Seahawks win wild one
Jason Myers' 42-yard field goal with no time left in overtime gave the Seattle Seahawks a 27-24 victory and knocked the San Francisco 49ers from the unbeaten ranks.
San Francisco (8-1) was the last team in the NFL without a loss — until the Seahawks rallied in the second half and withstood several twists and turns down the stretch at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
It was the almost the first tie on Monday night since October 1983, between the New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.
But the Seahawks (8-2), quarterback Russell Wilson and Myers had other ideas in a battle that had serious implications in the NFC West as well.
The teams were tied at 24-24 at the end of regulation — and after first Myers and then San Francisco's Chas McLaughlin made a field goal in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter.
The Seahawks took the OT kickoff and drove into the red zone, only to have linebacker Dre Greenlaw pick off a Wilson pass at the 5 and return the ball 47 yards to the Seattle 49.
The 49ers had a 47-yard field-goal attempt to win with 3:10 left in the extra session, but McLaughlin missed badly to the left.
The Seahawks took over at their 37. With two minutes to go, Seattle had third-and-2 at its 45, and a short pass was broken up by San Francisco, forcing a punt.
The 49ers took over at their 20 with 1:50 remaining. Three incompletions later, San Francisco punted, and Seattle took over at its 36 with 1:25 on the clock.
Wilson scrambled 21 yards on third-and-3 to the San Francisco 39. That set up Myers' kick on the last play of the night.
San Francisco took the lead inititally, at 8:23 of the first quarter on a 43-yard field goal by McLaughlin.
With 2:03 left in the quarter, San Francisco quarterback Garoppolo hit former Milwauke High receiver Kendrick Bourne with a 10-yard touchdown pass and a 10-0 advantage.
The Seahawks made the break they needed in the second quarter, as they (defensive tackle Jarran Reed) got to Garoppolo in the pocket, and he coughed up the football, and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney recovered and ran it in from 10 yards for a Seattle TD. The PAT sliced San Francisco's lead to 10-7 with 2:51 left in the half.
The Seahawks lost a golden opportunity to take the lead before intermission as receiver DK Metcalf bulled his way near the goal line after a reception. But the 49ers were able to pull the ball out of his hands just before he got into the end zone, it was ruled after a replay review. And San Francisco took possession at its 2-yard line with 1:02 on the clock.
Early in the third quarter, 49ers defensive lineman DeForest Buckner from the University of Oregon recovered a Seattle fumble at the SF 44.
But the Seahawks held on downs, and on San Francisco's next possession, newly acquired defensive back Quandre Diggs picked off an errant Garoppolo pass and returned it 44 yards to the Niners' 16.
Wilson ripped off a 14-yard run to the 3, then rolled right and lobbed a pass to the end zone that tight end Jacob Hollister from Bend's Mountain View High was able to come up with for a touchdown — Wilson's 23rd TD throw of the season (with one interception). With the extra-point kick, Seattle led 14-10 with 4:37 remaining in the third quarter.
Then it was Seattle stripping the ball from Garoppolo and recovering at the 49ers' 24. A pass from Wilson to Hollister got a first down at the 10, and Chris Carson banged nine and one yard on the next two plays for another touchdown and a 21-10 Seattle lead with 1:42 left in the third.
The 49ers came back, though, with pass rush pressure collapsing on Wilson, who lost the handle, and Buckner picked up the bouncing ball and dashed 12 yards for a touchdown. Garoppolo hit Bourne for a 2-point pass, and the lead was down to 21-18 with 12:01 remaining.
With 617 left, McLaughlin connected from 39 yards to tie the score at 21-21.
Seattle started to drive, though, and new receiver Josh Gordon, formerly of New England, converted a third-and-6 with a catch in San Francisco territory shortly before the two-minute warning.
The 49ers defense held on short yardage as Seattle tried to run on second and third down, and that brought on Myers for a longish kick on fourth-and-2.
Myers nailed a 45-yard field goal with 1:45 left to break a 21-21 tie.
San Francisco came out throwing, and Seattle had two good chances to intercept that fell through its hands, and the 49ers crossed midfield with one minute to go. With 18 seconds left and San Francisco at the Seattle 37, the 49ers called their last timeout. A completion got the ball to the 29, and the Niners spiked the ball with seven seconds to play.
On came McLaughlin for a field-goal try of 47 yards, and he made it to send the game to overtime.
Wilson finished 24 of 34 passing for 232 yards.
Garoppolo was 24 of 46 for 248 yards. Each QB had one interception and one TD pass.
Carson carried 25 times for 89 yards.
Metcalk had six catches for 70 yards, and Hollister had eight for 62 yards. Tyler Lockett left with a leg injury after grabbing three receptons for 26 yards for the Seahawks.
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