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Seahawks rout 49ers 29-3

  • Richard Sherman celebrates after the Seahawks score a safety in the first half against 49ers. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

SEATTLE — A 60-minute lightning delay served as the prelude to a second consecutive blowout loss here by the San Francisco 49ers, who fell 29-3 Sunday night to their bitter division rival, the Seattle Seahawks.

First place in the NFC West now belongs outright to unbeaten Seattle (2-0), while the 49ers join the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams with 1-1 records.

Throughout a long and often odd night, the 49ers' offense failed to replicate the play-making panache that delivered last week's season-opening win against the Green Bay Packers.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks


Colin Kaepernick, who had his first career 400-yard passing game last week, reversed course and had his first multiple-interception outing, with the Seahawks snagging three interceptions.

Overall, Kaepernick committed four turnovers (fumbled on a sack), his offensive line struggled blocking and receivers couldn't break free from a secondary led by Richard Sherman, whose fourth-quarter interception sealed the 49ers' fate.

The Seahawks ran up the score further when, with 4:22 remaining, Marshawn Lynch scored on a 2-yard run in the wake of Kaepernick's third interception, by Kam Chancellor.

It technically wasn't as lopsided as last December's 42-13 Seahawks victory here, but the 49ers sputtered all night before the largest crowd ever at CenturyLink Field (68,338).

The 49ers defense did hold strong for a 5-0 halftime deficit. That came with a price, however. Two starters were lost to injury: nose tackle Ian Williams (broken left ankle) and free safety Eric Reid (concussion).

The rivalry's physical nature took their toll and knocked out other starters: 49ers' tight end Vernon Davis (hamstring, fourth quarter) and defensive tackle Ray McDonald (right ankle, fourth quarter) and Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung (foot, first quarter).

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