4:15 PM ET, December 1, 2002
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers are one win away from reclaiming the NFC West, though you couldn't see it in their somber faces after they nearly let another victory slip away.
I think they're underachieving on defense. On offense, they've invested a lot in some guys who aren't ready to carry the team. There are questions at quarterback, and I'm not sure Alexander is the type of running back who's physical enough to get the job done in between the guards. A West Coast offense also needs a tight end who can produce in between the hash marks.
Question on the 49ers: Do you think they're capable of establishing some consistency heading into the playoffs?
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
Hearst was the first San Francisco running back to score three touchdowns in a game since Ricky Watters in 1992. ... Seattle unsuccessfully challenged Jackson's key fumble. When referee Tom White explained the call to Jackson, the receiver turned and spiked his helmet on the ground. ... In the third quarter, Niners safety Tony Parrish deflected a pass into the air to himself and returned the interception inside the 5 to set up Hearst's second TD.