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Seahawks 24, 49ers 13

If maybe you were hoping the Seahawks would come out Sunday and do some of the things they haven’t all season — such as start fast

And in finally pulling away from the 49ers in a 24-13 victory on a rainy, windy day, the Seahawks pretty much were what they have been all season.

They looked stagnant on offense early — Wilson throwing an interception into the wind on the game’s first play. They were ahead 7-3 at halftime only because of a Bobby Wagner interception that set up a 16-yard touchdown drive.

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Only, calling it an interception hardly does it justice as Wagner stole the ball out of the hands of San Francisco receiver Trent Taylor as each fell to the ground. Wagner ran into the end zone for a hoped-for touchdown, but officials ruled he was down at the 16.

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“I have never seen an interception like that,’’ marveled fellow linebacker K.J. Wright.

Had he not seen it Sunday, Seattle might well have trailed at halftime against a team that has now lost 24 of 27 games since the start of the 2016 season. “Luckily we’ve got a really good defense that keeps us in the game early so things don’t get too out of control,’’ said receiver Doug Baldwin, noting it’s a pattern that has come to define the 2017 season.

The Seahawks then used one of their most reliable combinations — a Wilson-to-Baldwin pass — to get jump-started offensively. The two connected on a 23-yard pass to convert third-and-nine midway through the third quarter during a quick touchdown drive that re-established control for Seattle.

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“That was really the spark in this game,’’ coach Pete Carroll said.

And throughout the game, their defense gave up little, holding the 49ers to just 205 yards until a final 75-yard drive resulted in a touchdown on the final play of the game.

In essence, relying on what has become the winning formula for the 2017 Seahawks, one that doesn’t figure to change now with just five games left.

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“We continue to have our struggles in the first half,’’ said Baldwin. “I don’t know what it is. Maybe we have to calm our jitters down and maybe we are overly excited. But once we find our groove obviously we are able to continue and play well.’’ Seattle, in fact, led just 7-6 with 8:23 left in the third quarter when Wilson and Baldwin hooked up on their third-and-nine play that seemed to turn the game for good. Eddie Lacy had been stopped for just a 1-yard run on the previous play, which followed a Wilson incomplete pass. That left the crowd, which looked to be about half of the announced attendance of 70,134, cheering as it rarely had all day.

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Baldwin, who had just one catch for 2 yards to that point, found an opening as Wilson scrambled, then reached and dived to control the pass for a first down that seemed to finally indicate to both teams that things would, indeed, unfold as everyone expected.

“That was really the momentum-starter for us,’’ said Wilson, who four plays later hit tight end Nick Vannett for a 17-yard touchdown that put Seattle ahead 14-6 and capped a 71-yard drive after Seattle had gained just 129 yards in the first half.

“Just doing my job,’’ said Baldwin. “I’m just playing. I’m just reacting to what the defense is giving me. So, in the moment, I’m not thinking that ‘Oh, it’s a big catch.’ I’m just thinking we’ve got to continue to move the ball downfield.’’

After the defense forced a three-and-out, another big Baldwin play on third down led to another long touchdown drive.

On a third-and-eight from the San Francisco 20, Wilson underthrew a pass to Baldwin in the end zone. Baldwin reached back over 49ers cornerback Dontae Johnson to draw a pass interference that gave Seattle a first down at the 1. Two plays later, Wilson hit Jimmy Graham for a 1-yard touchdown pass to help make it 21-6 and ended the suspense for good.

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“A very savvy play,’’ Carroll said of a move that ultimately sewed up a victory that improved Seattle to 7-4 and kept the Seahawks a game behind Los Angeles in the NFC West. Seattle plays host to the Rams on Dec. 17 and already have a victory over them.

And while there were other contributors — Tanner McEvoy had two well-timed catches for 31 yards and J.D. McKissic provided a nice spark both running and receiving, to name two — it was ultimately a victory in which the Seahawks mostly relied on the same players who have been the face of the franchise for so many years now.

Poison

Alice Cooper

Your cruel device,
Your blood like ice.
One look could kill,
My pain, your thrill.

I wanna love you, but I better not touch (don’t touch)
I wanna hold you, but my senses tell me to stop
I wanna kiss you, but I want it too much (too much)
I wanna taste you, but your lips are venomous poison

You’re poison runnin through my veins
You’re poison, I don’t wanna break these chains.

Your mouth, so hot
Your web, I’m caught
Your skin, so wet
Black lace on sweat

I hear you callin and it’s needles and pins (and pins)
I wanna hurt you just to hear you screaming my name
Don’t wanna touch you, but you’re under my skin (deep in)
I wanna kiss you, but your lips are venomous poison

You’re poison runnin through my veins
You’re poison, I don’t wanna break these chains
Poison

One look (one look), could kill (could kill),
My pain, your thrill.

I wanna love you, but I better not touch (don’t touch)
I wanna hold you, but my senses tell me to stop
I wanna kiss you, but I want it too much (too much)
I wanna taste you, but your lips are venomous poison

You’re poison runnin through my veins
You’re poison, I don’t wanna break these chains
Poison

I wanna love you, but I better not touch (don’t touch)
I wanna hold you, but my senses tell me to stop
I wanna kiss you, but I wanna too much (too much)
I wanna taste you, but your lips are venomous poison

Yeah
Well I don’t wanna break these chains
Poison

Runnin deep inside my veins
Burnin deep inside my veins
Poison
I don’t wanna break these chains

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