The Seahawks had a tough time beating the 49ers in San Francisco last season. DT Rocky Bernard had two sacks and Seattle stuffed a two-point conversion try to prevail, 27-25. I’ll include my game-in-review box from that game as a refresher.
Sunday – RB Shaun Alexander rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns as the Seahawks defeated the 49ers, 27-25, at Monster Park.
Where they stand – The Seahawks lead the NFC with an 8-2 record. They lead the NFC West division by four games over the St. Louis Rams, who lost at home to Arizona.
Looking ahead – The 7-3 New York Giants visit Qwest Field next Sunday.
Star of the game – DT Rocky Bernard had two of Seattle’s four sacks, moving him into a tie for the team lead with 7 1/2 this season.
Best play – 49ers WR Brandon Lloyd made a diving one-handed catch for a 44-yard gain in the second quarter. Lloyd added another one-handed grab near the back-left corner of the end zone, but only one foot landed inbounds. He finished with seven catches for 119 yards.
Worst play – Alexander has been effective on cutback runs this season, but he lost 12 yards trying to reverse field during the second quarter. The play stalled a promising drive and Josh Brown ended up missing a 51-yard field-goal attempt.
Upon further review – Seattle coach Mike Holmgren won his only replay challenge, erasing a fumble by Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck. San Francisco coach Mike Nolan was 1-1 on challenges. He lost when challenging the spot on a run by Alexander. Nolan won when officials ruled that Seahawks WR Joe Jurevicius was down at the 1-yard line, reversing an apparent touchdown. The replay official challenged and overturned another call when he ruled that 49ers RB Maurice Hicks had scored with 28 seconds remaining.
More unhappy returns – Officials flagged Seattle for three more penalties during special-teams returns. RB Maurice Morris, LB Isaiah Kacyvenski and LB Cornelius Wortham were the perpetrators. Seattle has committed 16 penalties on special teams. Three were against Morris, with a fourth offsetting.
Dropsies – WR Peter Warrick and TE Jerramy Stevens dropped passes for the Seahawks. Warrick’s drop shortly before halftime killed a drive near midfield. This was the first game of the season in which the Seahawks did not score in the final two minutes of either half.
In the zone – The Seahawks scored touchdowns on three of four red-zone trips. Their defense held the 49ers to one touchdown in five red-zone trips. Seattle entered the game as the only NFL team ranked in the top six in red-zone offense and defense.
Not active – Seattle’s list of inactive players included S Etric Pruitt, LB Jamie Sharper, LT Wayne Hunter, RT Ray Willis, WR Darrell Jackson, TE Itula Mili and DT Marcus Tubbs. David Greene was the third quarterback. The 49ers’ inactives were QB Jesse Palmer, WR Marcus Maxwell, RB Frank Gore, CB Ahmed Plummer, FB Fred Beasley and LB Saleem Rasheed. Alex Smith was the third quarterback.
Medical report – FS John Howell appeared to suffer an injury to his upper left leg.