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Game of inches: 49ers beat Seahawks 26-21 after wild finish

After a hard-fought 2nd half, the San Francisco 49ers kept their game-long lead and beat the Seattle Seahawks 26-21.

The Seattle Seahawks faced the San Francisco 49ers Sunday in what was hailed as one of the juiciest matchups of the NFL's final week of the regular season. 

After a hard-fought 2nd half and wild finish, the 49ers beat the Seahawks 26-21. 

Seattle's first scoring play came when Russell Wilson connected with Tyler Lockett in the endzone in the 3rd quarter. Then Marshawn Lynch took a leap over several opposing players to score a touchdown in the 4th quarter. 

Wilson connected with Metcalf in the 4th quarter to narrow San Francisco's lead to 5 points. The final outcome came down to inches as the 49ers clinched the NFC West division title. 

Seahawks tight end Jacob Hollister was stopped by Dre Greenlaw on fourth-and-goal just inches short of the goal line. San Francisco claimed its first division title since 2012 and wrapped up home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs by silencing a crowd that showed up looking for a division title and to celebrate the return of Marshawn Lynch. San Francisco will have a bye, while Seattle will play the Eagles in Philadelphia to open the playoffs.  

The Seahawks will face the Philadelphia Eagles on the road at 1:40 p.m. Seattle time on Sunday, Jan. 5. You can watch the game on KING 5 in the Seattle/Tacoma region. 

Marshawn Lynch was back big-time in Sunday's game, although was sidelined for the game's final plays. 

"It's a great feeling to be back. Thank you," Lynch said during a Christmas Eve news conference with coach Pete Carroll announcing his return to the Seahawks.

Lynch returned along with Robert Turbin after injuries to Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny created a void in the backfield.

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