The Seahawks will still probably earn the NFC West title and the conference’s No. 1 seed, but they won’t lay claim to complete ownership of the 49ers entering the postseason. After being bullied by their rivals in their last two meetings, the 49ers pushed back Sunday in a 19-17 win over Seattle at Candlestick Park that was capped by Phil Dawson’s 22-yard field goal with 26 seconds left. The victory moved San Francisco (9-4) within two games of Seattle (11-2) with three games left to play, meaning they are still longshots to win a third straight division title. But the victory certainly did wonders for their psyche if, as many expect, their playoff road includes a stop in Seattle, where they’ve been outscored 71-16 in their previous two meetings. Seattle took a 17-16 lead on Steven Hauschka’s field goal with 6:25 left, which set the stage for running back Frank Gore’s heroics on San Francisco’s game-winning drive. On first down from San Francisco’s 31-yard line, Gore broke free for a 51-yard run, his longest of the season, with just over four minutes left. Less than a minute later, quarterback Colin Kaepernick converted a 3rd-and-7 with an eight-yard sweep around left end on a designed run and Dawson soon followed with his 20th consecutive field goal. Gore, who had been limited to 121 yards and 3.0 yards a carry in his previous three games, had 110 yards on 17 carries. Kaepernick completed 15 of 29 passes for 175 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Meanwhile, the defense limited Seattle to three points, five first downs and 83 yards in the second half.
San Francisco tops Seattle 19-17 on Dawson’s late field goal
San Francisco Chronicle | Dec 9