Final

Seahawks 27

(8-2, 3-2 away)

49ers 25

(2-8, 2-4 home)

4:05 PM ET, November 20, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
SEA 3 14 10 027
SF 3 6 3 1325

Top Performers

Passing: K. Dorsey (SF) - 249 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: S. Alexander (SEA) - 24 CAR, 115 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: B. Lloyd (SF) - 7 REC, 119 YDS, 1 TD

Seattle escapes San Franscisco with 2-point win

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Collapses have long been commonplace for the Seattle Seahawks, and this one was shaping up as a shameful classic. They were one pass away from blowing a 15-point lead and going to overtime after failing to stop the backups on one of the NFL's worst teams.

But these Seahawks believe they can change their flop-filled history. And when Ken Dorsey's final pass bounced in the end zone, Seattle changed, all right -- into the conference's winningest team.

Shaun Alexander rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns, and the Seahawks stopped the 49ers' 2-point conversion attempt with 28 seconds left in their sixth straight victory, 27-25 on Sunday.

After the color returned to their faces, the Seahawks (8-2) realized they matched the best start in franchise history, also accomplished in 1999 and 1984 -- the last time the Seahawks won a playoff game. The '99 team was a more typical Seattle squad, losing five of its last six in coach Mike Holmgren's first season.

"In the past, we might have let this one slip away, but this is a different team and a different season," Holmgren said. "You have to win a game like this. It was important for us to win a game like this. You go in and everyone is talking about it all week -- what a lopsided game it could be -- because the players and the coaches are human beings."

Matt Hasselbeck was 19-of-31 for 233 yards and a TD pass to D.J. Hackett as the league's most prolific offense dominated the first three quarters, racking up 357 yards. But Seattle stalled in the fourth quarter, managing just 16 yards and no first downs while awakening those memories of embarrassing midseason losses.

And with coordinator Ray Rhodes back home in Seattle after his second stroke-like episode this season, the Seahawks' defense nearly blew a victory that put them alone atop the NFC after Carolina's loss to Chicago.

But the defense barely held, the offense still had good numbers -- and the Seahawks tried to get used to getting the breaks.

"My brother used to always tell me that when you are really doing good, you start to make things that are great, normal," said Alexander, who leads the NFL with 1,229 yards rushing. "That's what I'm trying to do, and our team is trying to do that, too. We are trying to make winning normal. We are trying to make 100-yard games normal ... because after that, the sky is the limit."

The 49ers (2-8), whose offense has been terrible all season, staged an improbable rally around Dorsey, who passed for 249 yards in his second start of the season. After snapping a streak of 47 consecutive possessions without a touchdown earlier in the fourth quarter, San Francisco made a last-ditch, 13-play scoring drive.

Dorsey was 6-of-8 for 77 yards in the series, and Jason McAddley went 29 yards on his first reception of the season. Third-string running back Maurice Hicks finished it with a 1-yard dive, stretching over the goal line.

But on the 2-point conversion attempt, Dorsey bounced a tough throw to Johnnie Morton in the back of the end zone. Marquand Manuel recovered the onside kick, and the Seahawks kneeled on their fifth straight victory over San Francisco.

"It's deflating. You can't say anything more," Dorsey said. "We fought so hard to get back. The guys did such a great job fighting to get back, and to fall short like that hurts."

Brandon Lloyd had seven catches for 119 yards for the 49ers (2-8), who lost for the eighth time in nine games despite their offense's most encouraging performance since the season opener.

San Francisco kept it close throughout, pulling within 27-19 early in the fourth on Lloyd's 22-yard touchdown catch -- the Niners' first TD at home in 16 quarters.

"We grew up a lot," Lloyd said. "We're going to measure our progress based on how we play next week (at Tennessee). We're maturing in practice, and it was nice to see it on the field."

Dorsey was solid and even exciting, going 18-of-29 without an interception after the 49ers' fourth starting quarterback change in six games. Dorsey replaced Cody Pickett, who completed just one pass in last week's loss at Chicago.

Game notes


At halftime, the 49ers presented the Hall of Fame ring to Steve Young, the two-time MVP who led them to a championship after the 1994 season. ... Hicks rushed for 83 yards in his first playing time at RB this season in place of injured Kevan Barlow (concussion) and rookie Frank Gore (groin/hip). ... Joe Nedney added four more field goals for the Niners, giving him 14 in the last four games. Josh Brown kicked two for Seattle.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SEA
SF
1st Downs2117
Passing 1st downs
1013
Rushing 1st downs
103
1st downs from penalties
11
3rd down efficiency
5-155-13
4th down efficiency
1-10-0
Total Plays6659
Total Yards373336
Yards per play5.75.7
Total Drives1312
Passing228226
Comp-Att
19-3118-29
Yards per pass
7.16.8
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-54-23
Rushing145110
Rushing Attempts
3426
Yards per rush
4.34.2
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-40-5
Penalties5-756-34
Turnovers01
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession28:2031:40

Passing Leaders

SEAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Hasselbeck19/312337.5101-5
SFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Dorsey18/292498.6104-23

Rushing Leaders

SEACARYDSAVGTDLG
Alexander241154.8240
Morris2178.5012
SFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hicks11837.5150
Barlow12211.807

Receiving Leaders

SEARECYDSAVGTDLG
Engram69315.5028
Hackett66711.2116
SFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lloyd711917.0144
McAddley12929.0029

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSEASF
seaFG10:08Josh Brown 13 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 77 yds, 4:52
30
sfFG4:03Joe Nedney 25 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 55 yds, 5:55
33
SECOND QUARTERSEASF
seaTD13:15Shaun Alexander, 8 yd run (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 50 yds, 12:59
103
sfFG10:19Joe Nedney 23 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 50 yds, 2:43
106
seaTD6:33D.J. Hackett, 12 yd pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 78 yds, 3:28
176
sfFG2:04Joe Nedney 32 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 40 yds, 4:18
179
THIRD QUARTERSEASF
sfFG6:36Joe Nedney 15 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 54 yds, 2:15
1712
seaTD3:55Shaun Alexander, 1 yd run (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 73 yds, 2:22
2412
seaFG2:30Josh Brown 39 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 2 yds, 1:11
2712
FOURTH QUARTERSEASF
sfTD14:24Brandon Lloyd, 22 yd pass from Ken Dorsey (Joe Nedney kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 71 yds, 12:07
2719
sfTD0:30Maurice Hicks, 1 yd run
Drive info: 13 plays, 75 yds, 5:37
2725