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“Unstoppable Christian McCaffrey Dominates First Half, Leads 49ers to a Commanding 31-13 Win Against Seahawks in NFC West Showdown!”



After scoring two touchdowns and contributing to San Francisco’s fourth consecutive victory against the Seahawks, Christian McCaffrey was ready to savor his post-game meal. The fact that it took place during a Thanksgiving feast on Seattle’s home turf added to the enjoyment. McCaffrey, who rushed for an impressive 114 yards and two scores in the first half, played a key role in the 49ers’ decisive 31-13 win over the Seahawks on Thursday night.

The 49ers (8-3) secured their fourth consecutive win against their division rivals and now hold a two-game lead in the NFC West over Seattle. This victory marked San Francisco’s third in a row overall, bouncing back from a three-game losing streak, and it also marked their 10th consecutive triumph against a division opponent.

McCaffrey’s exceptional performance included breaking through arm tackles and executing several significant plays, resulting in touchdowns of 8 and 1 yards as the 49ers established a commanding 24-3 halftime lead. Deebo Samuel contributed a 2-yard touchdown on San Francisco’s opening possession, and quarterback Brock Purdy completed 15 of 20 passes in a nearly flawless first half.

While the 49ers had an advantage in the first half, the third quarter posed challenges, giving the Seahawks some momentum, as noted by Niners coach Kyle Shanahan. Despite a third-quarter interception returned for a touchdown by Seattle’s Jordyn Brooks, Purdy managed to avoid any other major mistakes. He sealed the victory with a 28-yard scoring pass to Brandon Aiyuk with 7:51 left in the game, prompting some Seahawks fans to head for the exits.

McCaffrey praised Purdy, stating, ”Ice in his veins. He’s such a good player. He makes plays all over the field, and watching how consistent he is back in the huddle. He’s never too high. He’s never too low. Anytime he’s got the ball in his hands, if there is a play to be made, he can make it.” Purdy finished 21 of 30 for 209 yards, outplaying the opposing quarterback.

Seattle’s Geno Smith, playing with injuries sustained in the previous game, faced challenges throughout the match. He was sacked six times, threw an interception in the first half, and almost had a few more throws picked off. The Seahawks’ first five possessions gained only 15 total yards. When Seattle attempted to rally in the second half, Smith faced additional untimely sacks, contributing to a challenging game for the team.

Despite disputing a no-call on defensive holding or pass interference late in the third quarter, which could have given the Seahawks a first-and-goal opportunity, Seattle settled for a field goal and failed to threaten further. Their last attempt at a comeback was thwarted when Zach Charbonnet was stopped on fourth-and-1 at the San Francisco 21 with 4:14 remaining.

The Seahawks (6-5) suffered their second loss in five days and have dropped three of their last four games. Over the past four games, Seattle has managed just three offensive touchdowns, with only one in the last eight quarters.

San Francisco’s defense showcased its strength with six sacks distributed among multiple players, including two from Nick Bosa, bringing his season total to 7 1/2. Javon Hargrave contributed 1 1/2 sacks, while Tashaun Gipson and Arik Armstead each had one. Kevin Givens was also credited with a half-sack, contributing to the 49ers’ total of 15 sacks in the past three games.

In the first half, Seattle seemed to bench starting cornerback Riq Woolen, replacing him with Michael Jackson, possibly due to concerns about Woolen’s sore shoulder, according to Coach Pete Carroll. Seattle right tackle Jason Peters left late in the first half with a shoulder stinger, and San Francisco backup safety George Odum sustained a biceps injury, raising concerns about a potential torn biceps that could keep him sidelined for an extended period.

Looking ahead, the 49ers will face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Dec. 3, while the Seahawks are set to play the Dallas Cowboys next Thursday.