Peephole perspective: Oh, Mare. Veteran K Olindo Mare hit a 30-yard field goal as time expired. Seahawks 20, 49ers 17.
Player of the quarter: Mare, of course. He broke the club record with his 17th consecutive field goal to give the Seahawks a lead, then kicked No. 18 to give them the win.
Play of the quarter: With 18 seconds left, Matt Hasselbeck laid a beautiful pass to rookie WR Deon Butler along the right sideline. Butler got behind CB Keith Smith to make the catch and get Mare close enough for his game-winner – the 13th of his career.
Line of the quarter: 2-2. That was Mare on his field goal attempts, and he was kicking toward the north end zone – where he missed his only two attempts of the season in the Week 2 loss to the Bears.
The bigger picture: The 49ers made up for the offensive drought in the third quarter by driving from their own 2 to the Seahawks’ 26. That’s when FS Jordan Babineaux forced Gore to fumble. CB Josh Wilson scooped up the ball and returned it to the 49ers’ 41.
Mare finally broke the stalemate – and took advantage of Babineaux’s big play – by kicking a 25-yard field goal, his club-record 17th in a row. The three-pointer capped a seven-play, 34-yard drive. Matt Hasselbeck and Justin Forsett hooked up on a 15-yard pass play to highlight the possession.
Again, the lead didn’t last long, as the 49ers took the ensuing kickoff and moved 68 yards to a game-tying 34-yard field goal by Joe Nedney. Alex Smith had an 18-yard completion to WR Brandon Jones, but the biggest play was a 28-yard pass interference penalty – on a very late flag – against CB Marcus Trufant. He got tangled with rookie WR Michael Crabtree on the play.
The Seahawks took the kickoff that followed Nedney’s field goal and drove to the 49ers40-yard line. But Julius Jones was stopped for a 5-yard loss by LB Patrick Willis on first down, another pass to Jones gained 1 yard, C Chris Spencer was penalized for a false start and WR Deion Branch could not hold Hasselbeck’s third-down pass.
But the Seahawks got the ball back with 21 seconds left. Hasselbeck hit Butler. Mare hit his 30-yarder. The Seahawks have won back-to-back games for the first time since last December.