The San Francisco 49ers are visiting a Seattle Seahawks team that has designs on the postseason. Through the first half of play in their Week 16 matchup, the Niners are discovering just how motivated this Seattle team is. At halftime, the Seahawks lead by a score of 10-3.
After missing a 52-yard field goal in the first quarter, David Akers was able to make a 53-yard attempt in the secodn quarter to get the 49ers on the board and close the gap to 7-3.
The Seattle Seahawks went on another drive in the final four minutes of the game, led by powerful running back Marshawn Lynch and quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. They ended up well within the red zone at the two minute warning, seemingly intent on being the first team to score a rushing TD against the Niners in 2011. After Marshawn Lynch was stopped at the goal line, however, Jackson attempted to run it in himself, but was knocked out of bounds at the two-yard line. The Seahawks were forced to settle for a Steven Hauschka field goal.
Another 49ers defensive bragging point is in danger of falling, as well. The Niners have not allowed a 100-yard rusher all season, but Lynch is already at over 80 yards through the first half.
The 49ers started a drive with 1:30 remaining in the first half that took them past midfield, and attempted a conversion on 4th and 6 with less than thirty second left. The Alex Smith pass to Kyle Williams was incomplete, however, sending the 49ers to halftime down 10-3.
San Francisco's offense will need to wake up in the second half if they want to get the game back under control.