Richard Sherman returns blocked punt for 90-yard touchdown

Tom Szczerbowski

The Seahawks extended a lead over the 49ers with a big special teams play.

The Seattle Seahawks have a 21-0 lead over the San Francisco 49ers. Pete Carroll's team is making it happen in a variety of ways. You expect Russell Wilson's heroics. You know that Marshawn Lynch is going into "Beast Mode." And now special teams is getting in on the action.

Red Bryant jumped skyward like Dr. J to block a David Akers field goal in the second quarter. The ball bounced out the left side, Seattle's left side, of the formation. Richard Sherman, fresh from appealing his PED suspension on Friday, scooped up the ball and ran it 90 yards for a touchdown, Seattle's third touchdown of the game.

Pete Carroll sure was happy about it.

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A Seattle win clinches a playoff spot for the Seahawks. If the 49ers can stage a comeback, a win would give them the NFC West title. The 49ers currently lead the NFC West, trailed by Seattle and having an advantage thanks to a Week 10 tie.

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