Fourth quarter

Peephole perspective: This one slogged along and turned into a why-bother exercise for both teams, until the Seahawks drove 80 yards in the final five minutes to a too-little, too-late TD. Final: 49ers 40, Seahawks 21.

Player of the quarter: Deon Butler. He caught a 43-yarder and then added a couple of shorter receptions in the Seahawks’ final drive to his 2-yard TD catch.

Play of the quarter: The TD catch, but even that was painful as Butler was injured after catching the pass in the end zone and taken off the field on a cart.

Number of the quarter: One. As in, the 49ers, at 5-8, are one game out of first in the NFC West.

The bigger picture: The Seahawks got to the 49ers’ 19 on their first possession of the quarter, as Matt Hasselbeck passed to Butler for 43 yards and Ruvell Martin for 20 on back-to-back play. But when the drive stalled, Olindo Mare was wide right on a 43-yard field goal.

The Seahawks’ final drive – which took nine plays – included a 36-yard pass to Ruvell Martin to the 49ers’ 9, and the TD pass which came on third-and-goal.


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