SEATTLE – For the first time since 2019, the San Francisco 49ers are the NFC West division champions.
And while Lumen Field has been a house of horrors for them over the past decade, it’s also been the site of two of their most recent hat-and-tee celebrations.
This time, the Niners clinched the NFC West on Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks with a 21-13 win. When they claimed the division crown in 2019, that clinch also happened in Seattle.
With Thursday’s win, the Niners improved to 10-4 on the season and won their seventh straight, their longest streak since eight games in 2019. It’s the earliest the 49ers have finished in the division since 2011 and secures them. can finish no lower than the 3rd seed in the NFC playoffs.
It’s also the first time San Francisco has beaten the Seahawks in a season since 2011.
Without wide receiver Deebo Samuel (left knee, ankle) and with quarterback Brock Purdy playing through a rib and oblique injury, the Niners turned to star running back Christian McCaffrey to do most of the heavy lifting en route to Thursday’s clincher. .
McCaffrey had 19 catches for 87 yards and a touchdown in the first half, the second-most in a career opening half. He finished with 32 touches for 138 scrimmage yards, his fifth game with 100-plus carries, making him the second midseason signing to reach that number, joining Eric Dickerson, who had six games for the Indianapolis Colts in 1987, according to Elias. Sports Bureau.
Purdy, who was listed as questionable this week and limited to three practices, completed 17 of 26 for 217 yards with a pair of touchdown passes to George Kittle for a 117.0 passer rating.