49ers vs. Seahawks: Live Score, Video and Analysis

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IDecember 24, 2011

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 12:  Fans of the Seattle Seahawks cheer during the NFL season opener against the San Francisco 49ers at Qwest Field on September 12, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 31-6. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers faced a stiff test against the Seattle Seahawks on the road. They passed the test, though at a cost yet undetermined, winning 19-17.

Both Kyle Williams and Delanie Walker left the game on plays that looked worse than they actually were, but the status of both players isn't yet known.

The Seahawks are a team that will surely challenge the 49ers next year, and the they performed admirably in the tough loss.

Marshawn Lynch was the star of the game in a losing effort. His tough running broke both of the 49ers defensive streaks as he ran for 107 yards and one touchdown. 

I was extremely impressed by what I saw from the Seahawks offense against the 49ers defense. Tavaris Jackson was in synch with his receivers most of the afternoon, and the offensive line was bullying the 49ers front seven the majority of the time.

The Seahawks defense also impressed me with their ability to continually cover the 49ers receivers like a blanket. 

The 49ers showed incredible fortitude coming away with this win. Alex Smith, though not overwhelming on the stat sheet, once again showed why he has been able to lead his team to a record of 13-3. His ball security and good decision-making was crucial to the 49ers win.

Frank Gore was a workhorse for the 49ers, as usual, carrying the ball 23 times for 83 yards and one touchdown.

Larry Grant continued to shine in the absence of Patrick Willis, sacking Tavaris Jackson and causing a fumble to seal the game. Speaking of sacks, Aldon Smith added to his impressive total when he sacked Jackson in the third quarter, bringing his season total up to 14.

All in all, this was a huge win for the 49ers because it allowed them to continue to control their own destiny. Even if the Saints win both of their last two games, the 49ers claim the two seed if they win at St. Louis.

Thanks for following this special Christmas eve addition of NFL football. I hope you enjoyed yourself as you followed along, and I wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a happy New Year!