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Seahawks vs. 49ers: Declined safety caps off San Francisco win

The San Francisco 49ers won a slug-fest with the Seattle Seahawks, but not with one of the strangest moments of the season ending the game.

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Jim Harbaugh makes mockery of point spread in win

The San Francisco 49ers survived an ugly Thursday night contest against the Seattle Seahawks, but the biggest moment of the Niners' 13-6 win came on a meaningless decision when San Francisco had effectively clinched the victory. Anyone who bet the 7.5-point spread for the game knows exactly what went down.

With the 49ers already leading 13-6, and less than a minute to play, Russell Wilson dropped back into his own end zone and fired a pass to Ben Obomanu that failed to bring enough yardage to convert the 4th and 17 situation. On the same play, Paul McQuistan committed a chop block on Aldon Smith that would have resulted in a safety if accepted as a penalty.

Niners' head coach Jim Harbaugh had the chance to either (a) decline the penalty and put his team in the victory formation, or (b) accept the penalty, take the safety and deal with the safety kick to run out the clock with a nine-point lead. He chose option (a), which meant that anyone who had bet the 7.5-point spread had money riding on the decision. David Fucillo of Niners Nation explained the situation:

There were some questions why Coach Harbaugh would turn down the points. My guess is that he wanted to avoid potential injury on the ensuing safety kick. I believe the Seahawks could have gone for an onside kick as well. Given that the 49ers would have been up by two possessions, I am inclined to think the issue is more the former with injuries rather than the latter.

Be sure to stay tuned to Niners Nation for even more coverage, because star running back Frank Gore left the game during the fourth quarter, wincing in pain, and his condition has yet to be definitively updated.

Next up for the Niners is a Monday Night Football matchup against the Cardinals in Week 8.


Seattle fans find positives in loss

The Seattle Seahawks lost a hard-fought, defensive slugfest on the road Thursday night, falling 13-6 to the San Francisco 49ers.

The Seahawks put forth a fairly dominating performance in the first half, leading 6-3 going into the break. However, Russell Wilson and the offense just could not break the stout Niners defense in the second half.

One might think that Seattle fans would be discouraged by a 6-point output but, on the contrary, Danny Kelly of SB Nation's Seahawks blog Field Gulls found plenty to be optimistic about. Sure the loss was disappointing, but there's no shame in coming "close" on the road against a tough opponent like the Niners:

This is a growing team and though it may not really feel like it, they're still one of the youngest teams in the NFL. Their recipe - their formula - a conservative approach on offense and a sippy cup lid on their rookie quarterback, dictates that the margin for error in their games is going to be very slim. This team, where it sits in its development, simply cannot overcome big mistakes and huge drops and poor execution in key moments and expect to beat elite teams on the road. Even with those big drops, and the Russell Wilson pick, Seattle had a chance to pull it off, once again. They got close.

The young Seahawks are still in pretty good shape, as their 4-3 record puts them just one game behind the 5-2 Niners in the NFC West. Considering that the Seahawks have been breaking in the rookie Wilson this year, that's not a bad spot to be in. They are certainly close.

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