SEATTLE — For the first time since 2019, the San Francisco 49ers are the NFC West division champions.
And although Lumen Field has been their home of horror for the past decade and more, it’s also been their two most recent hat-and-t-shirt celebrations.
Meanwhile, the Niners clinched the NFC West with an impressive 21-13 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night. In the year As they claimed the division crown in 2019, that clinic happened in Seattle as well.
With Thursday’s win, the Niners improved to 10-4 on the season and won their seventh straight, their longest winning streak of 2019 after an eight-game tear. It was the first time the 49ers had clinched the division since 2011. Cannot finish lower than the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs.
It’s also the first time San Francisco has swept the Seahawks in a single season since 2011.
Playing without wide receiver Daybo Samuels (left knee, ankle) and quarterback Brook Purdy with rib and hamstring injuries, the Niners turned to star Christian McCaffrey to do most of the heavy lifting on the way to Thursday’s clinic. .
McCaffrey had 19 catches for 87 yards and a touchdown in the first half, the second-most touchdowns in an opening half of his career. He finished with 32 touches for 138 yards, the fifth game with 100-plus scrimmage yards, making him the second-half acquisition to hit that number, joining Eric Dickerson, who had such games with the 1987 Indianapolis Colts. Sports office.
Purdy, who was listed as questionable this week and limited to three practices, completed 17-of-26 touchdown passes for 217 yards, tying George Kittle for a 117.0 passer rating.