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Quarter notes: First

Marshawn Lynch

In a nutshell: 14-0. The 49ers got the ball first, as the Seahawks won the coin flip but deferred. After a three-and-out, a 16-yard punt return by Leon Washington and a 15-yard roughness penalty by the 49ers’ Tramaine Brock after the punt, the Seahawks had a first down at the 49ers’ 35. Two plays later, Marshawn Lynch scored on a 24-yard run to the left side, with key blocks from center Max Unger, left tackle Russell Okung, tight end Zach Miller and wide receiver Doug Baldwin. The Seahawks had to drive the long field on their next possession, and did, with Lynch scoring on a 9-yard pass from Russell Wilson to cap a nine-play, 86-yard drive. Lynch carried five times for 17, while Wilson was 2 of 2 for 57 yards also ran for 3 yards on a third-and-1 play. The 49ers had the ball at the Seahawks’ 4 as the quarter ended.

Player of the quarter: Lynch. He ran for the first touchdown and scored the second on a pass for his first receiving TD. Honorable mention to Baldwin, who had the goal-line block on Lynch’s TD run and a 43-yard reception on the drive to Lynch’s TD catch.

Play of the quarter: Lynch’s TD run. Yes, it was vintage Lynch. But the blocks he got made it happen, especially Baldwin’s block on cornerback Tarell Brown at the goal line.

Number of the quarter: 24. Lynch is No. 24, and scored on a 24-yard run.


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