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After a week of hype surrounding the return of Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, the San Francisco 49ers defense did not let the 33-year-old Beast Mode do much of anything in the first half.
Lynch mustered just seven yards on four carries, one of which came on a fourth down late in the second quarter.
With Seattle facing a fourth-and-1 on the San Francisco 31-yard line, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer called a halfback dive right up the gut. 49ers rookie defensive end Nick Bosa won his block in the backfield and made first contact with Lynch, who was then hit by a host of Bosa’s teammates.
Seattle turned the ball over on downs, and went into halftime trailing 13-0. Lynch fared much better on Seattle’s opening drive of the second half, carrying four times for 23 yards. That drive culminated in a touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Tyler Lockett that brought Seattle within six points.
The Seahawks mustered just 79 yards of total offense in the first half, compared to 222 yards of offense for the 49ers. Niners rookie wideout Deebo Samuel actually outgained Seattle on his own, with 87 total yards.
Jimmy Garoppolo was sharp in the first two quarters, as he completed 11 of his 15 passes for 156 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. The game’s lone touchdown was scored by Samuel, who took an end-around 30 yards into the end zone.
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