Niners Go to Overtime to Finally Beat the Seahawks - NBC Bay Area
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Coverage of the San Francisco 49ers

Niners Go to Overtime to Finally Beat the Seahawks

San Francisco wins its second straight game for the first time in 2018 with a 26-23 decision over AFC West rival Seattle at Levi's Stadium

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Niners Go to Overtime to Finally Beat the Seahawks
    Getty Images
    A crowd of 49ers congratulates Richie James (No. 13) after his 97-yard kickoff return for a TD in a win over Seattle Sunday. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

    It took an overtime period to do it, but on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium the 49ers finally won their second game in a row for the first time this season.

    After San Francisco and Seattle tied 23-23 in regulation, the 49ers won it on their first possession of the extra period on Robbie Gould’s 36-yard field goal for a 26-23 victory.

    The win broke a 10-game losing streak to the Seahawks and improved San Francisco’s record to 4-10 with two games remaining. The victory came after a 20-14 win over the Broncos last week. The team’s previous victories had been well spaced — over the Lions on Sept. 16 and the Raiders on Nov. 1.

    The 49ers forced a three-and-out for the Seahawks on their first possession of overtime, meaning any score by San Francisco – a touchdown or field goal – would win it. The Niners started from their own 38 and advanced 29 yards to set up Gould’s game-winning kick.

    Seattle scored a touchdown first Sunday, but Sebastian Janikowski’s extra-point attempt was wide – a mistake that would prove huge.

    San Francisco then answered with rookie Richie James returning the kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and a 7-6 lead.

    San Francisco was up 17-13 at the half (another touchdown coming on a catch by tight end Garrett Celek), then added a field goal by Gould in the third quarter to take a 20-13 lead. Seattle ended the quarter by tying it up on Chris Carson’s tackle-breaking 1-yard run. Gould and then Janikowski traded field goals in the fourth period to set up overtime.

    For the 49ers, quarterback Nick Mullens was 20-of-29 passing for 275 yards and a TD with no interceptions. Rookie wide receiver Dante Pettis had another big day, with five catches for 83 yards. Pettis has had a surge in production over the past five weeks since being injured early in the year. 

    On defense, standout tackle DeForest Buckner had a huge day, with two sacks, four tackles for loss and 11 tackles overall.

    The 49ers will try to win three in a row this coming Sunday when they play host to the Chicago Bears.

    Get the latest from NBC Bay Area anywhere, anytime
    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android