Going toe-to-toe against one of the best teams in the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks once again poured on the points in a 42-13 throttling of NFC West rival San Francisco Sunday night at CenturyLink Field.
With the win, the Seahawks clinched at least an NFC wild card berth, improving to 10-5 on the year and winning the team’s fourth straight game.
The Niners dropped to 10-4-1 on the season. The Seahawks still has an outside shot at a first round bye. If Seattle takes care of business and defeats St. Louis at home and the 49ers lose at home to Arizona, then the Seahawks would win the team’s second NFC West title in three seasons, and a first round bye in the playoffs.
Seattle improved to 7-0 at home, and has a chance to finish undefeated at CenturyLink Field for the first time since the team’s 2005 Super Bowl season.
Pete Carroll earned his first win in the NFL against San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh, and improved to 1-3 in head-to-head matchups against his firmer college rival.
Harbaugh celebrated his 49th birthday on Sunday.
And after four straight losses, the Seahawks earned their first win against San Francisco since the team’s 2010 season opener.
Running back Marshawn Lynch finished with 111 yards on 26 carries, topping 100 yards for the ninth time this season.
Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson completed 15 of 21 passes for 171 yards, four touchdowns and just one interception.
Wilson’s favorite target was Doug Baldwin, who finished with four catches for 53 yards and two scores, defeating his former coach at Stanford in Harbaugh for the first time as a pro.