49ers eye No. 2 seed with 19-17 victory over Seahawks

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49ers eye No. 2 seed with 19-17 victory over Seahawks

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SEATTLE -- David Akers set an NFL record and extended it with a timely 39-yard field goal to keep the 49ers in control of their own destiny for the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs.Patrick Willis' replacement Larry Grant stripped Tarvaris Jackson on a last-minute Seahawks drive, and Donte Whitner recovered to preserve a 19-17 49ers victory.
The 49ers (12-3) can clinch the second seed, and a first-round playoff bye, if the New Orleans Saints lose to the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night. Or the 49ers can clinch for themselves next week against the St. Louis Rams.Akers set the NFL record for field goals in a season when he nailed a 44-yard attempt to give the 49ers a 16-10 lead with 12:37 remaining in the fourth quarter. Akers broke the record set by Arizona's Neil Rackers in 2005.--Pass-rusher Aldon Smith recorded a fourth-quarter sack, giving him 14 for the season. He is just a half-sack from tying Jevon Kearse's rookie record, set in 1999.--A couple impressive 49ers run-defense streaks came to an end. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch had a 4-yard touchdown run with 6:41 remaining in the fourth quarter for a 17-16 lead.It was the first rushing TD the 49ers have surrendered this season. The 49ers are the first team in NFL history to go the first 14 games of the season without allowing a rushing score.Also, Lynch gained 107 yards on 21 rushing attempts to break a streak of 36 games that the 49ers did not allow a 100-yard rusher.--After completing 5 of 16 passes for 43 yards (with several dropped passes) in the first half, Alex Smith completed all four of his attempts for 64 yards on the 49ers' first possession of the third quarter.Tight end Vernon Davis, who had a case of the dropsies in the first half, had a fourth-down catch for 16 yards and another tight-rope reception at the sideline for 17 yards on the drive. Frank Gore had a 4-yard touchdown run -- his third score in the past three games -- to tie the game at 10-10 early in the third quarter.--The 49ers had a big outing from the run game. Frank Gore rushed 23 times for 83 yards, and rookie Kendall Hunter gained a career-high 73 yards on 12 carries.--The 49ers biggest concern is the status of tight end Delanie Walker, who went down with an apparent significant jaw injury in the first half. His availability for the playoffs is now in question.Walker sustained the injury when Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill inadvertently kicked him while Walker was on the ground after a cut block on a run play.Walker's helmet flew off and he remained on the ground while the 49ers' medical staff and coach Jim Harbaugh rushed to his assistance. Walker held a towel over the left side of his jaw. He was carted off the field, presumably for X-rays.Walker has not caught a pass in the past six games, but he has provided a significant contribution to the offense as a blocker. With Walker out of the lineup, veteran Justin Peelle saw increased action as a blocker.--The 49ers were breathing easier after first-quarter injuries to defensive end Justin Smith (left leg) and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (right elbow). Both left the game but were cleared to return to action.--The 49ers played their third full game without All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis. But the 49ers might be inclined to try to get him on the field next week against the St. Louis Rams in the regular-season finale rather than have him off at least five weeks entering the 49ers' first playoff game.

After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

Shaun Draughn is now a member of the New York Giants, but he won't ever forget his brief stint with the 49ers. The running back posted a long thank you to the organization and its fans on Thursday:

"I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community," Draughn posted on Instagram. "You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever.

"Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!!"

Draughn, 29, averaged 3.1 yards per carry over two seasons with the 49ers, totaling 459 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. 

I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community. You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever. Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!! To the @nygiants I want to say thank you for allowing me to be apart of such a first class organization!! I am excited to go to work in the quest for #5 and to the Fans I can assure you, you will get my ABSOLUTE best and nothing less, put a stamp on it‼️‼️ thank you God for ALWAYS making a way!! #Proverbs3:5-6 #BigBlue #GMen

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Report: 49ers free agent ILB signing with rival Seahawks

Report: 49ers free agent ILB signing with rival Seahawks

Michael Wilhoite has spent his whole five-year NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers.

But now the free agent inside linebacker is reportedly switching sides in the NFC West rivalry. Wilhoite is set to sign with the Seattle Seahawks, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. 

Terms of the deal are unknown at this time. 

Wilhoite, 30, played in all 16 games last season for the 49ers, starting in only six. In 2016 he recorded 55 tackles, 30 less than 2015 in four less games, and forced one fumble. 

After earning a promotion from the 49ers' practice squad in 2012, Wilhoite's career in the Bay Area comes to an end with 268 tackles and three interceptions in 65 games.