Yes, running back Marshawn Lynch finished with 109 yards rushing, the second straight playoff game he surpassed the century mark. But more important, He rumbled 40 yards for a touchdown that tied the score at 10 with 9:51 left in the third quarter and ignited the crowd.
The 49ers appeared on the verge of snatching the game and the NFC title away from the Seahawks when San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick lofted a pass into the end zone with 30 seconds left intended for Michael Crabtree. Richard Sherman tipped the ball in the air and Malcolm Smith came down with the interception to seal the win for the Seahawks.
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On the second play of the fourth quarter, the Seahawks elected to go for it on fourth and seven from the 49ers 35-yard line. Russell Wilson passed to Jermaine Kearse in the end zone for a touchdown to give Seattle the lead for the first time in the game at 20-17 with 13:52 to go in the game.
“This feels even sweeter.” — Seahawks owner Paul Allen, upon receiving the NFC championship trophy. It was the second one in franchise history, the other coming following the 2005 season.
106 Receiving yards for Doug Baldwin. The 49ers’ top two receivers, Anquan Boldin and Crabtree, combined for 105.
308 Total net yards by the Seahawks, the first time Seattle surpassed 300 yards since a 23-0 win over the Giants on Dec. 15. Also, the total net yards gained by the 49ers.
8 Penalties, for 65 yards, committed by the Seahawks, the fewest number of penalties Seattle has had against the 49ers this season. The Seahawks had 10 on Sept. 15 and nine on Dec. 8.
101 Rushing yards by Kaepernick early in the second quarter after a 58-yard run. He finished with 130 yards.
|Sept. 8||at Carolina||W, 12-7|
|Sept. 15||S. Francisco||W, 29-3|
|Sept. 22||Jacksonville||W, 45-17|
|Sept. 29||at Houston||W, 23-20 OT|
|Oct. 6||at Indnapolis||L, 34-28|
|Oct. 13||Tennessee||W, 20-13|
|Oct. 17||at Arizona||W, 34-22|
|Oct. 28||at St. Louis||W, 14-9|
|Nov. 3||Tampa Bay||W, 27-24 OT|
|Nov. 10||at Atlanta||W, 33-10|
|Nov. 17||Minnesota||W, 41-20|
|Dec. 2||New Orleans||W, 34-7|
|Dec. 8||at S. Frncisco||L, 19-17|
|Dec. 15||at NY Giants||W, 23-0|
|Dec. 22||Arizona||L, 17-10|
|Dec. 29||St. Louis||W, 27-9|
|Jan. 11||New Orleans||W, 23-15|
|Jan. 19||S. Francisco||–|
Seattle Times staff