SAN FRANCISCO—In the third quarter of Thursday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers scored their first touchdown in over six quarters to take the lead. That proved to be all they needed to win as they held Seattle to two field goals in a defensive struggle that saw the Niners come out with a 13-6 victory.
In front of the sellout home crowd of 69,732 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco found a way to win against a division rival and now sit atop the NFC West at 5-2. Down 6-3, Niners quarterback Alex Smith orchestrated a drive to put the home team deep into Seahawks territory. Tight end Delanie Walker caught a pass from Smith and rumbled 12 yards for the score, giving San Francisco the lead at 10-6.
Running back Frank Gore racked up 131 yards on the ground for the Niners, but he wasn’t the only player that passed the century mark Thursday night. San Francisco allowed its first 100-yard rusher at home in 22 games as Marshawn Lynch barreled his way toward 103 tough yards. Smith was inconsistent all night but got the job done, finishing with 140 yards on 14 of 23 passing, the touchdown to Walker and an interception. The 49ers are off until October 29 when they head to Arizona to face the Cardinals on Monday Night Football.
Meanwhile, in St. Louis, the San Francisco Giants are one game closer to being eliminated from the playoffs as the St. Louis Cardinals won 8-3 in Game 4 of the best-of-seven National League Championship Series. Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum struggled over 4 2/3 innings, giving up 6 hits, walking 3 batters and allowing 4 earned runs. Conversely, pitcher Adam Wainwright shut down the Giants for the defending World Champion Cardinals, pitching 7 innings and only giving up 4 hits and 1 earned run. His only miscue came when Giants outfielder Hunter Pence crushed a 451-foot solo home run in the second inning to pull the Giants to within one run.
From then on, the Giants struggled at the plate, striking out 6 times and producing no runs. San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval hit a 2-run homer in the ninth inning to make it respectable, but the rally came too late. Game 5 in the series is Friday night in St. Louis with Lance Lynn starting for the Cardinals and Barry Zito on the mound for the Giants.
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