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49ers suffer first loss in overtime thriller…

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49ers suffer first loss in overtime thriller...

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers’ unbeaten streak has come to an end after nine games. After a back-and-forth affair that lasted deep into the final seconds of overtime, the Seattle Seahawks escaped Levi’s Stadium victorious, 27-24, and improved to 8-2 Monday night thanks to a relentless defense, another strong outing by Russell Wilson and a 42-yard Jason Myers field goal. 

Here are three things that stood out from the game:

1. Tested and found wanting — The 49ers received their toughest test yet and couldn’t quite find a way to overcome the many waves of adversity that engulfed them. San Francisco has had to deal with injuries and depth challenges throughout the season, and Monday night was no different. Already without tight end George Kittle and kicker Robbie Gould, the 49ers lost their most talented wideout — Emmanuel Sanders — to a rib injury in the first half. That forced other players like tight end Kendrick Bourne, wide receiver Deebo Samuel and kicker Chase McLaughlin to step up. The 49ers lacked their usual potency on offense even so. The Seahawks harassed Jimmy Garoppolo often, recording three takeaways. But San Francisco remained in the game because of another robust outing from their defense. 

Seattle Seahawks kicker Jason Myers celebrates after kicking the game-winning field goal during overtime against the San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 11, 2019.

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With the offense struggling, the defense stepped up and reclaimed the momentum with a fourth-quarter fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. But that momentum shift was short-lived. The 49ers had to settle for a game-tying field goal with 6:17 left rather than a lead-securing touchdown, and then the Seahawks’ rushing attack finally wore the 49ers down as Seattle went 47 yards in 11 plays and kicked a 46-yard field goal to take a 24-21 lead with 1:45 left on the clock. Refusing to wilt, the 49ers tied the game with a 47-yarder with a second left. Then in overtime, when needing one final stand, San Francisco’s defense showed why it ranks among the best in the league while denying Wilson & Co. The 49ers couldn’t capitalize, though. They missed the potential game-winner, and then after another defensive stand, they went three-and-out and had to punt.

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