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NFL: Seahawks shut out 49ers, stay ahead of Cardinals

AFP , SEATTLE

Fans exhort the Seattle Seahawks during second half action of their game against the San Francisco 49ers in Seattle, Washington, on Monday.

PHOTO: EPA

Matt Hasselbeck threw a pair of touchdown passes as the Seattle Seahawks dominated by beating the struggling San Francisco 49ers 24-0 on Monday.

Backup running back Maurice Morris rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown as Seattle (5-4) maintained a one-game lead over Arizona in the NFC West standings.

"I just tried to get completions and be smart with the ball," Hasselback said. "We can play better. We are better than our record."

San Francisco suffered their seventh consecutive defeat under coach Mike Nolan, who was on the sideline one day after the death of his father, Dick Nolan, the longtime San Francisco coach who died on Sunday at age 75.

San Francisco did not get a first down until the final play of the first half and during the seven-game losing streak, the Niners have scored just 67 points.

Hasselback had to be on his game Monday with star running back Shaun Alexander injured.

The nine-year veteran National Football League quarterback delivered even though he was without wide receiver Deion Branch, who skipped the game with an injury.

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