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49ers dominate Seahawks in second half to advance in NFL playoffs

San Francisco 49ers followers had been most likely sweating a bit at halftime with their staff down in Santa Clara.

But the Niners proved within the second half Saturday why they had been big favorites towards the Seattle Seahawks.

The 49ers dominated their NFC West rivals within the second half en path to a 41-23 win within the wild-card spherical.

It was San Francisco’s eleventh straight win, and quarterback Brock Purdy is now 6-0 since taking up for the injured Jimmy Garoppolo.

San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23) is congratulated by wide receiver Jauan Jennings after scoring against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023.

San Francisco 49ers working again Christian McCaffrey (23) is congratulated by vast receiver Jauan Jennings after scoring towards the Seattle Seahawks through the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff sport in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023.
(AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

The Niners offense bought rolling virtually instantly, scoring on every of its first two drives with a Robbie Gould subject aim and a Christian McCaffrey landing. Seattle bought on the board within the second quarter with a Kenneth Walker rating. 

After Gould kicked one other subject aim, Geno Smith discovered DK Metcalf for a 50-yard landing. Suddenly, the Seahawks had been up 14-13 with simply over 5 minutes left within the first half.

Gould kicked his third subject aim with 13 ticks remaining within the half, and the 49ers determined to squib the kickoff. A 49ers’ private foul put the Seahawks in subject aim vary. Jason Myers drilled a 56-yard subject aim to place the Seahawks up 17-16 heading into the locker room.

But Seattle did not maintain the momentum for lengthy. The Niners answered rapidly within the second half with a one-yard dashing landing by Purdy to take a six-point lead.

The Seahawks had been once more driving and contained in the crimson zone. But on third down, quarterback Geno Smith misplaced a fumble, and the Niners pounced and didn’t let up.

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) runs toward the end zone for a score during the second half of an NFL wild-card game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. 

San Francisco 49ers vast receiver Deebo Samuel (19) runs towards the tip zone for a rating through the second half of an NFL wild-card sport towards the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. 
(AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

A seven-play, 70-yard drive ended with Purdy scrambling to seek out Elijah Mitchell for a landing, and the following two-point conversion made it a 31-17 lead for San Fran. Deebo Samuel added a 74-yard  landing shortly after. 

The Niners outscored Seattle 25-6 within the second half.

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Purdy completed with 332 yards on 18-for-30 passing, throwing three touchdowns and working for one more. McCaffrey added 119 yards on the bottom on his 15 carries, whereas Samuel completed with six receptions for 133 yards. Brandon Aiyuk added three catches for 73 yards.

Smith was 25-for-35 by means of the air, throwing for 253 yards and two touchdowns, together with a choose and a fumble. Metcalf caught 10 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns within the dropping effort.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL wild-card game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) passes towards the Seattle Seahawks through the first half of an NFL wild-card sport in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023.
(AP Photo/Josie Lepe)

The Niners now wait to see who their opponent is within the divisional spherical.

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