Game grades, analysis from 49ers division-clinching win over Seahawks
The 49ers walked out of Seattle as NFC West Champions with a 21-13 victory over the Seahawks. Here are the grades from the tough win.
The San Francisco 49ers were at a crossroads this season: a 3-4 record with a scuffling offense and a just-acquired running back in Christian McCaffrey.
Their plan for the season, to develop quarterback Trey Lance while still winning games, was already shattered. But at that point, things began to change, and the hot streak that has now included seven consecutive wins continued with a 21-13 victory over the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on Thursday Night Football in Week 15, clinching the NFC West.
This is only the second time under head coach Kyle Shanahan the Niners have won in Seattle, and the second time they’ve won the division.
With Brock Purdy under center, San Francisco’s offense was able to move down the field, but getting points was hard to come by until a brilliant play design by Shanahan got tight end George Kittle a wide-open touchdown:
Then, the game continued to stagnate until linebacker Dre Greenlaw, with less than a minute to go in the first half, forced a fumble and allowed the 49ers to subsequently punch it in with McCaffrey to take a 14-3 lead heading into the half:
The 49ers doubled up out of the half with a wide-open touchdown to Kittle, and from there, it was time to hold on until the game was over.
They did just enough to walk out with a win and the division, and here are the grades from the contest.