5 things to know after 49ers edge Seahawks 19-17

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman saved the special ”G” play

for Frank Gore to pull out at just the right time.

Behind at home to their fiercest division rival, the 49ers

needed a big gain from their go-to running back.

Gore’s misdirection 51-yard burst set up a go-ahead 22-yard

field goal by Phil Dawson with 26 seconds remaining, and two-time

defending champion San Francisco denied nemesis Seattle a chance to

clinch the NFC West on Sunday at Candlestick Park with a 19-17

win.

Statement game? You bet.

”You guys kind of counted us out already. I felt like Seattle

had our number,” 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman said. ”It was a

statement game to the world. As you guys know, this is still our

division. Until a team takes that from us, we will continue to rep

this division the right way.”

On Gore’s run, Roman called the play for the first time since

coming to the 49ers before the 2011 season.

”I have to say thanks to my O-line, who did a great job all

game,” Gore said.

Both the Seahawks (11-2) and 49ers expect another matchup before

season’s end, next month in Seattle. San Francisco (9-4) has been

outscored 71-16 in its last two losses in the Pacific

Northwest.

”We didn’t project it to be this way,” Seahawks cornerback

Richard Sherman said. ”We expected to blow them out but they got

the benefit of a few calls tonight throughout the game, and that

helps you especially on third down. We will see them again and it

will be a different result.”

Here are five things to take from Sunday’s NFC West showdown

that saw the end to Seattle’s seven-game winning streak:

BIG-PLAY BOLDIN: Anquan Boldin keeps making clutch catches by

the week. And it sure helps having the defense focus on a healthy

Michael Crabtree.

Boldin finished with six receptions for 93 yards, his fourth

straight game with at least five receptions. He became the 30th

player in NFL history to surpass 11,000 career yards receiving

(11,080).

The emotional Boldin didn’t let the boisterous, trash-talking

Seattle secondary get to him.

”If guys want to pretend to be tough, then I look forward to

it,” Boldin said. ”Talking, that’s just what they do. So, I let

my play speak for itself.”

SEATTLE MISCUES: Russell Wilson had a tough time getting in a

groove given all of the stops and starts – and flying yellow

flags.

As in nine penalties for 85 yards. They thwarted Seattle drives,

or extended San Francisco’s series.

In one sequence, Seattle was momentarily helped by Donte

Whitner’s 15-yard taunting penalty against Marshawn Lynch, then it

came right back three plays later on Michael Robinson’s facemask

flag and Seattle punted.

With LaMichael James catching the punt, O’Brien Schofield bumped

James and received a 15-yard fair catch interference penalty. That

started San Francisco’s drive at the 48 but the 49ers went three

and out.

”We play so hard and try to do everything right,” Wilson said.

”They are going to call some penalties on us because of how

physical we play and how we run the ball. We have to eliminate the

penalties, especially offensively.”

DAWSON’S STREAK: Phil Dawson doesn’t keep a running count,

though he always strives for consistency.

San Francisco’s steady place kicker added four more field goals

Sunday, and he has converted 20 straight. That is a franchise

record, topping Joe Nedney’s stretch of 18 consecutive field goals

made in 2006-07.

”I try not to think about it,” Dawson said. ”I try to treat

every kick the same. You have to have a bad memory. Unfortunately,

I have a really good memory and I can remember my last miss.”

SEAHAWKS INJURIES: Seattle will likely be without linebacker

K.J. Wright for at least six weeks after he broke a bone in his

foot. Seattle coach Pete Carroll is bracing for a long absence.

”I am really disappointed in that,” Carroll said. ”He was

really upset about that. So, that looks like a six-week type

injury. They have already diagnosed him.”

In addition, center Max Unger injured his chest in the second

half, while safety Jeron Johnson experienced yet further hamstring

problems. This time, he injured the other leg after missing time

earlier in the year with a strained hamstring.

WRIGHT’S RETURN: 49ers cornerback Eric Wright took a quick break

for what was announced as a head injury, then returned late in the

game to make the play that sealed it.

On Wilson’s last-ditch deep pass, Wright jumped up to make a

two-handed interception after a Seattle wide receiver fell in front

of him.

He is making quite an impact down the stretch in his first

season for San Francisco, despite playing only the past four games

following a stint on the active non-football injury list.

”It was just about being available and having the opportunity

to play whenever it came about, to maximize that opportunity

whenever it happened,” Wright said.

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