The San Francisco 49ers escaped with a 19-17 win on the road on Christmas Eve over NFC West division rival Seattle at CenturyLink Field.
The win eliminates Seattle from playoff consideration at 7-8 overall with one game left next week at Arizona.
The Niners moved to 12-3 on the year, and still have a shot at earning the No. 2 overall seed in the NFC depending on what happens between New Orleans and Atlanta on Monday night.
Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch provided the offensive spark for the Seahawks, finishing with 107 yards on 21 carries.
Seattle linebacker Heath Farwell put Seattle in position to take the lead at the end of the game, blocking San Francisco punter Andy Lee’s punt, with the Niners recovering at the 4-yard line.
Lynch broke San Francisco’s streak of not allowing a rushing touchdown this season on a 4-yard jaunt around the right side into the end zone, giving Seattle a 17-16 lead with 6:41 left.
But the Niners came right back to take the lead for good, marching six plays on 39 yards, with kicker David Akers punching in the game winner from 39 yards out, one of four field goals on the day.
Lynch also broke San Francisco’s 36-game streak of not allowing a 100-yard rusher – the last running back to do that before the Seattle runner was Green Bay’s Ryan Grant in November 2009.
Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson had two opportunities to get Seattle into the end zone in the final three minutes, but was unsuccessful.
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