In a see-saw battle featuring much hostility between division rivals and multiple lead changes, a field goal with two minutes remaining proved to be the difference.
Seattle entered the game rolling, with wins in five of their last six contests, and jumped out to an early lead on their home field. Marshawn Lynch ran hard and the passing attack was efficient as the Seahawks built a 10-3 halftime lead. They were beating the 49ers at their own game.
Then something happened that Niners fans have not seen in a while: Halftime adjustments were made and San Francisco quickly erased the deficit, building a lead of their own in the process.
The clash continued as the momentum, along with the lead, swung back and forth like a pendulum until K David Akers put the 49ers ahead for good on a 39-yard kick.
The win pushes their record to 12-3 and, most importantly, keeps the 49ers in the driver’s seat for the No. 2 seed in the NFC.
In a playoff-like atmosphere, the entire roster stepped up and beat a quality team that was fighting for a postseason appearance.
These three guys in particular really stood out in earning team MVPs: