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December 14, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Seahawks 17, 49ers 7: First impressions

Jerry Brewer: The Seahawks’ pass rush has been maligned for much of the season, but over the past month, improvement in that area has played a big role in the defense’s surge. On Sunday, the pass rush was better than it has been all season. The Seahawks kept San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick under constant pressure and wound up sacking him six times. Defensive tackle Jordan Hill led the way with two sacks. Five different Seahawks got to Kaepernick. It was a coordinated and relentless effort.

Larry Stone: Down at halftime, the Seahawks ended the day with all sorts of good stuff: a third straight win over their rival, an enhanced playoff outlook, and the satisfaction of officially knocking the 49ers out of the playoffs.

Bob Condotta: Of the many things this win did for Seattle, it also further illustrated the Seahawks’ consistency under coach Pete Carroll. The win made Seattle 10-4, the first time in franchise history Seattle has won at least 10 games in three straight seasons.

Jayson Jenks: Seattle’s defensive surge coincided with the return of linebacker Bobby Wagner, and though Wagner certainly isn’t solely responsible, he is a huge factor. Wagner was all over the field against the 49ers, and his speed kept both quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his running backs in check. Wagner is a difference maker, and the Seahawks don’t have another linebacker with his combo of speed and savvy.

Matt Pentz: As much as this rivalry series gets hyped into Russell Wilson vs. Colin Kaepernick, the opposing running backs played just as much a role in Seattle’s victory on Sunday. San Francisco’s offense flopped after Frank Gore exited with a head injury — the unit managed just six yards of offense in the entire third quarter after rolling to 178 in the first half. Marshawn Lynch, meanwhile, roared into gear after the break, pulling the Seahawks’ offense alongside him and putting his team ahead for good.

Ryan Divish: Colin Kaepernick gave a gutty performance, taking a pounding from the Seahawks defense on a multitude of scrambles and designed runs. But it was obvious that neither he nor the Niners coaching staff had any confidence in his ability to throw downfield and test the Seattle secondary. Kaepernick was largely one dimensional and unable to move the San Francisco offense.

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