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This Day in The Bay: Patrick Willis' First Career Interception


September 14, 2008

On this day, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis recorded his first career interception at an opportune moment.

The Seattle Seahawks held a 20-13 advantage over the 49ers at Qwest Field and threatened to score again after driving to the 49ers 24 yard line in the third quarter. Instead, Willis nabbed quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's pass and returned it 86 yards to score, the longest interception return by a linebacker in 49ers history. Willis' pick-six was a dramatic game changer. Rather than allowing Seattle to take a two-score lead, the touchdown tied the game at 20-20. Joe Nedney's 40-yard field goal in overtime gave San Francisco a 33-30 win.

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