The San Francisco 49ers defeated their division rivals, the Seattle Seahawks, in a close game Sunday. The 49ers showed the rest of the NFL that they are still a viable threat by beating the red-hot Seahawks, 19-17. It was a physical game that came down to the very last minute of the game.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick might not have had a big game on the stat sheet, but he did have a big impact in the game. Kaepernick finished the game going 15-for-29 with 175 yards and one touchdown and one interception. Most of Kaepernick’s passing yards went to Anquan Boldin and he finished the game with six catches for 93 yards. The real hero of this game, however, was Frank Gore. After a lackluster three quarters, Gore finally broke through with a 51-yard gain that set up the game-winning field goal. He finished the game with 17 carries for 110 yards.
The 49ers’ defense played a very good game as expected. For the fourth time in two years, the 49ers kept Russell Wilson to less than 200 yards passing. He just missed the mark by going 15-for-25 with 199 yards and one touchdown and an interception. But the real difference of this game was that for the first time in two years, the 49ers kept Marshawn Lynch from running all over them. While he did have an 11-yard touchdown run, he finished with only 72 yards on 20 carries. The 49ers still have yet to give up a 100-yard rusher this season.
The 49ers had to win this game and they did. They now stay ahead of multiple teams in the wildcard race. With three more very winnable games coming up, the 49ers have a very good chance of winning out the rest of the season. Next week they travel to Florida to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After that, they come back home for the final game at Candlestick Park vs. the Atlanta Falcons.