Seattle Seahawks beat New York Giants 24-14 to win NFC West title
The Seattle Seahawks won their third straight game to move past the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC West championship, snapping the 49ers streak of consecutive division titles with consecutive losses to the Seattle Seahawks.
Seattle’s 38-7 victory over the 49er’s 34-16 win over the New York Jets on Sunday night clinched the division title for the Seahawks.
The Seahawks also clinched a first-round bye and will play the New Orleans Saints in the wild-card round.
The 49ers are in a tie for the No. 2 seed in the NFC.
Seattle’s victory over New York in the final home game of the season put the Seahawks in position to clinch a playoff berth with a win Sunday night, giving them a chance to finish off a season that has been plagued by injuries and suspensions.
Seattle lost running back Marshawn Lynch (calf) to a season-ending knee injury on the opening play of the game.
It also lost cornerback Brandon Browner to a dislocated shoulder.
It was Seattle’s second consecutive loss in Seattle, which had lost four straight before beating Arizona.
Seattle had won nine of its last 10 games entering Sunday night’s game.
The Seahawks trailed 16-10 with just under two minutes left in the first quarter.
Seattle went on a 12-play, 81-yard drive, including a 37-yard touchdown drive to open the third quarter.
The drive culminated with Lynch, who had three carries for 16 yards and a touchdown in the third, recovering a fumble and getting up to run for a score.
It was a tough loss for Seattle, especially after a win over Denver and a 49ers loss to New York.
The team is coming off its worst loss of the regular season when it fell 28-16 at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas.
The Niners’ win over Seattle on Monday night gave them a 4-0 record in their last five meetings with the Seahawks, including their two losses.
The teams last meeting was Nov. 23, 2013, when Seattle defeated the 49-10.
Seattle was the first team in NFL history to lose five consecutive games before winning the division.
Seattle defeated Washington in the second round last season.
The win over San Francisco came in the season finale of a season where the 49’s offense failed to score points, led by quarterback Alex Smith, who was sacked 20 times and finished with just seven touchdowns.
Smith completed 14 of 27 passes for 186 yards, including two touchdown passes, for the 49.
He was sacked 12 times and was sacked once in the game, but he didn’t score a touchdown.
The first-year quarterback finished the game throwing for 306 yards and three touchdowns.
Smith had three interceptions in the loss.
He threw for an NFL-best 5,717 yards last season and led the NFL in completions (8,902), yards (2,898) and touchdowns (10).
Smith’s passing yardage was a career high and was a season high for the season.
He had just three TD passes.
Smith was sacked five times and had six tackles for loss in the win.
The sack came on Seattle’s final drive of the first half when he sacked Smith on a sack of him on third-and-6.
Smith’s third sack of the day was his first since he finished with three sacks last season against Washington.
A day after quarterback Russell Wilson was injured in the fourth quarter, he finished the third half with 17 passing yards and was pressured on four of those completions.
He completed 9 of 17 passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns.