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December 14, 2014 at 7:08 PM

The 6 biggest moments from the Seahawks’ 17-7 win over the San Francisco 49ers

The last time the 49ers visited CenturyLink Field, in the NFC Championship Game last January, the Seahawks snuffed their chances of going to the Super Bowl.

On Sunday, Seattle was again responsible for San Francisco’s dashed hopes. But this time, the 49ers were eliminated from postseason contention altogether.

As Jerry Brewer wrote on Friday, this game might have been the end of the rivalry as we know it.

Seattle Seahawks fans show their spirit before the Dec. 14 matchup against the rival San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Seahawks fans show their spirit before Sunday’s matchup against the rival San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times) | More photos

 

Below, the six biggest moments from the game that put the nail in the Niners’ coffin:

 

Field goal puts Hawks on the board first

First quarter

Two 15-yard unnecessary-roughness penalties on 49ers free safety Eric Reid helped along a 62-yard drive by the Seahawks, ending in a 38-yard Steven Hauschka field goal.

Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka kicks a field goal against the San Francisco 49ers in the first half. (Photo by Elaine Thompson / AP)

The Seattle Seahawks’ Steven Hauschka kicks a field goal against the San Francisco 49ers in the first half. (Photo by Elaine Thompson / AP) | More photos

 

49ers answer with a TD

Start of second quarter

The Seahawks’ defense took a while to rev up to its usual level of domination, and San Francisco took advantage of that slow start. The Niners gained 112 yards in the first quarter alone (for comparison, they racked up only 164 total against Seattle two weeks ago).

On fourth and 1 early in the second quarter, San Francisco capped a long drive by creating just enough of a hole for running back Frank Gore to rush 10 yards into the end zone. The play put the 49ers up 7-3.

49ers running back Frank Gore lays down in the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown with Seahawks safety Earl Thomas on his feet during the second quarter. (Photo by Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

49ers running back Frank Gore lands in the end zone to complete a 10-yard touchdown with Seahawks safety Earl Thomas on his feet during the second quarter. (Photo by Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times) | More photos

Gore was later injured, forcing the Niners to find someone else to lean on in the second half.

 

Kearse catches deep pass from Wilson

Early in second quarter

Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse overcame one-on-one coverage by cornerback Perrish Cox to grab a 47-yard pass from Wilson and get the Seahawks to San Francisco’s 42.

Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse brings in a long pass from Russell Wilson in front of 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox during the second quarter. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse brings in a long pass from Russell Wilson in front of 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox during the second quarter. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times) | More photos

Click here to watch a video of the play.

Seahawks wide receivers Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse celebrate after Kearse caught a 47-yard pass. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks wide receivers Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse celebrate after Kearse caught a 47-yard pass. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times) | More photos

Kearse had five catches in the first half for 78 yards.

 

Interception puts brakes on long Seahawks drive

End of second quarter

A 35-yard pass to wide receiver Doug Baldwin put Seattle on the San Francisco 29. But despite being in field-goal range, Seattle kept attempting passes. Wilson threw two incompletions before a third pass was picked off by Niners free safety Eric Reid to end the half.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's pass to wide receiver Doug Baldwin is intercepted by 49ers safety Eric Reid in the red zone on a last-ditch attempt to score on third down in the final seconds of the second quarter. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s pass to wide receiver Doug Baldwin is intercepted by 49ers safety Eric Reid in the red zone on a last-ditch attempt to score on third down in the final seconds of the second quarter. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times) | More photos

 

Seattle refocuses on run game, Lynch gets TD

Late in third quarter

The message in the Seahawks’ locker room at halftime was clear: run, run, run. Seattle drove 60 yards, 42 of them by running backs Marshawn Lynch, Christine Michael and Robert Turbin, before Lynch went into the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown.

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch trots into the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown during the third quarter. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch trots into the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown during the third quarter. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times) | More photos

 

Flag sets up Richardson TD

Early in fourth quarter

A penalty for a late Nick Moody hit on Russell Wilson gave the Seahawks a first down, setting them up to widen their lead.

Wilson shot a laser 10-yard pass to Paul Richardson. The resulting touchdown and extra point gave the Hawks a 10-point lead, securing the Seahawks’ 10th win of the season. The team has now won 10 games in three straight seasons for the first time in franchise history.

Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson brings in a 10-yard pass from Russell Wilson in front of 49ers safety Eric Reid during the fourth quarter for his first NFL career touchdown. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson hauls in a 10-yard pass from Russell Wilson in front of 49ers safety Eric Reid during the fourth quarter for his first NFL career touchdown. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times) | More photos

It was Richardson’s first career touchdown, but will likely be overshadowed by the controversy over that roughing-the-passer call. Said referee Ed Hochuli after the game: “I felt he hit the quarterback in the chest with the hairline, and that’s a foul unless he has his face completely up and would hit it face on with the face mask. It’s a foul, and that’s why I called it.”

That might not be good enough for 49ers fans, but they have bigger things to worry about with their team.

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