Dawson’s leg lifts San Francisco over Seattle

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Updated: December 8, 2013

San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Frank Gore’s 51-yard run set up Phil
Dawson’s fourth field goal of the game, a 22-yarder with 26 seconds left that
lifted the San Francisco 49ers over the Seattle Seahawks 19-17 on Sunday.

The 49ers (9-4) pulled within two games of Seattle (11-2) in the NFC West and
kept the already playoff-bound Seahawks from clinching the division title in a
game both teams described as hard-fought.

“It was one of those really cool kind of matchups — close, and where one play
can make a difference,” said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. “They came through
and figured out a way to win.”

Gore’s run started to the left, but he cut back through the middle, slipping
through would-be tacklers Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas and taking it to the
right sideline before going down without being tackled.

Though he looked like he may have tweaked something, Gore returned for four
more carries. Colin Kaepernick scrambled left to pick up a first down on 3rd-
and-7 and the 49ers trimmed as much time as they could off the clock before
Dawson split the uprights.

San Francisco cornerback Eric Wright intercepted Russell Wilson on a deep ball
on Seattle’s next play to seal the 49ers’ third straight win.

“We still have a lot to learn, but that’s a good thing. Beating a team like
Seattle and still not playing our best game, that’s great,” said Gore. “We
knew it was going to be a tough game. We both know each other and I’m happy we
got the job done.”

Kaepernick threw for 175 yards with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis
and an interception, and Gore ran for 110 yards on 17 carries.

Seattle had its seven-game winning streak snapped, losing for the first time
since falling on the road to the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 6. The Seahawks
had already locked up a playoff berth with Monday’s 34-7 home win over the New
Orleans Saints.

Wilson threw for 199 yards and a touchdown and Marshawn Lynch rushed for 72
yards with an 11-yard touchdown run.

Seattle cornerback Byron Maxwell intercepted a pass intended for Michael
Crabtree near the goal line late in the third quarter, keeping the 49ers from
extending their 16-14 lead, but his first career pick only led to a punt.

The teams traded punts until Golden Tate’s 38-yard return set the Seahawks up
for Steven Hauschka’s 31-yard field goal, which he kicked just inside the left
upright with 6:20 remaining to give Seattle a 17-16 lead.

Earlier, Dawson kicked field goals of 23 and 48 yards in the first quarter,
the second one set up by Kassim Osgood’s blocked punt. The Seahawks went 80
yards on the ensuing drive and Lynch scored on an 11-yard run for a 7-6 lead.

Dawson split the uprights from 52 yards midway through the second quarter. The
Seahawks went up 14-9 on Luke Wilson’s first NFL touchdown, a 39-yard catch
with 3:47 remaining in the first half, but Davis’ 8-yard touchdown reception
with six seconds left in the half gave the 49ers a 16-14 lead going into the
break.

“All points on the board today were big,” said 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. “It
was a tight game. They made a lot of plays, we made plays. It was one of those
type ballgames.”

Game Notes

The Seahawks are on the road against the New York Giants next week and the
49ers are at Tampa Bay vs. the Buccaneers … The Seahawks are chasing their
second division title in four years. The 49ers have won the last two.