- Egypt rights center raided, 2 Mubaraks acquitted
- New Mexico Supreme Court rules same-sex marriage constitutional
- Blame Bush: 5 years later, that’s still the mantra, pollsters find
- Dutch prostitutes demand same retirement benefits as soccer stars
- John McCain to Harry Reid: I’ll ‘kick the crap’ out of you
- Dogs that talk: Researchers seek $10K for ‘No More Woof’ technology
- 1,000 firefighters called to battle stubborn Big Sur wildfire
- Black Friday brouhaha: Millions of Target shoppers hit by credit card theft
- Britain orders airplane to rescue citizens from violent South Sudan
- Mega Millions winner emerges as Georgia mom, in ‘disbelief’
49ers make just enough plays, hold off Seahawks
Question of the Day
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers sure have a knack for leaving tough losses behind.
They’ve never lost two games in a row under the reigning NFL Coach of the Year.
This time, the 49ers had all of four days and no choice but to forget in a hurry; first place in the NFC West was on the line.
Alex Smith threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker late in the third quarter and San Francisco held off the Seattle Seahawks 13-6 Thursday night to give the 49ers a victory in their long-awaited division opener.
“Coming off a loss, we wanted to go out there and get that mojo back,” linebacker Patrick Willis said. “We never lost it, but at the same time, you never want to lose a game. It’s a bad taste in everybody’s mouth. We just knew we had to come out and play great football against this team tonight.”
It wasn’t all that pretty, but that hardly matters to the Niners.
They’re alone in first place — for now.
“You lose, you move on and you get ready for your next opponent,” defensive tackle Justin Smith said. “It just happened to be Seattle, who’s in our division.”
Frank Gore ran for 131 yards and the 49ers (5-2) hung tough on defense late in a game featuring two teams allowing fewer than 16 points per game.
Alex Smith went 14 of 23 for 140 yards in a second straight subpar performance.
NFC rushing leader Marshawn Lynch finished with 103 yards for Seattle (4-3).
“That was the most physical 30 minutes of football in the second half that I have ever seen our football team play,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a sweet win. It was a real football fight, and our guys won it.”
The 49ers improved to 5-0 after regular-season defeats since Harbaugh took over before last season.
By Michael P. Orsi
Edward Snowden should declare his patriotism in court
- Citing 'unfair system,' Obama commutes sentences for 8 crack offenders
- Homeland Security helps smuggle illegal immigrant children into the U.S.
- Gov't wasted $30 billion on 'pillownauts,' crystal goblets -- buying human urine!
- Bill Gates: The Secret Santa disguised as a 'friendly fellow' on Reddit
- KELLNER: It's not a Merry Christmas for the persecuted church
- PRUDEN: 'Tis the season for apologies
- Special ops vets slam military benefit cuts
- ORSI: No greater act of loyalty to the Constitution
- TRIPLETT: Shale revolution reality checks
- Obama sends 45 service members to South Sudan
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Southern Fried Politics from the Lens of a Persian-American Millennial
All of the world’s problems, solved on your back porch
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow