Seahawks fade in second half of blowout loss to 49ers in wild-card round

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The Seattle Times

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The Seahawks knew they would have to play a basically blemish-free game to beat the 49ers in a wild-card playoff game Saturday. And for almost three quarters, the Seahawks did. Their offense had the top-ranked defense in the NFL on its heels, and the defense was doing just enough to keep Seattle in it, largely by holding the 49ers to field goals instead of touchdowns on three long drives. But then came the one mistake the Seahawks knew they couldn’t make, with Geno Smith fumbling the ball away on a strip sack by Charles Omenhiu on a third down at the 49ers’ 30 with 2:25 t…

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