Aldon Smith, San Francisco 49ers Score a Big Win over the Seattle Seahawks

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Aldon Smith, San Francisco 49ers Score a Big Win over the Seattle Seahawks
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Eric Wright celebrates with the game-sealing interception.

In what is very likely to be the last big game at Candlestick Park, the San Francisco 49ers got a modicum of revenge for their Week 2 loss by defeating the Seattle Seahawks 19-17, thanks to some cunning clock management at the back ends of both halves. 

At the end of the first half, they drove down the length of the field to score a Vernon Davis touchdown with only six seconds left on the clock, preventing Seattle from having time to launch a counter-attack before halftime.

At the end of the second half, they drained all of Seattle’s timeouts and most of the clock, kicking the go-ahead field goal with only 26 seconds left, leaving Seattle too little time to come from behind.

While the win has some significance when it comes to the division race—it would still take a minor miracle for the 49ers to catch the Seahawks from behind to claim the NFC West—it provided much-needed breathing room in the Wild Card hunt, kept San Francisco with a clear path for the No. 5 seed and perhaps most importantly, gave the 49ers their first win over a likely playoff-bound team this year.

The confidence boost—knowing they can beat Seattle—is important psychologically going into the final playoff push.

Click "Begin Slideshow" to find out who had a good day, and who had a bad day, in San Francisco's most important win of the season so far.

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