Seattle Seahawks hold off San Francisco 49ers


Text and photos by R. Mascardo

SANTA CLARA – The Seattle Seahawks held on for a 25-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday to wrap up the regular season.

Russell Wilson threw for 258 yards and a touchdown.

The Seahawks rallied from an early 11-point deficit to beat the 49ers who are the NFC West champion (10-5-1) as they headed to the playoff as third seed.

The loss capped a disastrous season for the 49ers (2-14), who matched the franchise record for losses in a season previously in 1978, 1979 and 2004.

The Niners started fast with touchdowns on two of their first three drives. But they were outgained 366-99 over the final three quarters as Wilson delivered several big plays.

Seattle shut down Kaepernick and the Niners defense.

In the aftermath, the Niners announced the same evening that both General Manager Trent Baalke and Head Coach Chip Kelly were “relieved of their duties.”