Before every game, the 49ers defense aims to hold its opponent to 17 points or less.
This wasn’t just any game. This game was against the Seattle Seahawks.
San Francisco bested its NFC West rival, 19-17, on the backs of its 11-man unit.
And it was
“If he wasn't ready, I think he got ready after that,” Bowman said. "The focus was on Russell Wilson, to keep him in the cage and stay in coverage. We did that today."
Wilson, who was 15-of-25 passing, didn’t crack the 200-yard passing mark (he finished with 199) for the fourth time this season. He also rushed for only two yards, the lowest single-game rushing total of his two-year career.
“We did a good job of containing him today,” safety
Beyond Wilson, San Francisco also stifled Marshawn Lynch averaged just 3.6 yards per carry – 72 yards on 20 attempts overall – although he did cross the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
The Seahawks entered Week 14 action with the NFL’s No. 3 rushing attack, averaging 4.4 yards per carry. They mustered 3.7 on Sunday.
"There's nothing magical about stopping the run," said defensive tackle
And it lasted until the end. The 49ers held a 19-17 lead when Wilson and Co. started their final possession with 21 seconds remaining. The first pass was thrown into San Francisco territory.
"My eyes got big," Bowman said. "We had two guys down there, so I was happy after that."
"I was just trying to keep everything in front of me," Wright said. "They needed a lot of yards and only had a little bit of time (21 seconds) to get them, so we weren't trying to give them anything cheap... I was able to collapse from outside in, from deep to short, on a ball that was thrown to come up and make the play."