The Seahawks needed a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, and they got one against a lackluster San Francisco team to improve to 5-5 on the season.

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First impressions from our Seattle Times writers after Sunday’s 29-13 Seahawks victory over the 49ers at CenturyLink Field:

Larry Stone: Thomas Rawls looked like Beast Mode Lite — or, more accurately, Beast Mode Heavy — in leading this victory in Marshawn Lynch’s absence. But give some props to fellow rookie Tyler Lockett, not to mention quarterback Russell Wilson, who turned in his most assured game of the season.


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Matt Calkins: Thomas Rawls was impressive and the Seahawks got back to .500. But against a subpar 49ers team, it really didn’t prove much.

Bob Condotta: The days of holding your breath over the health status of Marshawn Lynch may be over. Lynch remains a key component to this team. But Thomas Rawls has to now be considered a legitimate threat, having now rushed for 209 yards and 169 in two of his three starts this season.

Jayson Jenks: Quarterback Russell Wilson played perhaps his best game of the season a week after maybe playing his worst game. He threw for 260 yards — the second-most of the season — and completed a season-high 83 percent of his passes. He threw three touchdowns in a game for the first time since 2013 and avoided turnovers and costly mistakes that have hurt him at times this season.