» The Seahawks have won two straight for the first time this season.
» The Seahawks are 4-2 at home this season.
» The 49ers are 1-5 on the road this season and have lost five straight away from Candlestick Park. Their five road losses have all been by six points or fewer.
» The 49ers converted one of 13 third-down attempts.
"In every situation, we just found a way to screw it up," 49ers coach Mike Singletary said. "Teams that talk about going to the playoffs can't do that."
Smith, who didn't have a 300-yard passing day in his first 38 NFL games, threw for 310 yards in the 49ers' new pass-happy offense. The No. 1 overall pick in 2005, reinstalled as San Francisco's starter in October, completed 27 of 45 throws and had two touchdown passes.
Yet San Francisco regretted all its blown chances:
» Incompletions on third and fourth downs from the Seattle 1 in the opening quarter.
» A fumble on a punt-return reverse botched by Arnaz Battle and Brandon Jones.
» Davis having Smith's would-be touchdown pass zip through his hands and off his facemask in the end zone while down 17-14 late in the game.
"I didn't know who he was throwing to," Davis said.
San Francisco learned its pass-heavy approach has its drawbacks -- unless you are a Seahawk dreading the task of stopping Gore.
He had averaged 160 yards from scrimmage in his previous seven games against Seattle. His career high of 212 yards in 2006? Yep, that came against the Seahawks.
"Any time you play a team that rushes for almost 300 yards, why not do that again -- or at least attempt to?" Curry said.
The final quarter was full of misfires, epitomizing the mild, mild West.
Four consecutive completions by Matt Hasselbeck, three to T.J. Houshmandzadeh, got Seattle to the San Francisco 40 with 1:19 left. Then came the game's fourth negative-yardage completion, a screen pass to Julius Jones destroyed by Willis for a 5-yard loss.
Hasselbeck bent over in disbelief, and Seattle punted for the 10th time.
But the 49ers went three-passes-and-out from their own 11. Seattle safety Deon Grant dropped the last throw at midfield.
Hasselbeck said Butler isn't even one of the first five options on what the Seahawks call an "alert" play. As Hasselbeck explained it: "Hey, listen, you'll probably never get this ball, but be alert."
But when the 49ers cheated a safety to the other side of the field where three wide receivers were and Smith played up on Butler, Hasselbeck knew Butler was his choice.
The oldest Seahawk just shrugged.
"I get paid to make field goals," the 36-year-old said. NOTES: Smith had 183 yards midway through the second quarter as San Francisco threw the ball on 21 of its first 24 plays. ... Mare has made 21 of 23 field goals this season. He is 45 for 50 since joining Seattle before 2008.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press