at the 1 and into the end zone, giving the Seahawks at touchback. Geez. What a great opportunity wasted to set the Seahawks way back …

1:21: Payne is absolutely drilled low by safety Dashon Goldson after catching a pass over the middle on first down. He's hurt and has to be helped off the field. On third-and-5, Hasselbeck throws incomplete, and the Seahawks have to punt …

1:23: Manny Lawson breaks through the line and blocks Ryan's punt!! But the 49ers just can't get a break. Up back Jordan Babineaux has the ball bounce right into his hands and he turns it into a 24-yard gain into San Francisco territory for a Seattle first down. Figure that. The 49ers just can't get a break …

1:28: The Seahawks take full advantage of the opportunity. First, Hasselbeck connects with rookie tight end Jon Carlson on third-and-8 to keep the drive moving. Then, on the very next play, Goldson blitzes right past running back Julius Jones, who takes a delayed handoff and breaks off the right side in the cavity created by Goldson's blitz. The 49ers miss tackles, and Jones scoots right into the end zone to complete a 27-yard scoring run that puts Seattle on the scoreboard. Pathetic play by a 49ers defense that had been doing the job up to that point …
Seahawks 7, 49ers 0

1:35: The 49ers get a big break on their next drive, which starts with them going backward and eventually facing a third-and-17. O'Sullivan is sacked trying to set up a screen on the play, but the Seahawks are flagged for taunting, giving the 49ers an automatic first down …

1:38: This is unbelievably ridiculous. On the very next play after getting a big break, the 49ers implode. Seattle gets great inside pressure, and tackle Rocky Bernard knocks the ball out of Gore's hands before he can reach the line of scrimmage. Another fumble by Gore! That's two in two games. This one turns out much worse for the 49ers, as the ball bounces in and out of the hands of four different Seattle defenders before finally landing in the paws of tackle Craig Terrill, who catches the ball in stride at the San Francisco 10 and rumbles into the end zone for a shocking score – Terrill's first career touchdown. The 49ers are completely falling apart at this point, and Seattle goes up by two touchdowns before the first quarter is even half over …
Seahawks 14, 49ers 0

1:45: Finally, the 49ers get something going. Allen Rossum returns the ensuing kickoff 44 yards, and San Francisco starts its next drive at the Seattle 49 with minus-3 yards to show on offense to this point. Now it's third-and-10 already, but O'Sullivan makes a nice pass on the move to Battle for a first down. Then Gore makes a big run up the gut for 23 yards! Now the 49ers are moving ...

1:52: But with a first down at the Seattle 11, the 49ers ultimately stall and settle for a 26-yard field goal by Joe Nedney to get on the scoreboard. A touchdown would have been nice there …
Seahawks 14, 49ers 3

1:59: Seattle drives from its own 20 to the San Francisco 40, but the 49ers defense stiffens there and forces a punt, Ryan sending it into the end zone. A nice stop by the 49ers …

2:03: Wow. The 49ers come out and hit two big plays. First, it's a 20-yard penalty on the Seahawks for illegal hands on wide receiver Bryant Johnson. On the next play, O'Sullivan finds Bruce over the middle, and Bruce turns his first reception as a 49er into a 27-yard gain. The 49ers are set up with a first down at the Seattle 28 …

2:12: O'Sullivan immediately hits Battle for 14 yards to take the 49ers to the Seattle 14, but then the offense starts malfunctioning as Jonas Jennings is called for a blatant holding penalty – his third penalty of the game's first 20 minutes. Geez. The 49ers get a huge break when interference is called on Seattle on a third-and-9 play, giving San Francisco a first-and-goal at the 3. But the 49ers again fail to take advantage and can't punch it in. Gore is stoned on two routine running attempts, and O'Sullivan can't find an open receiver despite buying a lot of time while drifting toward the right sideline. The 49ers settle another short field goal by Nedney, this one from 28 yards, but they needed, and could have got, so much more …
Seahawks 14, 49ers 6

2:19: Seattle answers right back as San Francisco's usually reliable coverage teams give up yet another huge play. This time, it's Josh Wilson returning the ensuing kickoff 54 yards after Billy Bajema misses a tackle that could have stopped Wilson near the 20-yard line. Geez. Make that, double GEEZ!! Seattle is set up on the San Francisco 42, and Hasselbeck immediately goes to receiver Billy McMullen, who was just picked up off the street earlier this week because of Seattle's woes at wide receiver. McMullen puts a double move on Nate Clements and pulls in a reception good for 31 yards, but Clements knocks the ball out at the end, and safety Michael Lewis recovers at the San Francisco 9. Big play by the defense, and now the 49ers have the ball back …

2:24: But not for long. It's a quick three-and-out by the 49ers, and Seattle gets the ball back near midfield with 4:52 remaining in the half …

