With the win, Seattle clinched a playoff berth and will seek more in the final week of the season.
Seattle got out of the gate fast with Marshawn Lynch scoring a 24-yard rushing touchdown just over a minute into the game to give his team an early 7-0 lead. He followed that with another rushing score with less than five minutes left in the quarter to put the score at 14-0 Seattle after 15 minutes of play.
Red Bryant and Richard Sherman ensured that the second quarter wouldn't start any better for San Francisco. Bryant got his big mitt on a David Akers field-goal attempt, and Sherman returned it 90 yards for a stunning touchdown to give Seattle a 21-0 lead.
Akers was finally able to get the 49ers on the board with a field goal just a few minutes later, but Russell Wilson found Anthony McCoy for a short-yardage touchdown toss to put Seattle back in firm control.
After another Akers field goal, San Francisco trailed 28-6 at halftime.
To make matters worse, Vernon Davis was knocked out of the game with a concussion after this big hit from safety Kam Chancellor:
The second half didn't go any better for the 49ers, either. Not only did Mario Manningham join Davis among the injured Niners, but Seattle continued to run up the score.
Doug Baldwin caught a four-yard touchdown for the third quarter's lone touchdown and scored another at the 7:02 mark in the fourth quarter to put the Seahawks ahead 42-6.
Colin Kaepernick's play wasn't helping matters, but the Seahawks weren't going to be stopped by anyone Sunday night. The team is too confident, and CenturyLink Field's wild fans don't make things any easier on opponents.
Delanie Walker was finally able to score the 49ers' first touchdown with 1:40 left, but that didn't change much, settling the final score at 42-13 Seattle.
One thing is for sure: No one wants to see this Seahawks team right now. With the playoffs rapidly approaching, that could spell trouble for a few prospective teams.
Let's recap this one with some Twitter reaction and by naming a player of the game.
Sports Illustrated made a note of the atmosphere early on:
That's the second time Kaepernick had to call a timeout because of crowd noise. Small wonder #Seahawks are undefeated at home.— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 24, 2012
The Seattle Times reporter Danny O'Neil gave an interesting tidbit following Seattle's touchdown return off a blocked field goal in the first half:
NFL Live host Trey Wingo noticed Russell Wilson:
Every time I watch Russell Wilson I get more and more impressed. Total package— trey wingo (@wingoz) December 24, 2012
ESPN's Numbers Never Lie account dropped this scary fact at halftime:
In case you haven't watched the Seahawks last 2 1/2 games, they've outscored opponents 136-23.— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) December 24, 2012
ESPN Stats & Info showed everyone how special Richard Sherman's return really was:
Elias says that #Seahawks Richard Sherman's 90-yard blocked FG return for TD earlier tonight was 3rd-longest in NFL history— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 24, 2012
Former NFL player Ryan Riddle made a great point:
Justin Smith for team MVP!! from the time he went out of the NE game till now, 49ers are a totally different defense.— Ryan Riddle (@Ryan_Riddle) December 24, 2012
ESPN Stats & Info put Seattle's astounding scoring in pretty simple terms:
The Sacramento Bee reporter Matt Barrows put the 49ers loss in perspective:
If this score holds, it's the largest margin of defeat for the #49ers in the Harbaugh era.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) December 24, 2012
Player of the Game: Russell Wilson
I was tempted to put Sherman here, but it's time to give Wilson the respect that he deserves.
He finished 15-of-21 with 171 yards and four touchdowns on the night, versus one interception. He also scrambled for 29 yards, including this absurdly long six-yard run:
Wilson paced Seattle's offense with the poise of a 10-year NFL veteran. He may be undersized, but that doesn't speak to the tremendous heart with which he plays the game.
The Seahawks were 11-of-12 on third-down conversions and 4-of-4 in the red zone because of Wilson's precision. That's nothing to snub your nose at, especially when you consider the magnitude of this game and that he's a rookie.
The Seahawks will have a chance in the postseason because Wilson simply knows how to play the position. It's not always pretty, but he's extremely confident, and he has the trust of the players around him.
There were a lot of things to like about Seattle Sunday night, but Wilson stood out.
The Seahawks will host the St. Louis Rams in Week 17, while the 49ers end the regular season hosting the Arizona Cardinals.