The second half began with news that Matt Hasselbeck’s return was doubtful after he sustained a rib injury on the Seahawks’ next-to-last play of the first half. Things only got worse as Frank Gore ran 80 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the half.
Gore darted up the gut of the Seahawks’ defense again, but his 80-yard dash took 11 seconds – compared to the 12 seconds it took him to run 79 yards for a score in the first quarter.
Gore’s second long run gave him 206 yards for the day – 6 shy of his career-best effort against the Seahawks at Candlestick in 2006. But in that game, Gore did not score.
The Seahawks also lost another player in the quarter, as cornerback Josh Wilson went out with an ankle injury. That left Kelly Jennings to fill-in and moved safety Lawyer Milloy into the nickel defense.