A win! That was the end result of the second game of the season for the Niners as they defeated the division-rival Seahawks 33-30 on a 40-yard kick from Joe Nedney in overtime.
In a game marked by two defensive touchdowns, one for each team, and a combined 716 total offensive yards from two suspect offenses, the Niners managed to even their season record to 1-1. The Seahawks fell into an 0-2 hole as they saw another division rival, the Arizona Cardinals, jump to 2-0 in their win against the Dolphins.
The game’s first score came with a Julius Jones 27-yard rush for a touchdown to put Seattle up 7-0 just six minutes into the game. Seattle went up 14-0 after a blooper-reel play in which Niners running back Frank Gore fumbled the ball away to Seattle, resulting in a series of players obtaining and fumbling or dropping the ball until Seattle defensive tackle Craig Terrill caught the bouncing ball in stride and returned it 10 yards into the endzone.
Seattle was up 20-13 when 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis intercepted a Matt Hasselbeck pass and chugged 86 yards for the score, evening a game which would be tied two more times, at 27-27 and 30-30.
Niners kicker Joe Nedney would become the hero, choke artist and hero again in the final minutes. Nedney evened the score at 30-30 with a 28-yard field goal with 2:42 left in play. The Niners received the ball again with 1:09 left and two O’Sullivan pass completions for 26 yards put the Niners in field goal range as the fourth quarter neared completion. Nedney missed a 41-yarder, though, sending the game into overtime.
The Niners received the ball at kickoff and marched 56 yards, setting up Nedney from 40 yards out for the win, which he delivered with his fourth field goal of the day.
O’Sullivan was efficient again on Sunday, completing 20 passes in 32 attempts for 321 yards and one touchdown. Most importantly, O’Sullivan didn’t turn over the ball, despite fumbling once.
Isaac Bruce, coming of a season-opening game in which he didn’t so much as have a pass directed his way, caught four passes for 153 yards, including a 63-yarder in the second quarter that set up a O’Sullivan to Bryant Johnson touchdown pass.
Frank Gore ran for 61 yards on 19 carries and a run to paydirt with another 38 yards collected on five receptions.
The Niners showed an explosive passing game with 272 yards on just 20 completions for an outstanding 13.6 yard-per-completion average. They controlled the ball for about 34 and a half minutes, over four minutes longer than the Seahawks.
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