Seahawks fall inches short of NFC West title with 26-21 loss to San Francisco

Last-minte delay of game penalty, no DPI call keep Seahawks from scoring potential game-winning TD
Marshaw Lynch flies over 49ers

SEATTLE, Wash. — There was no room for more motivating factors when the San Francisco 49ers visited Seattle looking for their first win in Century Link since 2011. So, of course it came down to the final seconds of the fourth quarter.

An NFC West title on the line, a chance for both teams to get more favorable playoff seeds, a rivalry win, Marshawn Lynch’s return to the field as a Seahawk, Richard Sherman always adding some drama returning as a 49er.

The path in the playoffs would be the same for either team if they lost, dropping to a five-seed, and having to play at Philadelphia after the Eagles clinched the NFC East. If San Francisco won, however, they’d secure the number one NFC playoff spot.

A delay of game penalty by Seattle with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game when they had a chance to go ahead played a large part in the Seahawks keeping themselves from a game-winning touchdown. There were problems on offense much earlier in the game than that, though.

The Seahawks offense was silenced by the 49ers for the entire first half. San Francisco had a 13-0 lead after a 30-yard touchdown run with a nice spin move by Deebo Samuel sandwiched by two field goals.

Tyler Lockett helped the Seahawks get on the scoreboard nine minutes into the third quarter, when Russell Wilson scrambled on 3rd and 9, and hit Lockett in the endzone 14 yards away. San Francisco led 13-7.

They would make it a 19-7 game in the very next drive, when a 49-yard throw from Jimmy Garoppolo to Kyle Juszczyk helped set up a 2-yard rush from Raheem Mostert. They failed on the 2-pt conversion.

The loudest moment of the night came five minutes into the fourth quarter, when Marshawn Lynch jumped over a heap of defenders from one yard out, into the endzone to make it a 19-14 game.

Raheem Mostert would score for the second time in response. This time, a 13-yard run gave San Francisco a 26-14 edge.

The game continued to be a shootout, as Wilson found DK Metcalf on the Seahawks’ next drive, a 14-yard throw to the corner of the endzone. That put the Seahawks within one score, 26-21 with 3:30 left in the game.

Seattle’s defense then forced the 49ers to punt, and had a chance to take the lead. They marched down to the eight yard line, and on 4th and 10 Wilson hit Tyler Lockett just short of the goal line for a first down.

But they took too long to start their next play after a timeout, and received a delay of game penalty, moving them back five yards, and Wilson nearly threw an interception in the endzone, going for Lockett again.

With 15 seconds remaining, Wilson hit Jacob Hollister at the goal line, who nearly crossed the goal line, but was stopped short by a San Francisco defender.

That delay of game penalty hurt, but so did a no-call on what looked like defensive pass interference on Jacob Hollister on 3rd and goal. The Hollister catch had to be reviewed, but he was ruled down and San Francisco took over, running the clock out on to win the NFC West, and become the NFC’s number one playoff seed with a 26-21 win.

Seattle has the number five seed, and will play at Philadelphia next Saturday or Sunday.