SEA­HAWKS HAND 49ERS 1ST LOSS

Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Cam In­man

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.

EZRA SHAW/GETTY IMAGES/TNS

Sea­hawks quar­ter­back Rus­sell Wil­son cel­e­brates a touch­down by run­ning back Chris Car­son in the third quar­ter against the 49ers on Mon­day in Santa Clara.

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