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Aldon Smith forces and recovers a fumble from Russell Wilson at start of NFC championship (Loop)

Kevin Kaduk
Shutdown Corner

Well, that's one way to get Seattle's 12th man to quiet down.

Though the CenturyLink Field crowd roared itself into a frenzy during pregame ceremonies, it took only one play from scrimmage for Aldon Smith to shut them all up. The San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman both caused and recovered a fumble from Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson at the start of Sunday's NFC championship. The turnover gave the Niners the ball at the Seattle 15-yard line but Colin Kaepernick and co. couldn't completely capitalize on the early momentum shift and had to settle for a field goal.

The 49ers defense, however, continued to look stout, forcing a three-and-out on Seattle's next possession.

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