8:00 PM ET, December 14, 2006
CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
SEATTLE (AP) -- The setting was perfect for Alex Smith to fail: His team was trailing, it was cold and wet, and the crowd expected another Seahawks' division title.Instead, with crisp, confident passes and nimble running, Smith put together the best 15 minutes of his young career.
Alex Smith engineered the fourth-quarter comeback with two touchdown passes and an 18-yard TD run. Only two other players in NFL history threw at least two TD passes in one quarter, while also running for a TD of at least 15 yards in that same quarter. Phil Simms did that as a rookie for the 1979 Giants (against the 49ers) and Kordell Stewart did it for the Steelers in 1997 (against the Ravens).
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|Running back Shaun Alexander looked average and the Seahawks' passing game could not get going. Once again, poor tackling really hurt Seattle's defense and allowed the 49ers to convert many short-yardage plays to help keep the chains and clock moving. Early in the game, the 49ers could not take advantage of good field position or mistakes by the Seahawks, but got into a comfortable offensive rhythm in the fourth quarter. RB Frank Gore was effective and ran with power. The 49ers used their rushing attack late to control the clock and put the Seahawks in a situation where they were forced away form their game plane in an attempt to play catch up .|
San Francisco lost C Eric Heitmann to a broken right leg in the first quarter. Tony Wragge took his place. ... A heavy rainstorm moved in shortly before kickoff leaving standing water on the field and momentarily knocking out power to the video screens in the stadium. The worst of the storm subsided during the game.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.2||4.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||3-4||1-2|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||2:24||Shaun Alexander, 3 yd run (Josh Brown kick is good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 44 yds, 2:09
|FG||0:08||Joe Nedney 39 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 12 plays, 59 yds, 4:30
|TD||11:29||Vernon Davis, 8 yd pass from Alex Smith (Joe Nedney kick is good)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 90 yds, 5:26
|TD||4:09||Frank Gore, 20 yd pass from Alex Smith (Joe Nedney kick is good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 73 yds, 5:36
|TD||1:49||Alex Smith, 18 yd run (Joe Nedney kick is good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 86 yds, 1:45
|TD||0:18||Jerramy Stevens, 22 yd pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown kick is good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 51 yds, 1:33