SEATTLE — A late surge by the Seattle Seahawks wasn’t enough as the San Francisco 49ers won the game 26-21 – and the NFC West title.
As the clock wound down in the 4th quarter, Jacob Hollister was stopped by Dre Greenlaw on fourth-and-goal just inches short of the goal line. But it took a replay review and one final snap for San Francisco to finally celebrate its title.
Seattle took possession at its own 27 with 2:27 left down by five. Russell Wilson drove the Seahawks to the San Francisco 1 and on fourth-and-10, Wilson hit John Ursua for 11 yards to the 1. Wilson spiked the ball, but Seattle was called for delay of game on second down with confusion about whether Lynch should enter the game. Backed up to the 6, Wilson was incomplete on two straight passes.
On fourth-and-goal Hollister caught the underneath pass but was knocked down by Greenlaw. Replay confirmed Hollister hit the ground before the ball reached the goal line and San Francisco’s celebration was on.
Wilson was 25 of 30 for 233 yards. Lynch had 12 carries for 34 yards in his first game since October of last season.
Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 285 yards and Raheem Mostert ran for a pair of second-half touchdowns.
Seattle will get the 5th seed in the NFC and travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles. Kickoff is set for 1:40 p.m. PT on Sunday, Jan. 5.
Seattle beat the Eagles 17-9 at Philadelphia in late November.
San Francisco claimed its first division title since 2012 and wrapped up home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs by silencing a crowd that showed up looking for a division title and to celebrate the return of Marshawn Lynch.
Quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seahawks went into the half trailing by 13 points. Seattle put its first points on the board late in the 3rd quarter when Wilson connected with Tyler Lockett for a 14-yeard touchdown.
But the 49ers answered – and quick – driving right back down the field in just 2:21. Jimmy Garoppolo handed the ball to Raheem Mostert who ran for the 2-yard touchdown. SF went for the 2-point conversion, but Kendrick Bourne couldn’t make it into the end zone. Niners led the Hawks 19-14.
In the 4th quarter, Seattle’s momentum was building. A long drive culminated in a Marshawn Lynch touchdown as Beast Mode went soaring over the line for the score.
And, as you can imagine, the Seattle crowd went wild. Niners led the Hawks 19-14.
But again, San Francisco answered with a rushing touchdown by Mostert, extending their lead to 12 points.
DK Metcalf caught a 14-yard touchdown pass with 3:36 left in the game, bringing Seattle back within one score.
The Sunday night game in Seattle was the final NFL game to be played in the 2010s.
Seattle wide receiver Jaron Brown sustained a knee injury in the first quarter and was out for the game. Brown got hit low on the first series and never returned. Seattle was already thin at wide receiver with Malik Turner out due to a concussion.
Mychal Kendricks left in the third quarter with a right knee injury after losing Juszczyk on a 49-yard reception. Kendricks had been dealing with a hamstring injury for several weeks.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.