Wil­son-led Sea­hawks crush 49ers

The Tribune (SLO) - - Sports - BY TIM BOOTH

Rus­sell Wil­son threw three first-half touch­downs on just four com­ple­tions and fin­ished with four TD passes. Bobby Wag­ner capped a blowout with a 98-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn touch­down, and the Seat­tle Sea­hawks won their third straight by beat­ing the San Fran­cisco 49ers 43-16 on Sun­day.

Seat­tle ( 7-5) stayed in the mid­dle of the NFC play­off race by jump­ing to a 20-0 lead and cruis­ing to its ninth straight vic­tory over its NFC West foe. But it won’t win the divi­sion be­cause the Rams clinched it ear­lier in the day with a win at Detroit.

Wil­son wasn’t asked to do much in the first half, but the lit­tle he did found the end zone. He hit Jaron Brown on a 4-yard TD pass in the first quar­ter, found Tyler Lock­ett for a 52yard score and con­nected with

Doug Bald­win on a 1yarder. Ac­cord­ing to Spor­tradar, Wil­son throw­ing three touch­downs on four com­ple­tions made for the fewest TDs/com­ple­tions in a first half dat­ing to 1991. The pre­vi­ous low was six.

Rashaad Penny added a 20-yard run on the first of­fen­sive play of the sec­ond half fol­low­ing an 84-yard kick­off re­turn by Lock­ett for a 27-3 lead.

Most of the at­ten­tion cen­tered on Richard Sher­man’s first game back in Seat­tle af­ter spend­ing his first seven sea­sons with the Sea­hawks be­fore be­ing re­leased and sign­ing with the 49ers (2-10) last March. He greeted for­mer team­mates dur­ing pregame warmups – even giv­ing a brief hand­shake and hug to Wil­son – and then had a mostly un­event­ful re­turn. Early in the third quar­ter Wil­son hit Bald­win on a short route and Sher­man’s close friend shook off the tackle at­tempt and raced 21 yards for a first down.

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