Photoblog: Seahawks Fall in San Francisco

The Seahawks entered the “fourth quarter” of their season hoping for a road victory to elevate their playoff hopes, but instead fell to the San Francisco 49ers on the road, 40-21.

On the team charter, head coach Pete Carroll does some final communicating before the plane takes off for San Francisco.

Upon landing, team president Peter McLoughlin, general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll confer on the tarmac.

On game day, members of the team gather in the shower for a pregame prayer. Condensation in the locker room fogs the camera lens, creating the blur.

Defensive back Kam Chancellor walks down the tunnel from the locker room to the field in legendary yet antiquated Candlestick Park, home of the 49ers.

Seattle's Ruvell Martin celebrates in the arms of teammate Mike Gibson after Martin scored his first career touchdown. However, the Seahawks didn't muster much after that on either side of the ball as the 49ers scored 33 unanswered points.

Seattle safety Lawyer Milloy goes horizontal, but it wasn't enough to prevent San Francisco's Vernon Davis from one of his five catches.

San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith tried to take on Seattle cornerback Roy Lewis, who pounded him with a vicious hit.

Seattle's Aaron Curry leapt over the San Francisco line to get a hand on this field goal attempt by the 49ers Jeff Reed which still made it through the uprights.

A small shaft of sunlight illuminated the players during part of the third quarter as the winter sun began to set.

Seahawks return specialist Leon Washington again proved his ability to be special with a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Washington is congratulated by head coach Pete Carroll, who called Washington an "absolute stud" during his postgame comments to the team.

Seahawks linebacker Will Herring watches the action from the sidelines during the fourth quarter.

Wide receiver Deon Butler caught this 43-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck, despite early contact from San Francisco's Tarell Brown.

Ruvell Martin made the most of his start due to injuries to Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu, catching this 36-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck in the fourth quarter to set up a touchdown.

Head coach Pete Carroll, team medical staff and players gather around fallen Deon Butler, who broke his leg while catching a two-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

Dr. Ed Khalfayan of the Seahawks medical team accompanies Butler off the field on a motorized cart.

Players and coaches including linebackers coach Ken Norton, Jr. didn't see much they liked near the end of the 40-21 defeat which saw the Seahawks give up 40 points and five turnovers in the loss.

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