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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

September 11, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Game in Review: 49ers 33, Seahawks 17

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Players of the game
Ted Ginn gained 176 yards of kickoff returns, 92 yards on five punt returns and scored two special-teams touchdowns. That is the most kickoff return yards Seattle has ever allowed an opponent.

San Francisco defensive end Justin Smith finished with two sacks, the first one coming on a spin move which allowed him to get past left tackle Russell Okung.

Rookie Doug Baldwin caught four passes for 83 yards, and his 55-yard touchdown with 3:56 left cut San Francisco's lead to 19-17.

Play of the game
Ted Ginn's 102-yard kickoff return was the most important play of the game, but the most impressive was his 55-yard punt return that came 59 seconds later. While some players would have still been catching their breath, Ginn simply couldn't be caught. He ran a slalom course through the Seahawks punt coverage team, running through an arm tackle to reach the end zone. That was the only Seahawk who touched him.

Turning point
Ginn's 102-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter was the longest return ever allowed by the Seahawks. He fielded it 2 yards deep, broke right at about the 15 and cornerback Walter Thurmond got caught inside, sealed with a block and safety Earl Thomas couldn't chase him down.

P>Seahawks surprises
• Seattle had 182 yards of net offense in the second half, which was quite an improvement over the 37 yards the Seahawks managed in the first half. The 49ers were credited with eight quarterback hits.

• The Seahawks were credit with one quarterback hit of Alex Smith, and while it was a worthy thump from defensive end Chris Clemons, that's not nearly enough pressure.

• Frank Gore's two biggest rushing games came against Seattle, but he was held to an average of 2.7 yards on his 22 carries, finishing with 59 yards.

By the numbers
268 - return yards for Ted Ginn between four kickoffs he ran back and five punts.

219 - yards of net offense for Seattle.

209 - yards of net offense for San Francisco.

2 - season-opening losses Pete Carroll has suffered in 15 seasons as a head coach.

Injury report

Seahawks - FB Michael Robinson suffered a first-quarter ankle injury and did not return. CB Byron Maxwell suffered an ankle injury. WR Ben Obomanu left the field with what appeared to be a head injury in the fourth quarter, but indicated afterward he was OK.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll: "I love the way we fought back. I love the way we played defense today, and the chance we had to win this game. I don't care what happens in the first half, it's how you finish, and we had a chance to finish this game and then we let it get away."

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