Seahawks at San Francisco: A Painful Defeat

The Seahawks traveled to the Bay Area for a divisional matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. Both teams came into the game after a victory over division opponents, so the victor would emerge at the top of the NFC West. The 49ers ended up on top, 23-10, but Seattle suffered other losses as well as injuries took their toll. Most notable was the injury to quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who was taken to the hospital in the middle of the game after a hard hit near the goal line.

Hours before kickoff, receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh stretched on the grass at Candlestick Park under warm autumn skies.

The 12th Man, er, “12th Kids” were in the house, supporting the Seahawks in blue and green.

Steve Vallos and other members of the offense huddled under the tunnel that leads from the locker room to the field before pregame warmups.

A U.S. soldier walks under the giant flag that spanned midfield for the national anthem, uses his hands to keep the flag from touching the ground.

Backup quarterback Seneca Wallace runs onto the field before kickoff. Wallace would later replace injured starter Matt Hasselbeck and play the entire second half.

As is becoming a regular occurrence in San Francisco, Seahawks fans showed up in droves, all representing the 12th Man in blue and green.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck fires through a seam in the 49ers defense in the first half.

Tight end John Carlson caught six passes, including this 17-yard reception.

San Francisco running back followed his blockers and found holes big enough to break off two long touchdown runs.

After absorbing a huge hit while trying to score late in the second quarter, Matt Hasselbeck tries to catch his breath while getting to his feet.

Head coach Jim Mora looks on as team medical personnel tend to Hasselbeck, who crumpled as he tried to walk off the field under his own power.

Seattle’s defense managed to get to San Francisco quarterback Shaun Hill for four sacks, including this one by Lawrence Jackson.

Nate Burleson flew through the air on a return in the second half.

Aaron Curry got a headful of San Francisco’s Glen Coffee.

Seattle receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh looks for a penalty flag, and the officials agreed, calling pass interference.

San Francisco’s Manny Lawson drags down Seneca Wallace in the fourth quarter.

John Carlson found some space in the end zone late in the game, but couldn’t quite get his hands on the pass, which sailed incomplete.

Defensive linemen Cory Redding sits with Patrick Kerney in the mist of the cooling fans on the Seahawks sideline.

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