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Niners shut out for first time since 1977

SEATTLE (AP) -- Rashad Moore, Ken Lucas and Ken Hamlin weren't
even born the last time the San Francisco 49ers failed to score.

Cedric Woodard and Chike Okeafor were in diapers.

Those playmakers and other stars from the Seattle defense -- it's
a long list -- ended San Francisco's NFL record streak of scoring in
420 regular season as the Seahawks won 34-0 on Sunday.

"At halftime, we came in and talked about it," Woodard said.
"We had a chance to stop them, and they hadn't been shut out since
the '70s. It sure was nice to be in that position. It was even
better to go out and do it."

It was the first time San Francisco failed to score since a 7-0
loss to Atlanta at Candlestick Park on Oct. 9, 1977, breaking its
league record spanning 420 regular season and 36 playoff games.

"I probably had some friends here, but they all probably left
in the third quarter," said 49ers coach Dennis Erickson, who grew
up in Everett, Wash. "I'm embarrassed about the whole game."

Matt Hasselbeck threw for 254 yards with two touchdowns, Shaun
Alexander scored three TDs and Seattle's defense was magnificent.

Seattle (3-0), which has allowed only 13 points in its first
three games, simply shut down the 49ers (0-3). Second-year
quarterback Ken Dorsey was 19-of-32 for 153 yards with two
interceptions and San Francisco had only 48 yards rushing.

"We try to make plays every time," Hamlin said. "Everyone is
getting to the ball and good things happen when you go to the
ball."

When the 49ers finally threatened midway through the fourth
quarter, Hamlin made an interception in the end zone after Dorsey
threw into double coverage.

"This is a tough league and you have difficult times," Dorsey
said. "I need to learn from it and move on."

Later in the fourth, San Francisco drove to the Seattle 32.
Okeafor sacked Dorsey to force another fumble and Moore scrambled
to cover the loose ball, sealing the shutout.

"It doesn't matter who gets the game ball," Moore said. "It
was a day where you feel you're left out if you're not the guy
making plays. All the D-tackles had big plays, so I had to go and
make one, too."

The Seattle offense looked better after sputtering last week at
Tampa Bay. Hasselbeck, who was 21-of-30, threw a 3-yard TD pass to
Alexander in the first quarter and added a 1-yard TD pass in the
third to Itula Mili.

Alexander didn't have a huge day rushing, gaining 52 yards on 19
carries. But as usual, he was hard to keep out of the end zone,
scoring on two 1-yard runs along with his TD pass from Hasselbeck.

"You definitely feel better, putting that many points up,"
guard Chris Gray said. "Really, to put up that many points against
any team in the NFL is quite an achievement."

After wins on two long trips to New Orleans and Tampa Bay, the
Seahawks kept rolling at home. They went 8-0 last season in Seattle
and have won 10 straight at home going back to 2002.

Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren, an assistant on San Francisco's
standout teams of the 1980s, noted that Seattle defensive
coordinator Ray Rhodes, line coach Dwaine Board and linebackers
coach John Marshall worked together on San Francisco's last Super
Bowl championship squad in 1994.

"The 49ers are a proud organization," Holmgren said. "Getting
a shutout is hard to do."

The defense set the tone, with a first-quarter interception by
Lucas setting up a field goal. Then came a hat trick by Woodard -- a
sack, a forced fumble and recovery on one play -- leading to 10 easy
points.

"I've never even had a sack before," Woodard said. "If you're
going to have one, that's the way to get it started."

Four plays later, the Seahawks led 17-0 after Hasselbeck hit
Alexander for the 3-yard TD pass. Seattle had a big early lead,
despite holding the ball for only 5:34 of the first 15 minutes.

The closest the 49ers came to scoring was a 46-yard field goal
attempt by former Seahawks kicker Todd Peterson in the second
quarter. It was short, and the ball bounced harmlessly off the
crossbar.

Game notes
Former Seahawks QB Dave Krieg was inducted into the team's
Ring of Honor during a halftime ceremony. ... San Francisco WR
Brandon Lloyd (groin) and DT Andre Carter (back) were inactive. ...
Seattle FB Mack Strong didn't return after spraining his right knee
in the first quarter. ... Seahawks backup LB Tracy White sustained
a concussion on first-quarter kickoff coverage. ... The crowd of
66,709 was a record for a home game at three-year-old Qwest Field.

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