2014 NFC Championship Game score update: 49ers defense shutting down Russell Wilson

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Wilson has found the going tough against the stiff Niners defense and his team trails 10-3 at halftime.

Outside of one big passing play, the San Francisco 49ers have held Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in check through one half of the NFC Championship.

Wilson went 8-of-12 for 112 yards through the first two quarters as the Niners built a 10-3 lead. The San Francisco defense, which has held its playoff opponents to an average of 15 points per game through two postseason matchups, has gotten frequent pressure to keep Wilson off balance. The 49ers sacked him four times, including a strip sack by Aldon Smith on the game's opening play from scrimmage.

The only time Wilson has been able to shake free for a big play came midway through the second quarter when he used a dramatic rollout escape to find Doug Baldwin for a 51-yard pass to get them into scoring position. The Niners defense tightened up afterward, forcing the Seahawks to settle for a field goal.

After another Pro Bowl season, Wilson has struggled over the past month. He threw for just 103 yards in the Divisional round win over the New Orleans Saints and hasn't topped 200 yards passing since Week 15 of the regular season.

A big play by the game's other star quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, set the 49ers up for the half's only touchdown. Kaepernick busted loose for a 58-yard scramble in the second quarter, weaving through the Seattle defense to get them into the red zone. The Seahawks made them work for the payoff with a stiff goal-line effort, but eventually Anthony Dixon went over the top for the score on fourth-and-goal from the 1.

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