Seahawks vs. San Francisco: Playing to the Final Whistle

The Seahawks returned home to face division rival San Francisco after spending three straight weeks on the road. Seattle sought to avenge an earlier defeat at the 49ers in Week 2, and also looked to build on last week’s victory at St. Louis.

Hours before kickoff in his office at Qwest Field, head coach Jim Mora conferred with head trainer Sam Ramsden, running backs coach Kasey Dunn and special teams coach Bruce DeHaven.

Just prior to taking the field for pregame warmups, Seattle’s defensive backs got pumped up.

As fans looked on, Seahawks players joined hands before kickoff.

Members of the Lakewood Police Department were guests of the Seahawks, as they grieved last weekend’s tragic shooting of four of their officers. Wide receiver Nate Burleson was one of many Seahawks who paid their respects before the game.

Taima the Hawk took to the air in leading the team out of the tunnel for pregame introductions.

Nate Burleson led the team onto the field holding the 12th Man flag.

Josh Wilson was one of a group of players saying a private prayer once the teams had taken the field.

Once the game began, Seattle’s defense brought pressure on San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith, causing this incompletion on a blitz by Deon Grant.

Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley celebrated with his players after they stopped the 49ers on fourth-and-one at the goal line in the first quarter.

Cornerback Marcus Trufant took to the air to try to defend a pass intended for San Francisco rookie Michael Crabtree.

Seattle’s special teams played a big role in the victory. Here Will Herring and Lawyer Milloy smother San Francisco’s Brandon Jones after a fumbled exchange on a punt return.

Rookie Nick Reed came up with the ball, setting up Seattle’s first touchdown.

Justin Forsett celebrates after scoring on a Seattle’s second touchdown on a pass from Matt Hasselbeck.

Seattle continued to harass Smith, and this blitz by Jordan Babineaux resulted in a sack.

Brandon Mebane, David Hawthorne and Aaron Curry stopped San Francisco’s Frank Gore. Seattle held Gore to only 25 yards rushing.

San Francisco’s Michael Crabtree gets up after Seattle’s defense, led by Josh Wilson, held him to a short gain.

Seattle’s special teams continued their fine play as Olindo Mare took a direct snap from a field goal formation and punted the ball deep into San Francisco territory.

On the other end of Mare’s quick kick, tight end John Carlson dived to keep the ball in play, and Seattle downed the ball at San Francisco’s two-yard line.

San Francisco’s next drive was halted when Jordan Babineaux forced a fumble, which was returned by teammate Josh Wilson into 49ers territory, setting up a Seattle field goal.

No offensive play was bigger than this catch by rookie receiver Deon Butler, that set up a game-winning field goal for Olindo Mare.

Butler is congratulated by teammates for his heroics.

Justin Forsett celebrates with the rest of the Seahawks as they watch Olindo Mare’s game-winning field goal sail through the uprights with no time remaining.

Olindo Mare and Deon Butler, both of whom made key plays in the final minute congratulate each other after the game.

In the locker room, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck accepts congratulations after leading the Seahawks to victory.

Seattle’s players joined hands in the locker room to celebrate their victory.


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