DELANIE WALKER THIRD-quarter touchdown catch made the difference last night as San Francisco beat Seattle 13-6 in a tough defensive battle to seize the lead in the NFL’s NFC West division.
San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith completed 14 of 23 passes for 140 yards, one touchdown and one interception and David Akers booted a pair of field goals for the 49ers, who rebounded from a lopsided loss to the New York Giants last weekend in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship game.
Frank Gore ran for 131 yards on 16 carries for San Francisco and had five catches for 51 yards to help the 49ers come out on top in their first division match-up of the season.
“I was expecting a close, physical game because that’s how both our games were last year,” Smith said. “I didn’t expect a big stat game, but this was a really tough one that we had tonight. “This is a very satisfying win for the whole club.”
Seahawks signal-caller Russell Wilson endured a difficult game, completing just nine of 23 passes with an interception for the Seahawks, who had two first-half field goals from Steven Hauschka. Seattle had won two straight coming into the game, but fell to 4-3.
Seattle led by three at halftime but had to punt on the first possession of the second half. San Francisco capped a drive with Smith’s 12-yard touchdown throw to Walker, and the 49ers’ Dashon Goldson then intercepted Wilson.
Smith then threw an interception of his own before San Francisco completed the scoring with a second field goal from Akers with 5:24 to play.