The 49ers have a 7-3 lead in the third quarter of a game that is every bit the struggle the Seahawks expected.
And then some.
The Seahawks -- specifically rookie right tackle Justin Britt and ailing right guard J.R. Sweezy -- have not been able to keep the 49ers out of Russell Wilson's face or the backdfield. The Niners have sacked Wilson three times, hit him four more times and intercepted him to end the half on the worst throw Wilson's made in a long time.
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The Seahawks' defense has allowed 178 yards, 14 more than San Francisco managed in losing 19-3 to Seattle on Thanksgiving in Santa Clara. The 49ers have 104 yards rushing, 64 more than it had in the previous meeting against the NFL's top-ranked defense, as Colin Kaepernick has done what he didn't do a couple week ago. San Francisco's quarterback has taken off on runs when his receivers are covered. He may now be the 49ers' biggest running threat with Frank Gore out getting evaluated for a head injury the running back got while blocking Bobby Wagner during Kaepernick's 22-yard run in the second quarter.
Gore has the game's only touchdown, to end an 85-yard drive early in the second quarter.
Wilson cost the Seahawks a field goal late, as did Seattle's decision to try one more pass with 10 seconds left and no time outs from the San Francisco 29 instead of kicking a field goal then. Wilson forced a pass down the right seam to slot receiver Doug Baldwin that safety Eric Reid intercepted at the 5 and returned 73 yards as the first-half time expired.
It was Wilson's sixth interception of the season, and perhaps his worst one considering the circumstances.
Baldwin spent some of the first half getting his back stretched, though he returned. Sweezy has been limping.
Time for the Seahawks to get Marshawn Lynch running going this second half.
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