SEATTLE -- The Seattle Seahawks
earned a surprisingly easy win over the San Francisco 49ers
in an early-season battle for supremacy in the NFC West, cruising to a 29-3 decision in a game delayed an hour by lightning.
The delay came in the first quarter with the game scoreless.
Seattle (2-0) dominated upon the resumption, using three second-half touchdowns by Marshawn Lynch
to win going away.
It was the 49ers' second blowout loss in Seattle, as they fell 42-13 last December. San Francisco (1-1) plays host to Seattle on Dec. 8 at Candlestick Park.
Seattle went on identical 10-play, 80-yard drives the first two times it had the ball in the second half to take control.
Lynch scored on a 14-yard run to cap the initial mark, then on a 7-yard pass from Russell Wilson to cap the second drive.
The scoring pass was part of a second-half turnaround for Seattle's second-year quarterback, who was just 2-for-10 in the first half.
Wilson went 4-for-5 for 80 yards in the third quarter as the Seahawks finally took the upper hand, and he finished 8-for-19 for 142 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Lynch gained 98 yards on 28 carries as Seattle outgained the 49ers 290-207.
With a record CenturyLink Field crowd of 68,338 going crazy throughout, despite the delay, the 49ers offense could never get on track. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick completed 13 of 28 passes for 127 yards with three interceptions. He also ran nine times for 87 yards.
The Seahawks led 5-0 at the end of a strange first half that featured an hour-long delay due to lightning.
At the time of the delay, which came with 3:13 left in the first quarter, the game was scoreless. The teams were sent to the locker room at 6:05 p.m. PDT, and the game resumed at 7:05 p.m.
When it did, Seattle got its running game going enough to force some bad field position for the 49ers, which resulted in the first score of the game -- a safety when holding was called in the end zone on San Francisco fullback Bruce Miller.
That made it 2-0 with 10:44 to go in the half.
Seattle added a 30-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka with 5:56 to go in the half after the Seahawks recovered a Kaepernick fumble.
NOTES: Seattle played without CB Brandon Browner, who hurt his hamstring Sept. 4. The Seahawks had hoped Browner would be able to recover in time to play, but he was unable to practice during the week. ... The Seahawks re-signed DT Clinton McDonald on Saturday, and he saw significant action as a backup. McDonald played the 2011 and 2012 seasons with Seattle before being released in the cutdown to 53 players. ... San Francisco's inactives included WR/TE Chris Harper, a fourth-round pick by Seattle whom the Seahawks cut before the season and was then signed by the 49ers. ... Seattle's inactives included DE Chris Clemons, who tore his ACL in the playoff win over the Washington Redskins last January. Clemons practiced fully for the first time this week, but the team decided to let him wait another week before returning to game action.
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