49ers Take Down Seattle 40-21, One Game Out Of First Place

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49ers vs. Seahawks: San Francisco Cruises To 40-21 Victory Over Seattle

The San Francisco 49ers played better than anyone could have expected as they rolled to a 40-21 victory over the Seattle Seahawks at Candlestick Park. The 49ers entered the game needing a win to avoid being eliminated from playoff contention. With the victory, the 49ers now find themselves a mere one game out of first place courtesy of their win and the Saints victory over the Rams.

The 49ers won this game in large part due to capitalizing on Seahawks mistakes. Matt Hasselbeck threw four interceptions and fumbled once and the 49ers were able to put together 20 points off those turnovers. The back-breaker was probably the pick-six by Dashon Goldson on the second play of the third quarter. That put the 49ers up 37-7 and seemed to cement the victory. The Seahawks managed two second half touchdowns but never could slow down the 49ers enough until it was too late.

The biggest upside to this victory in the short term is that they could rest some of their starters in the fourth quarter. The 49ers head down to San Diego for a battle with the Chargers on the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football. That leaves 3+ days of rest for both teams, which could mean potentially sloppy play. Given the Chargers home field advantage and traditional December advantage, a sloppy game might be what the 49ers need to spring what would be a key upset.


49ers vs. Seahawks: 49ers Take 30-7 Halftime Lead Behind Great Offense, Seattle Miscues

The 49ers have stunned the Seahawks and likely most of the football watching world as they jumped out to a 30-7 lead heading into the halftime break. After opening the game with an Alex Smith-Vernon Davis touchdown connection, the 49ers capitalized on three Seahawks turnovers to get 13 more points.

In his return to the starting QB role, Alex Smith has overcome some rustiness to get the 49ers in position to snag their fifth win of the season. We’re only starting the second half, but if Smith can put together another efficient half, this game is there for the taking. Smith was 13/20 for 198 yards and three touchdowns. The offense stalled in the red zone a couple times, but recently acquired kicker Jeff Reed has stepped up in his limited time for the 49ers. If he can finish the season strong, he’ll command a decent contract from somebody. Given Joe Nedney’s age and injuries, it’s entirely possible the 49ers bring Reed back next season.

And just like that, the 49ers have taken a 37-7 lead on a Dashon Goldson pick-six. This game is officially getting rather ugly.


49ers vs. Seahawks: Alex Smith, Vernon Davis Connect To Give San Francisco 7-0 Lead

The San Francisco 49ers decision to switch to Alex Smith paid early dividends as he connected with Vernon Davis on a 42 yard touchdown pass to give the 49ers an early 7-0 lead on the Seatlle Seahawks. Smith and Davis hooked up earlier on a 21 yard reception on third down.

The boo-birds were out early as Alex Smith had a couple tough incompletions to start the game. However, the hook-up with Davis got a first down and the offense seemed to settle down at that point. Brian Westbrook grabbed a first down on two rushes and then Smith and Davis hooked up for another touchdown. Smith leads the NFL in percentage of touchdown passes to one player. Seattle will look to contain Davis today, but I’d imagine the 49ers will look to go to that well frequently today.

The 49ers find themselves in an elimination game against the Seahawks today. If the 49ers lose they’ll be eliminated from playoff consideration, while if they win they could move to within a game of first in the NFC West. Oh the wacky, wacky NFC West.

For more on the 49ers, check out Niners Nation.


NFL Week 14 Injury News: 49ers-Seahawks Final Injury Update

Both teams released their final injury reports yesterday, and there's not many surprises. Both teams are a little banged up at some key areas, and it will fall on the less-utilized players to get things done. The 49ers key injury this week is at a very key position, nose tackle. Aubrayo Franklin is banged up and he's currently questionable to play. Last season's seventh round pick, Ricky Jean Francois will need to step in and be the crucial anchor of San Francisco's 3-4 defense if Franklin isn't good to go.

