SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Just under three minutes remained in the 49ers’ 28-16 victory Sunday when a melee broke out, befitting of their rivalry with the frustrated and overwhelmed Seattle Seahawks.
Linebacker Fred Warner had made an acrobatic interception, Seahawks receiver D.K. Metcalf repeatedly grabbed Warner’s facemask in response, and cornerback Deommodore Lenoir rushed to the scene with a haymaker.
Well, at least no security chief on the sideline was involved in this scuffle, unlike last Sunday’s fracas in Philadelphia that got 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw ejected and the Eagles’ bodyguard bounced. After this game’s fight to the finish, Metcalf and Lenoir got booted for their actions.
Say this about the first-place 49ers, they sure know how to get under opponents’ skin while clocking them into submission. The 49ers (10-3) stretched their NFC West lead to four games, with four regular-season games remaining and the NFC’s No. 1 playoff seed still within reach.
“If we handle business and take it one week at a time, who doesn’t want to play with the first seed and home-field advantage?” quarterback Brock Purdy said.
The 49ers are playing like the NFL’s hottest team, and their cadre of offensive stars pumped out hefty numbers in Sunday’s fifth straight win.
— Deebo Samuel scored two touchdowns and 149 receiving yards, after last Sunday’s touchdown hat trick. Best year ever? “It’s been very good. It’s not done yet. Lot more football to play,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. “We’ll see at the end of the year. Deebo came into the season ready to go.”
— NFL rushing leader Christian McCaffrey produced his fifth 100-yard rushing game this season, with a 72-yard run on the game’s first snap highlighting his 145-yard output.
— Brandon Aiyuk had his fifth 100-yard receiving game this season (126 yards, six catches). That put him over the 1,000-yard mark in back-to-back seasons.
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