SEAHAWKS HAND 49ERS 1ST LOSS
Seahawks 27, 49ers 24
SANTA CLARA — Levi’s Stadium has never had a bigger, louder and crazier game in its 5 1/2-year history, and losing Monday night’s zany affair will go down as the 49ers’ most painful loss.
Gone went starter after starter to injury. Gone went an early, 10-0 lead. Gone went the football, on appalling strip sacks and off receivers’ hands. Gone wide left went a potential winning field goal attempt in overtime.
The 49ers’ undefeated record is gone.
The division rival Seattle Seahawks won 27-24 on Jason Myers’ 42-yard field goal as the overtime clock expired.
Delaying that defeat was rookie linebacker Dre Greenlaw’s interception at the 4-yard line in overtime. That gave the 49ers (8-1) the ball one last time to either deliver winning points or more miserable mistakes. Jimmy Garoppolo and a worndown, emotionally exhausted unit got the ball close enough for fill-in kicker Chase McLaughlin to try a 47-yard field goal.
McLaughlin, who made from that same attempt to force overtime, missed the potential winner with 3:06 remaining.
Earlier, the Seahawks seized on 49ers turnovers and converted three into touchdowns, giving the 49ers an 11-point deficit with 1:42 until the fourth quarter. Even though the 49ers rallied to tie things with 6:21 remaining, the Seahawks used Myers’ 46-yard field goal at 1:49 to retake the lead.
The 49ers’ ensuing, do-or-die drive saw the Seahwks K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner drop potential interceptions.
The 49ers’ improbable, fourth-quarter rally took off with one of the most bizarre touchdowns in 49ers history. As blitzing nickel back K’Waun Williams sacked Russell Wilson, Seahawks offensive tackle Germain Ifedi stripped the ball from Wilson, only to fumble it when hit by linebacker Fred
Warner and defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, the latter scooping it up and returning it 12 yards for a touchdown.
Garoppolo’s ensuing twopoint conversion pass to Kendrick Bourne pulled the 49ers within 21-18, with 12:01 to go.
Hurt in the carnage were wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (ribs), nose tackle D.J. Jones (groin), linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair (concussion), running back Matt Breida (ankle), defensive end Ronald Blair (knee) and center Weston Richburg (hand).
All that made the 49ers even more short-handed as they played without tight end George Kittle (knee, ankle) for the first time in 31 games, as well as kicker Robbie Gould (quadriceps) and linebacker Kwon Alexander (pectoral; injured reserve).
The 49ers saw their shutout bid end when Jadeveon Clowney scored off Jarran Reed’s strip sack of Garoppolo (12-of-20, 140 yards) with 2:51 left in the half. Seattle closed in on its second touchdown until Tartt came back into the field of play and stripped DK Metcalf at the 2, rescuing 1:02 before halftime. STUDS
K Chase McLaughlin: OK, so he missed a 47-yarder that could have won it in overtime, but remember that there wouldn’t have been OT if not for the 47-yarder he did make with
one second left in regulation. Filling in for an injured Robbie Gould, McLaughlin made his initial three field-goal attempts, starting with a 43-yarder on his first attempt to cap a long opening drive (13 plays, 6 1/2 minutes).
LB Fred Warner: He got credited for forcing the fumble that Buckner recovered for a fourth-quarter touchdown. Warner also delivered the first two sacks of his career. His career sack was a beauty, blasting through on third down for a 9-yard loss in the second quarter. Playing without Kwon Alexander next to him, Warner earlier showed his range and power.
WR Deebo Sanders: The 49ers’ largest, most vocal crowd yet at Levi’s Stadium celebrated
Sanders’ 30-yard, second-series reception by chanting, “Dee-bo! Dee-bo!” More was to come. A 24-yard, fourth-quarter reception set up a tying field goal, and an 8-yard reception before another field goal at the end of regulation gave him eight catches for 112 yards.
CB K’Waun Williams: His fourth-quarter sack on Wilson sparked the 49ers’ comeback, and he forced a pair of fumbles. One fumble came after he knifed into the backfield to strip Chris Carson of the second half ’s opening possession, and Buckner recovered.
DT DeForest Buckner: His two fumble recoveries kept alive the 49ers’ hopes, and his first career touchdown sure was timely.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson celebrates a touchdown by running back Chris Carson in the third quarter against the 49ers on Monday in Santa Clara.