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Seahawks lead 49ers 13-0 in the third quarter -- and it should be far more than that

Anyone else besides all those players and coaches in Seahawks gray and blue think this should be about 21-0 right now?

That's how thoroughly dominate Seattle's defense has been through one half.

But its offense has squandered seven points into three two different times. That's why Seattle leads "only" 13-0 at San Francisco at halftime in a game that looks and feels far more lopsided than that.

The Seahawks' defense got an interception that Colin Kaepernick threw directly to Seattle All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman in the first quarter. Russell Wilson and No. 2 tailbackl Robert Turbin converted that into a 13-yard touchdown pass in the wide-open left flat to put the Seahawks up 10-0. Kaepernick threw the ball directly to Sherman behind his receiver at the sideline on the San Francsico 45. It was Sherman's second interception of the season and 22nd of his four-season career. That is the most in the NFL since 2011.

Wilson then went into his escape and improvisational mode in the second quarter, escaping two sacks on one play and throwing just before the line to left-alone Tony Moeaki. The recently signed tight end rumbled like a dump truck with no brakes 63 yards down the sideline to the 49ers 1. The Seahawks went inside spread formation on first down before Marshawn Lynch got stopped for a loss of 1 inside. Then they brought 285-pound fullback and former 49er Will Tukuafu into the formation -- but tried a roll-out pass by Wilson, who gained a yard back trying to run. On third and goal, the Seahawks again spread out the formation with four wide receivers, and Wilson's short pass to the goal was tipped down at the line. Steven Hauschka's second field goal.

Another improv play by Wilson after escaping the 49ers' pass rush gained 32 yards on a dump off pass to Turbin. But the drive stalled when on second down reserve running back Christine Michael ran short of the line to gain by a yard after a catch, and then Turbin got stopped on third and 1. The Seahawks settled for another field goal by Hauschka for a 13-0 lead instead of more.

The total yards at the half: Seattle 197, San Francisco 71. The 49ers gained just 45 yards on their first 24 plays, just 1.9 yards per play.

Wilson is 9 for 14 passing for 163 yards, the touchdown and one sack. He fumbled on a scramble late in the half, but recovered it. He's fumbled eight times this season but hasn't lost one -- yet. Lynch has 11 carries for 38 yards. He spent one series -- watching Turbin's 32-yard catch and run -- getting his recently sore back looked at on the sidelines.

Kaepernick is 7 for 16 for 55 yards, the interception and a sack, a passer rating of 26.8.

The noise from the home crowd in this new stadium were howling as the 49ers left the field for halftime. And they weren't calling "Bruuuuuce!" for Seahawks' linebacker Bruce Irvin, either.

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