The Seahawks big injuries are at the wide receiver position. Mike Williams (ankle) and Ben Obomanu (hand) are both listed as questionable, and both are big targets for Seattle. Williams is the team's leading receiver and comeback player of the year candidate, while Obomanu has settled well into the role of the team's deep threat. Against a 49ers secondary with a propensity for giving up the deep ball, it's a crucial question mark. Receiving targets John Carlson and Deon Butler will likely be the primary option for Matt Hasselbeck, but the 49ers have to like their chances with that one.

Offensive tackle Joe Staley and kicker Joe Nedney remain out for San Francisco, while cornerback William James remains doubtful. Jeff Reed will handle the kicking duties again for the 49ers, after going 3-for-3 against the Packers in his red and gold debut.

Niners Nation, our 49ers blog, has the full injury report posted here.


NFL Playoff Picture: The 49ers And The Absurdity Of The NFC West

Here's one that doesn't ever get old, regardless of how many times you might say it: they're only a couple games back. Sitting with a paltry 4-8 record, the 49ers are actually within range of making the playoffs. That's this season; this season the 49ers can make the playoffs.

But it's not likely to happen, nor is it really even considered a huge goal for a portion of San Francisco's fanbase. You'll hear a lot of fans talking about possible head coaching options for next year, potential draft picks and the like. Either way, the overarching point here is that the NFC West is bad. Just how bad? I'm going to make up a word to describe just how bad it is: kadaverific. That's right. Kadaverific.

The 49ers sit two games back of the NFC West lead, behind the Seattle Seahawks and the St. Louis Rams. The Arizona Cardinals are three games back and not likely to make any impact. The Rams have a tough game against the New Orleans Saints, while the Seahawks are facing off against the Bay's own 49ers at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The Niners don't necessarily control their own destiny here, but they've got a fighting chance to win out and make things happen, much to the chagrin of Brian Billick.


NFL Injury Report, Week 14: 49ers-Seahawks Injury Updates

It's Thursday, and the injury front is shaping up for both teams. The 49ers of course, will not have Frank Gore, but that's going to continue throughout the season as he's on injured reserve. There's still another injury report to go until we see who is definitively out and who will likely be playing, but it's good to get an idea early.

Kicker Joe Nedney remains out while on the roster for San Francisco, and Jeff Reed will once again handle kickoffs and field goals for the 49ers. He was 3-for-3 last week against the Packers. Left tackle Joe Staley also remains out with a fibula injury. It was announced by defensive coordinator Greg Manusky that nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin would likely not be playing, as he was limited in practice on Thursday. Second year player Ricky Jean Francois would be making the start at nose tackle, and Fooch over at Niners Nation has some thoughts regarding that.

The big names for Seattle are their wide receivers, Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu. Both have now missed practice for two days in a row and the Seahawks figure to be without at least one of them come Sunday. Williams has become a great primary target for them, while Obomanu has been the team's primary deep threat and would definitely be missed.


NFL Week 14 Point Spread, 49ers vs. Seahawks: Slight Edge To Home Team

The San Francisco 49ers host the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday in a potential elimination game for them. If the 49ers lose they’re eliminated from playoff contention and if they win they could move to within a game of first place in the NFC West. In spite of the 49ers struggles, the gambling has opened with them as five point favorites more or less across the board.

The 49ers and Seahawks have developed a fairly intense rivalry even though one or both has struggled over the last few years. Seattle has won five of the last seven games in this series and in spite of rivalry, it’s included quite a few relatively one-sided affairs. The last matchup was this year’s season opener in which the Seahawks beat down the 49ers 31-6.

This game really could go either way given the crazy nature of the NFC West and the 49ers 2010 season. In reality I wouldn’t touch this game with a ten foot pole. The 49ers are dealing with a messy 2010 season and find themselves going back to original starting QB Alex Smith. They’re as big a question mark week to week as any team in the NFL.

However, if I had to put money on it, I’d go with the 49ers and the points because home teams have generally fared best in NFC West matchups (Arizona doesn’t count). The 49ers very well could lose this match, but if they win I think it’ll be by more than the five point spread. However, I could also see folks putting there money on San Francisco and bringing this line down. If you’re willing to wait, I could see this line coming down a point or two.

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