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49ers stop Seahawks at goal line to secure NFC West title

The 49ers and Seahawks played another epic game. We break down the implications for the playoffs.

The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks did it again. Whenever the teams play important games, it feels like it comes down to the wire, and it did once again. The 49ers stopped the Seahawks at the goal line on a short Russell Wilson pass to hold on for a 26-21 victory.

With the win, the 49ers clinched the NFC West title and secures the No. 1 seed in the NFC and home field advantage through the conference playoffs. The Seahawks secure the top wild card berth and will travel to face the Philadelphia Eagles in the wild card round. The Green Bay Packers clinch the No. 2 seed and the New Orleans Saints clinch the No. 3 seed. New Orleans will host Minnesota in the wild card round.

This was a fitting close to what has been a wild season. The 49ers defense stopped the Seahawks as close as humanly possible to the end zone to secure the win. This came after Seattle mounted a furious comeback to turn this into a wild finish.

San Francisco led the game 13-0 and 19-7, but couldn’t quite put Seattle away. Russell Wilson kept making plays, throwing for 233 yards and two touchdowns. But Jimmy Garoppolo was key for the 49ers. He completed 18 of 22 passes for 285 yards, and while he did not throw a touchdown pass, he set the team up time and again.

Raheem Mostert, George Kittle, and Deebo Samuel were three keys to the 49ers offense. Mostert had ten carries for 57 yards and two touchdowns. Kittle caught seven passes for 86 yards and added seven rushing yards. Samuel caught five passes for 102 yards and added a 30-yard rushing touchdown.