January 28, 2023

The San Francisco 49ers clinch the NFC West with a win in Seattle

The San Francisco 49ers clinch the NFC West with a win in Seattle

SEATTLE – For the first time since 2019, the San Francisco 49ers are the NFC West champions.

And while Lumen Field has been a home of horror for them for the past decade, it’s also been the site of recent hat-and-shirt ceremonies.

This time, the Niners NFC West wrapped up Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks with a resounding 21-13 victory. When they captured their first division title in 2019, so did Seattle.

With Thursday’s win, the Niners improved to 10-4 on the season and earned their seventh straight win, their longest winning streak since an eight-game snap in 2019. It’s the closest the 49ers have come to finishing the division since 2011 and ensures they can’t finish lower than the number one seed. 3 in the NFC Qualifiers.

It’s also the first time the San Francisco Seahawks have been swept in a single season since 2011.

Without wide receiver services Debo Samuel (left knee, ankle), with the quarterback Brooke Purdy Playing through a rib and oblique injury, the Niners turned into a star running back Christian McCaffrey To do most of the heavy lifting on the way to Thursday’s clinch.

McCaffrey had 19 touches for 87 yards and a touchdown in the first half, the second most touchdowns he made in a first half of his career. He finished with 32 touches for 138 scrimmage yards, his fifth game with more than 100 scrimmage yards, making him only the second midseason acquisition to accomplish that number, joining Eric Dickerson, who had six such games in 1987 for the Indianapolis Colts, according to to despair. Sports office.

Bardy, who was listed as questionable this week and was limited to three exercises, finished 17 of 26 for 217 yards with a pair of touchdown passes to the tight end. George Keitel for a pass rating of 117.0.