Seahawks fall to 49ers, 19-17, on last-minute field goal


December 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers kicker Phil Dawson (9) kicks the game-winning field goal out of the hold by punter Andy Lee (4) against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Seahawks 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Phil Dawson kicked a 22-yard field goal with 31 seconds left in regulation to help the San Francisco 49ers beat the Seahawks, 19-17, on Sunday at Candlestick Park.

The Seahawks were denied the opportunity to clinch the NFC West and a first round bye, losing to the 49ers in San Francisco for the fifth consecutive year.

Dawson was 4-for-4 on field goal attempts, two of which came in the first quarter to give San Francisco an early 6-0 lead.

In the second, Marshawn Lynch rushed for a touchdown to make it a 7-6 game. Lynch finished the game with 72 yards on 20 carries.

The 49ers countered with another field goal before Russell Wilson hit Luke Willson for a 39-yard score. Though Willson only had three catches, he finished with 70 reception yards, which led the Seahawks.

With six seconds left in the first half, Colin Kaepernick threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis to give San Francisco a 16-14 lead at the break. Kaepernick was held in check by the Seahawks defense, going 15-for-29 for 175 yards, the touchdown and an interception.

Netiher team scored in the third quarter, but Steven Hauschka, who leads the league in field goal completion percentage, kicked a 31-yard field goal with just over six minutes left in the fourth quarter to give Seattle a 17-16 lead.

The 49ers countered with an 11-play, 76-yard drive that set up Dawson’s fourth field goal of the game. It was the game-winner.

Russell Wilson finished with 199 passing yards but threw an interception with 17 seconds left in the game that ended Seattle’s hopes of a last-second comeback attempt.

The Seahawks fell to 11-2 with the loss but still hold a two-game lead in the NFC West. They will hit the road again next week to take on the New York Giants (5-8) on Dec. 15.