San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks 1/19/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Seattle Seahawks 23, San Francisco 49ers 17
January 19, 2014
The second game in the NFL’s conference championship Sunday featured the 49ers and the Seahawks doing battle in Seattle. These two teams know each other very well, with their recent matchups offering little indication of a clear-cut favorite for this one. Games between Seattle and San Francisco are always hard-hitting, intense affairs, and with a Super Bowl berth on the line this matchup was no different.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the important statistics and key players from the game and see if we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll look ahead and check out the future for both teams.
What Happened: As just about everyone figured, defense ruled in this one and points were at a premium. Scoreboard-wise, things started out slow as expected, with San Francisco accounting for the sole points of the first quarter on a 25-yard Phil Dawson field goal after a sack-fumble by Russell Wilson.
In the second, the offenses picked up ever-so-slightly. The Niners got into the end zone on a 1-yard run from Anthony Dixon for a 10-0 lead. The Seahawks were able to muster a 32-yard Steven Hauschka field goal to pull within a score at halftime.
After the break, the momentum started shifting Seattle’s way. Marshawn Lynch got the comeback started with a beastly 40-yard touchdown run that tied it up. San Francisco responded with a nice 26-yard hookup from Colin Kaepernick to Anquan Boldin. Another Hauschka field goal would make it 17-13 Niners heading into the fourth quarter.
The Seahawks were all set to kick a field goal early in the fourth, but instead opted to go for it and ended up with a 35-yard TD pass from Wilson to Jermaine Kearse. Hauschka would extend the lead to six with a 47-yarder with under four minutes to play, and a final defensive stand (ending in an end zone interception on a tipped ball) would seal it for Seattle 23-17.
The Seahawks are headed to the Super Bowl in two weeks to face the Broncos.
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The Stars: The Seattle defense were the real stars in this game, coming up with three turnovers (two picks and a fumble recovery) and two sacks.
Offensively, the team played well enough, with Wilson accounting for 215 yards and a score. Marshawn Lynch also provided a much-needed ground game with his 22 carries for 109 yards (granted, 40 came on one play). Doug Baldwin also came up big with 106 yards on six receptions.
The San Francisco defense played admirably, notching four sacks and a turnover, but they were put in some tough situations and botched a few big plays. Still, they stood tall in the face of some bad calls and unfortunate breaks that didn’t go their way, especially in the second half.
The Goats: Kaepernick will take a lot of heat for this loss, but it’s not all his fault. Sure, he accounted for a pair of interceptions and a fumble, but he also kept his team in it with 130 yards on 11 carries.
Speaking of the running game, San Fran really didn’t have one. Kendall Hunter and Frank Gore combined for just 30 yards on 14 carries.
Seattle also has some work to do on offense before they try and keep up with Denver in the Super Bowl. They were 0-for-3 in the red zone and 5-for-14 on third downs.
Injuries: The injury everyone will be talking about happened to the Niners’ NaVorro Bowman. He suffered a gruesome leg injury on what should have been a fumble recovery at the goal-line and had to be carted off the field. LaMichael James also had to come out of the game for San Francisco.
Seattle was pretty fortunate as far as new injuries, but were missing Percy Harvin and Jordan Hill.
Outlook: The Super Bowl between the Seahawks and Broncos should be pretty good. It’ll be the top defense against the top offense, so literally anything could happen. The game is February 2 at 6:30 PM ET on FOX.
As for the Niners, their immediate concern will be determining Bowman’s health. Beyond that, they figure to be a force in the very competitive NFC West for a long time to come.
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