Third quarter

Peephole perspective: The 49ers got an interception return for TD by FS Dashon Goldson. The Seahawks answered with a 92-yard kickoff return for a TD by Leon Washington. But it’s still all 49ers, 40-14.

Player of the quarter: Washington. Why not? Unless you go with the player from Washington – Goldson.

Play of the quarter: In a game that has been all 49ers, Washington gave the Seahawks a few now-that’s-more-like-it seconds when he ran back a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown.

Number of the quarter: 40. As in the number of total points for the 49ers.

The bigger picture: New half, same results. On the second play, Goldson intercepted Matt Hasselbeck’s pass that was intended for TE Chris Baker and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown to push the 49ers’ lead to 37-7. Hasselbeck changed the play and altered the formation by stepping back into the shotgun after reading that the 49ers were blitzing. But it obviously did not help.

The Seahawks drove to the 49ers’ 7 on the their next possession, but CB Nate Clements intercepted Hasselbeck’s pass in the end zone that was intended for Brandon Stokley.

Jeff Reed kicked his fourth field goal – this one a 36-yarder – with 3:32 left in the quarter to give the 49ers a 40-7 lead. The seven-play, 51-yard “drive” was actually one play – a 46-yard pass from Alex Smith to WR Josh Morgan to the Seahawks’ 21 on third-and-8.

The Seahawks then got their second touchdown, as Washington returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards for a score – his third of the season. Washington already held the club single-season record with his TD returns of 101 and 99 yards against the Chargers in Week 3.

The Seahawks also lost WR Brandon Stokley to a hamstring injury in the quarter.


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