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49ers halftime report from Seattle: Kittel, Mitchell take 23-21 lead over Seahawks

SEATTLE — After a catastrophic injury to Trenton Cannon on early kickoff, here’s a quick recap of how the 49ers’ first half went on their way to a 23-21 lead in today’s visit to the Seattle Seahawks:

To lead

Who will fill the play-making void of the 49ers offense with Deebo Samuel inactive due to a groin injury? Well, that would be George Kittel (five catches, 121 yards, two touchdowns) and Eliza Mitchell (12 carries, 41 yards, one touchdown).

Kittel has scored two touchdowns, the latter coming on 48-yard, catch-and-tietrop-run down the left banker with the remainder of the 1:48 half.

Kittel pulled the 49ers into a 7-7 tie with a 24-yard touchdown, then had a 28-yard catch to the 8-yard line that drove Mitchell’s go-forward, 2-yard touchdown with 1:32 . Longest first quarter ever (seems to be). Kittel had the first 5-yard, end-around run in a nine-play, 54-yard drive.

The 49ers would need others to step forward, such as Trent Sherfield, who made a third-down conversion catch 2 1/2 minutes before halftime. Garopolo is 10-15 yards from 157 yards, with drops from Kittel and Brandon Ayuk.

secondary issues

You just knew that Russell Wilson would hit the 49ers deep at one point, and it came about 6 minutes before halftime. Wilson completed a 35-yard pass for 2 on third and 14. Security Jacquiew was shaken up on the tart play as he came late and was trying to help Demodore Lenore vs. DK Metcalf.

On the ensuing two snaps, Lenore was called for a pass interference in the end zone, then Adrian Peterson scored a 1-yard run to make it 17-14 with 5:35. Pietersen was signed last week. It was his 120th career rushing touchdown (the fourth-highest in NFL history) and 126th overall touchdown (with Jim Brown finishing 10th).

Lenoir fell victim again just before halftime, as he handed a 7-yard touchdown catch to d’Escridge, which reduced the 49ers’ lead to 23-21. That drive was promoted by Arden Key and rough-the-passer penalties by Charles Omenihu.

Lenoir was filling in for Emmanuel Moseley, who walked into the first quarter with an ankle injury and is doubtful for a return. Moseley corrected a fumble first and had tight coverage on the third-down pass that was caught out of bounds and thus ruled incomplete.

The Seahawks attempted a sneak attack against the 49ers secondary about eight minutes before halftime, only to see Wilson’s pile – after two flanks – go unfinished in the end zone. Credit to Jimmy Ward and Josh Norman for being close to Tyler Lockett in the trick play in which Lockett was injured.

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Wilson is 16-of-19 for only 111 yards.

seizure speed

DJ Jones turned the game around, first for Peterson to deal a 5-yard loss and then for a fumble on the next snap, with Moseley recovering the ball over the Seahawks’ 24-yard line.

The 49ers quickly turned that turnover into a touchdown: Jimmy Garoppolo completed a pass that seemed to hang in the air until he reached an open kittel, the end zone behind cornerbacks DJ Reed and Quandre Diggs. I was backpadding.

ugly blocking

Garoppolo threw an interception in the first quarter for the second straight game, and it was downright ugly as it went into the belly of linebacker Bobby Wagner, who fell in coverage for a pass to Trent Sherfield.

Contrary to the 49ers’ first takeaway, the Seahawks didn’t convert it to any point, as Jason Myers was short on a 56-yard field-goal effort.

pretty sack

Nick Bossa’s 12th sack this season resulted in Russell Wilson faltering and a 23-yard loss to the Seahawks on the field. Bossa blasted from the left bank, while DJ Jones and Eric Armstead also applied pressure.

The only players with more than 12 sacks to enter Sunday’s game were Miles Garrett (Brown; 14) and TJ Watt (Steelers; 12 1/2).

Eric Armstead’s third sack of the season came later in the first quarter which included 49 minutes.

somber start

Covering the opening kickoff, Trenton Cannon was seriously injured. The right side of his head and neck collided with Talanoa Hufanga’s leg.

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