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Morning Tailgate: Anthony Dixon's Last Leap

Posted Jan 20, 2014

The 49ers running back relived his key touchdown jump on Sunday, explaining one of the bright spots of the team's loss in Seattle.

More than once on Sunday night in Seattle, it appeared the 49ers were going to end up on top.

This was never more true than during reserve running back Anthony Dixon's one-yard touchdown "run," which gave San Francisco a 10-0 lead with 10-plus minutes left in the second quarter of its eventual 23-17 defeat to the NFC Champion Seahawks.

In a way, Dixon scored twice on the series. His first leaping effort, on 3rd-and-goal from the one-yard line, was ruled a touchdown on the field before it was reversed via replay.

Dixon came to the sideline while the third-down play was being reviewed; he heard Jim Harbaugh say, "I'm glad somebody went over the top."

"He called (the same play) again. I said, 'I'm going over the top again," Dixon said. "The first one was a warmup. The second one I knew I had to get it in, jump as high as I (could)."

Dixon, a pending free agent, was asked whether he or Ahmad Brooks, who leaped over the line of scrimmage in the divisional playoff game at Carolina, had more hops.

"We have been on the (basketball) court," Dixon said. "He might say different, but I think it's me."

For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links, presented by State Farm.

Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News noted the silence in San Francisco’s locker room.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com considered a handful of the game’s storylines in context.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee wrote out his report card postgame.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com relayed the comments of Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com quoted Colin Kaepernick about the game Sunday night.