Above is the play that essentially decided the game, a 51-yard run by Frank Gore that set up a last-minute field goal to lift the 49ers to a 19-17 win over the Seahawks Sunday.
As you’ll see reading a lot of the links below, the Seahawks talked afterward largely of still being in a good spot and desiring to move on quickly from this one.
They also talked of wanting to learn from what went wrong. And with that thought, here are two quotes from 49ers players on two of the key aspects of the game.
First, from 49ers safety Donte Whitner on what the 49ers did to keep the Seattle offense to a total of 264 yards, second-fewest this season other than the 135 at St. Louis.
That included just 83 after halftime when Seattle punted on its first three possessions, was held to a field goal when starting deep in 49ers another time, and then threw an interception on the last play.
Said Whitner of Russell Wilson and Seattle’s offense:
“Well, he’s very mobile. Even when you do everything right, he can make a play out of nothing. So, when he starts to scramble, his guys understand what playground football is. The guys that go deep come back for the ball. The guys that are short go deep. We did a good job containing him today and we did a good job of taking away that playground football away from them and that’s why we came away with the win.”
As for the Gore run, here’s what he said about it:
“My O-line did a great job, O-Line, receivers. When I saw the hole I kind of knew that 29 [S Earl Thomas] was going, he’s so fast to the ball, I kind of knew that he was going to overrun it. So, I kind of set him outside and then broke him back in because he’s so aggressive. But I have to say thanks to my O-Line, who did a great job all game, receivers. And as an offense we played together. It took all the playmakers to do something in this game, and that’s what it’s going to take for us to get to that next level.”
The Seahawks were back in Seattle pretty early and will return to the VMAC tomorrow for “Tell the Truth Monday” when they’ll talk about this one and then put it to bed.
Now for some links. …
— Larry Stone says the 49ers showed the Seahawks that they are not perfect;
— Here’s my game story;
— The notebook leading off with K.J. Wright’s injury;
— Jayson Jenks wrote about the penalties;
— Jenks also writes about the Frank Gore play that got away;
— Hugh Millen breaks down two key plays on the 49ers’ final drive;
— Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News writes that the 49ers could smile through the pain;
— Seahawks.com says the team will have more chances to win the NFC West;
— Seahawks.com also has a Game at a Glance;
— ESPN with a recap and some highlights;
— NFL.com on what was learned in the game;
— The Associated Press says the road to the Super Bowl still goes through Seattle;
— SI.com’s Austin Murphy says the 49ers won but their offense is still flawed;
— USA Today writes that the 49ers think they have a chance to see the Seahawks again;
— The New York Times says the 49ers showed they have a homefield edge, too;
— ESPN says the Seahawks have no fear about the loss;
— ESPN also says the 49ers’ next big task will be to win in Seattle in the playoffs;
— The San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers were fired up by Justin Smith’s pre-game talk;
— Here’s the full writeup from the Chronicle;
— The Sporting News says the 49ers sent a little of a warning shot;
— The Mercury News also writes that the 49ers opened up the playbook at the right time;
— Here’s how the playoff picture would look if the season ended today;
— The Seahawks now play the Giants, who got blown out at San Diego to fall to 5-8.