2:29: The Seahawks convert one first down into San Francisco territory, but fullback Leonard Weaver gets only seven yards on third-and-10 from 40, and Olindo Mare comes in to attempt a 51-yard field goal. The veteran drills it to increase Seattle's lead with 2:54 left in the half …
Seahawks 17, 49ers 6

2:32: The 49ers get the ball back and immediately go to work from their own 20. O'Sullivan hits Josh Morgan for the rookie's first career reception on first down. On the next play, Bruce blows past the Seattle secondary and O'Sullivan hits him in stride. Bruce could be gone, but no. He is caught from behind cornerback Marcus Trufant. Still, it's a massive 63-yard gain that gives San Francisco a first-and-goal at the Seattle 9. It's the longest completed pass of O'Sullivan's career, and the 49ers are in business …

2:36: And sure enough, on first down, the 49ers have another illegal formation penalty. Sheez! What is up with this? The 49ers should be better prepared than this in the red zone. On second-and-14, O'Sullivan throws into the end zone intended for Bruce, but safety Deon Grant comes over for a tip-toe interception along the sideline. But wait. There's a flag. This one could be going against the Seahawks …

2:38: And after a long conference by the officials, it is a interference call on cornerback Kelly Jennings. Huge break for the 49ers. Now they have a first-and-goal at the 3 – sound familiar? – and they have to take advantage. No settling for a field goal this time …

2:40: And the Niners do take advantage! On the next play, O'Sullivan finds Johnson with a quick slant for a touchdown. And just like that, despite all their mistakes and everything that has gone wrong, the 49ers are right back in the game as Nedney adds the extra point …
Seahawks 17, 49ers 13

2:44: Another gaffe by the 49ers as Nedney sends the ensuing kickoff out of bounds, giving Seattle the ball at its own 40. Geez! The 49ers have a bit of a defensive letdown as Seattle drives to the San Francisco 19, where Mare hits a 38-yard field goal to put the Seahawks up by a touchdown at the intermission …
Seahawks 20, 49ers 13

2:54: It's an even game statistically at halftime. The 49ers probably could be leading this game instead of seven points behind except for their glaring mistakes. The Seahawks have a slim 193-188 edge in total yards. O'Sullivan is a nifty 11 of 16 for 175 yards at the half, while Gore has rushed nine times for 36 yards. The defense has done a good job on Hasselbeck, who is 7 for 16 for 101 yards through the air, but has hit a few key passes to keep drives moving …

2:58: Because they deferred after the winning toss, the 49ers get the ball first and will have a chance to set the second-half tone. Barry Sims is now in at right tackle for Jennings, who reportedly has a shoulder injury. Yeah, get Jennings out of there. That can't hurt. But the offense goes nowhere as Seattle changes its pressure scheme and starts bringing more heat up the middle. O'Sullivan is harassed into incompletions on second and third down – he does a great job of slipping away from tackles to keep the first of those plays alive and avoid a sack – and the 49ers are forced to punt. So much for setting the early tone …

3:04: This is just looking all too familiar. The Seahawks are driving right down the field despite the injuries to key offensive personnel. With Jones doing a lot of the work, Seattle drives to San Francisco 17. The 49ers get a break there when guard Floyd Womack is called for a dubious holding penalty. Seattle has a second-and-14 at the San Francisco 25 now, but is well within field-goal range …

3:07: But there it is! The huge play the 49ers have been waiting for!! Walt Harris makes a nice break on Hasselbeck's slant pass intended for McMullen, and he Harris arrives when the ball does, deflecting it into the air. Linebacker Patrick Willis picks it out of the air, and there he goes on the return to the right side. Willis evades one tackle attempt, then breaks another. He cuts back inside and he's rolling! He could go all the way! One player to beat. There's a diving attempt with a Seattle player who has the angle … BUT NO! Willis kicks up his heels, avoids the final tackle attempt and strolls into the end zone! It's an 86-yard touchdown return for Willis!! Wow. The 49ers have been waiting for their All-Pro to come up with a big turnover, and they don't get any bigger than that. Just like that, the 49ers – who once trailed by two touchdowns, remember – are back to even on the scoreboard …
Seahawks 20, 49ers 20

3:14:The 49ers are fired up on defense now after that big play. They're back on the field again a few minutes later, but they seem to be a step closer to the ball as Hasselbeck throws incomplete on first and second down. It's third-and-10 now as Hasselbeck drops back, and Ray McDonald gets a big hand on his pass, deflecting it into the air! And there's Harris again, making a diving interception! He snags the ball just as it's about to hit the ground! Ball back to the 49ers. The defense is taking over the game! First down for the 49ers at the Seattle 41 …

3:17: O'Sullivan immediately goes for the jugular. He hits Johnson for 19 yards, then Johnson for 13 more yards on the next play. It's first-and-goal at the 9 now. Gore sweeps the right side for seven yards on first down, then has a signature run on the next play. Gore takes an inside handoff, gets stopped at the line of scrimmage, but then shows his balance and power by bouncing the play outside. The right corner is wide open, and Gore strolls into the end zone to give the 49ers the lead. That's right, GIVE THE 49ERS THE LEAD …
49ers 27, Seahawks 20

