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Morning Tailgate: Eric Wright's Pick to Remember

Posted Dec 9, 2013

The San Francisco native's first interception as a member of his hometown team sealed a win against a fierce rival.

There was only one turnover on Sunday afternoon, and it went to the man who very likely wanted it the most.

Cornerback Eric Wright, a San Francisco native playing his fourth game for his hometown team, hauled in a last-minute interception to seal the 49ers 19-17 victory over the visiting Seattle Seahawks.

“The scene and the situation,” said Wright, who has ‘415’ tattooed across his chest, “couldn’t have been any better.”

Wright’s first pick in the red and gold is the 15th of his career.

There was a chance he wouldn’t have even been in the game when Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson heaved a deep ball with 21 seconds left. Wright left the game in the third quarter with a potential head injury; he was struck in the helmet by an opponent’s knee.

“He was talking well right when we first got out there,” Jim Harbaugh said of the training staff, which initially pegged Wright’s return as ‘questionable.’

Wright was ready to go.

“It was important for us to be mentally and tough physically throughout this whole game,” Wright said. “That’s what it takes to beat a team like Seattle.

“Throughout the course of the game you can get dinged up a little bit, get shaken up, you fight through it and continue to build your role and help the team out. That’s all I was trying to do.”

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

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle focused on Justin Smith-provided inspiration.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com called this one a statement win in a playoff-like atmosphere.

Steve Corkran the San Jose Mercury News quoted Phil Dawson on his field-goal streak.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com looked ahead to a potential January rematch.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com credited the play-calling of Greg Roman.

Austin Murphy of SI.com wrote that the 49ers offense remains a work-in-progress.





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