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Frank Gore bullied his way to 131 yards before being injured.
We knew this wasn’t going to be pretty, but my goodness. The San Francisco 49ers were able to pry the NFC West division lead from the Seattle Seahawks with a 13-6 victory.
The win left the 49ers with more questions than answers.
Frank Gore rushed for 131 yards on 16 carries before leaving late in the game with a back injury. Alex Smith had another subpar performance. His 12-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker in the third quarter was the difference on the scoreboard.
The Niners defense did not allow Russell Wilson to get comfortable in the pocket.
It was the defensive struggle battle ee all expected. I’m looking forward to the rematch December 23rd in Seattle.
The 49ers are in sole possession of first place in the AFC West and the offense scored a touchdown for the first time in seven quarters. That’s the good news. The bad news is Alex Smith (14-23, 140 yds. TD, int.) has regressed back to his 2010 form. Once again raising questions about his ability to take the Niners team to the next level.
The home team was well aware of the Seahawks ability to match their physical intensity. The x-factor was Smith who has now thrown four interceptions in the last two games.
Seattle had its opportunities.
Marshawn Lynch rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries. Dropped passes killed drives and ultimately kept the Seahawks out of the end zone. A dropped pass by rookie running back Robert Turbin would’ve given the Seahawks a red zone possession. It was a frustrating night for Russell Wilson (9-23, 122 yds, int.) who was picked off and sacked twice.
It was that kind of night for the Seahawks who let a great defensive effort go to waste.