Seahawks lead 49ers 35-6 after 3 in noisy Seattle

Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes, Marshawn Lynch

scored twice, Richard Sherman returned a blocked field goal 90

yards for another score and Seattle led San Francisco 35-6 after

the third quarter Sunday night in front of the Seahawks’ rocking


Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers’ offense were noticeably rattled

by the noise echoing off the walls of CenturyLink Field. San

Francisco was forced to take two timeouts and had a delay of game

penalty in the first quarter alone as the 49ers struggled to handle

the roar of the rabid Seattle fans.

With steady rain and the Seahawks’ famous ”12th Man” making

simple communication almost impossible it quickly turned into a

miserable night for Kaepernick and an unhappy 49th birthday for

49ers’ coach Jim Harbaugh.

Lynch scored on Seattle’s first two possessions, the first on a

24-yard run and the second on a 9-yard reception. It was just the

third touchdown catch of Lynch’s career.

And just when the 49ers finally pieced together a drive, it

quickly went the other way with Red Bryant blocking David Akers’

21-yard field-goal attempt and Sherman scooping up the loose ball

and sprinting untouched for a 21-0 lead.

Wilson added a 6-yard TD pass to Anthony McCoy with 1:58 left in

the first half and a 4-yard score to Doug Baldwin in the third to

give him 24 passing touchdowns this season. That moves Wilson into

second place for TD passes by a rookie and brought him within two

of Peyton Manning’s NFL rookie record of 26.

San Francisco failed to gain a yard on its opening possession

and Seattle took the field for the first time with great field

position. A good return from Leon Washington on the punt and a

personal-foul penalty on Tremaine Brock gave the Seahawks the ball

at the 49ers 35.

Two plays later, Seattle struck. Wilson completed a pass to Zach

Miller for 11 yards, and Lynch ran 24 yards for the touchdown.

On the first play of the Seahawks’ next series, Wilson connected

with Doug Baldwin for a 46-yard gain on a juggling catch to move

back into San Francisco territory. Wilson then connected with Lynch

out of the backfield for a 9-yard score. It was Lynch’s first

receiving touchdown since Nov. 27, 2011, against Washington. It was

only the second time this season the 49ers have allowed 14 points

in the first quarter.

San Francisco finally mounted its first substantial drive into

Seahawks’ territory. A personal-foul penalty against Kam Chancellor

moved San Francisco into the red zone. A third-down pass from

Kaepernick to Michael Crabtree went through Sherman’s hands,

forcing a field goal try.

San Francisco got its first break of the game when a screen pass

went through the hands of Robert Turbin into the arms of linebacker

Patrick Willis. The interception gave the 49ers the ball at the

Seattle 16 line, but the Seahawks held to force Akers’ 33-yard

field goal that got San Francisco on the board.

After McCoy’s touchdown, Kaepernick hit Crabtree on consecutive

throws and Randy Moss for 25 yards to move to the Seattle 23 with

less than 2 minutes to go in the half. K.J. Wright sacked

Kaepernick for a 13-yard loss, and Akers connected on a 54-yard

field goal.

San Francisco moved the ball into Seattle territory on the first

drive of the third quarter. Kaepernick hit Crabtree on a terrific

over-the-shoulder throw for 35 yards down to the Seahawks 32. Two

plays later, Mario Manningham fumbled when Leroy Hill hit him low

bending his knee in an awkward direction. Manningham injured his

knee on the hit and it caused him to drop the ball on the turf

allowing Kam Chancellor to recover for Seattle.

Manningham had to be helped off the field by a pair of trainers.

He left the game with a knee injury and will not return.

Wilson then led Seattle on a 15-play scoring drive, capped by

the touchdown to Baldwin to extend the lead to 35-6. The Seahawks

have outscored their opponents 143-23 over the last three games.

The 35 points scored by Seattle is the most allowed by the 49ers

since Nov. 11, 2009, when Atlanta had 45.

Sherman then thwarted another 49ers’ opportunity in the red zone

by intercepting Kaepernick’s pass intended for Moss in the end