The Seahawks wanted to get the ball and also get on the board first. They got it half right. The Seahawks did win the coin flip, but then went three-and-out as Matt Hasselbeck’s second-down pass went off the hands of tight end John Owens and the Seahawks QB was then sacked by Ray McDonald.
It was the 49ers who scored first, as they drove 55 yards in 13 plays to a 37-yard field goal by Joe Nedney. The eight-minute possession reached the Seahawks’ 13-yard line (twice), but linebacker Aaron Curry dropped Frank Gore for a 2-yard loss on first down and defensive end Patrick Kerney sacked Shaun Hill for a 6-yard loss on third down.
The 49ers pushed their lead to 10-0 the next time they touched the ball, but this time they struck quickly. Gore took the handoff, got through a crease between center Eric Heitmann and right guard Chilo Rachal and was gone for a career-long 79-yard TD run that took only 12 seconds. Safety Jordan Babineaux and cornerback Ken Lucas chased Gore to the end zone, but could not catch him.
The quick strike came with middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu on the sideline, as he aggravated the hamstring injury he got in the season opener.
The 49ers also scored the next time they touched the ball, as Allen Rossum broke a 75-yard punt return for a TD. But Glenn Coffee was flagged for an illegal block on Will Herring, a penalty that resulted in only a 3-yard return for Rossum.