After this Sunday afternoon, that much is assured.
San Francisco kicker
With the win, its fifth straight against Seattle (11-2, 3-1) in games played at Candlestick Park, San Francisco (9-4, 4-1) guaranteed a third straight winning season for the first time since 1998. The 49ers also delayed the Seahawks likely clinching of their division, plus a first-round bye in the postseason.
The Seahawks, which hosted and beat San Francisco handily, 29-3, in Week 2 action, got another strong performance from quarterback Russell Wilson, who was picked off by
The 49ers first-half offense centered around Dawson. The 15th-year kicker executed field goals from 23 yards, 48 yards and 52 yards.
The second successful three-point try was set up by
Speaking of records, Dawson set a franchise mark by connecting on a 19th straight field goal. The 20th would come later.
The Seahawks punted away their first three possessions before an 80-yard drive that extended into the second quarter. After Wilson connected with tight end Zach Miller (29 yards) and wideout Golden Tate (24), running back Marshawn Lynch scored the game’s first touchdown from 11 yards out.
Lynch crossed the 1,000-yard mark for the season on the previous play, a six-yard run.
Seattle ended a second straight possession with a touchdown on Wilson’s 39-yard toss to No. 2 tight end Luke Willson.
Davis, who hauled in his 50th career score in Week 13, has now recorded a touchdown in four straight games and has caught 11 of the 16 Kaepernick has thrown this season.
Kaepernick threw his fourth interception against Seattle this season on the 49ers second drive of the third quarter. After an 18-yard toss to tight end Vernon Davis put the offense on the edge of the red zone, Kaepernick was picked off by cornerback Byron Maxwell while looking for
After a scoreless third quarter, the Seahawks took the lead thanks to a short field midway through the fourth. Tate gave the offense the ball at the 49ers 27-yard line following his 38-yard punt return.
Seven plays later, Steven Hauschka nailed a 31-yard field goal to give Seattle a 17-6 advantage with 6:20 showing on the scoreboard clock.
On 3rd-and-7 from the 15, Kaepernick ran left to set up 1st-and-goal at the seven-yard line. Dawson would finish the 11-play, 76-yard drive with a clutch three-pointer.
Kaepernick finished 15-of-29 passing for 175 yards and the touchdown.