The San Francisco 49ers were trailing the hometown Seattle Seahawks 10-3 at halftime. The Seahawks certainly need the win more than the Niners do, but San Francisco is showing no indications of rolling over in Week 16. Entering the final quarter of regulation, the 49ers hold a 13-10 lead.
The Niners came out swinging right away in the second half, as quarterback Alex Smith led his team on an eight-play, 71-yard drive following the kickoff. Smith hooked up with Vernon Davis on a pair of deep passes before handing the ball off to Frank Gore, who ran right with a four-yard touchdown rush.
Kyle Williams, who is subbing in for the injured Ted Ginn Jr., returned a punt past midfield to give the 49ers excellent field position on their next set of offensive downs. The 49ers opened up another big drive that made their first half against the Seattle squad look like something of an anomaly, including big first-down runs by Gore and Smith. Unfortunately, although the Niners appeared to make it to the one-yard line, an illegal block in the back by Braylon Edwards had them settling for yet another David Akers field goal.
The field goal was the 40th of the year for Akers, tying him with Neil Rackers for most field goals in a season by any NFL kicker.
Seattle's Marshawn Lynch was held to just a eight yards in the third quarter, although he holds 91 yards in the game on 17 carries.