3:29: Unfortunately for the 49ers defense, they might be a little worn out by the huge swing in momentum for which they are responsible. Seattle goes is going right down the field again, gouging the 49ers for first downs. As the third quarter comes to an end, the Seahawks have a first-and-goal at the San Francisco 4, and Willis is walking into the locker room to get something checked out. That's not good …

3:33: T.J. Duckett ploughs into the end zone from a yard out to complete a long 15-play, 74-yard touchdown drive that took more than seven minutes and gets Seattle even on the scoreboard again. It's a great drive by the Seahawks to squash San Francisco's momentum and get right back in the game. It's also reminiscent of last week, when the San Francisco defense was on the field for 15- and 18-play drives in the second half against Arizona …
49ers 27, Seahawks 27

3:40: The Seattle defense is coming after O'Sullivan, and he's sacked on second down to set up a third-and-15. O'Sullivan rolls right on third down, slips a defender, charges upfield and he has some room! But he's caught from behind short of the first down by a couple of yards and the 49ers have to punt …

3:42: Andy Lee gets off a huge 59-yard punt, but rookie Michael Bumpus – just up from the practice squad, turns the corner on the right side and turns it into a 30-yard return to set up the Seahawks near midfield. The coverage teams are really letting down the 49ers …

3:48: The Seahawks quickly get past midfield, and then have a first down at the San Francisco 17 after McMullen beats Harris for a 14-yard gain. The 49ers' defense finally stiffens there, and Mare comes in to kick a 32-yard field goal that gives the lead back to Seattle once again …
Seahawks 30, 49ers 27

4:04: The 49ers get the ball back with 7:41 remaining, and O'Sullivan directs a drive that gets San Francisco inside the Seattle 10 before the Niners stall. O'Sullivan makes a big scramble on third down to keep the drive moving, and the 49ers ultimately settle for a 28-yard field goal by Nedney to knot the score with 2:42 remaining. It's crunch time, folks …
Seahawks 30, 49ers 30

4:06: Fine coverage by San Francisco's coverage team this time, and Seattle must start its next drive from its own 11 with 2:37 remaining. On second-and-9, Hasselbeck lets the clock wind down to the two-minute warning …

4:12: The first sack of Hasselbeck couldn't have been any bigger. After Willis makes a great tackle for a loss on a screen pass to set back Seattle in a third-and-16 situation, Michael Lewis comes around the right edge and sacks Hasselbeck back at the Seattle 10-yard line and the Seahawks are forced to punt. Ryan punts from his end zone, and Nate Clements catches the ball on the sideline at the Seattle 49 yard line …

4:15: O'Sullivan makes a great play to bounce away from defenders and buy time, then looks left and finds Gore, who churns for a big first down. Now it' O'Sullivan to Gore again for another first down at the Seattle 23, and the 49ers are going to let the clock wind down from there and let Nedney come on for a game-ending field goal …

4:16: Here it is as Nedney lines up from 41 yards away. He has made 32 consecutive attempts from inside the 50-yard line, so the Niners are looking good. Nedney steps into it … here it comes … it's hooking to the left … UNBELIEVABLE! Nedney misses the field goal!! He misses it!! His streak of success is over, and now we're going overtime. What a missed opportunity for the 49ers. That's a killer …

4:18: Manny Lawson calls tails on the overtime coin flip … and the coin comes down tails! The 49ers will get the first chance to end this marathon …

4:23: On third and long, O'Sullivan sets up in the pocket, stands strong, and then delivers a perfect pass down the field to Bruce!! It's a 34-yard gain and the 49ers are set up in Seattle territory …

4:25: It's third-and-3 now, and this is crucial. O'Sullivan hits Battle with a quick hot read over the middle! First down, 49ers!! That's huge. They're back in Nedney's field-goal range now. But they need to keep it moving forward …

4:28: Offsides penalty on Seattle. That's five more yards the 49ers will gladly take. Gore churns near a first down on the next play, but is stopped inches short on second-and-1. O'Sullivan throws it away on third down as his first read is covered, and now Nedney trots on the field to try to end it once again …

4:30: And this time, from 40 yards, NEDNEY DRILLS IT DOWN THE MIDDLE. It's good!! 49ers win!! What a comeback from an early 14-point deficit. It sure wasn't pretty, but the 49ers pulled it out, and now the season has been turned around after a road win over the four-time defending NFC West champions, dropping Seattle to 0-2 for the first time since 2002.
Final score: 49ers, 33, Seahawks 30

Make sure to check back on www.sfillustrated.com later today for complete post-game coverage of San Francisco's huge overtime victory, and also check back throughout the week for daily 49ers coverage as San Francisco goes for a 2-1 record and Mike Martz seeks some retribution when the 49ers host the Detroit Lions next Sunday.



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