SEAHAWKS 42

49ERS 27 Simplicity agrees with the Seattle Seahawks. Their stripped-down game plan was still too complicated for the San Francisco 49ers.

Darrell Jackson caught two long touchdown passes from Matt Hasselbeck, and Shaun Alexander rushed for 160 yards and two scores in the Seahawks' 42-27 road victory.

Jackson had five catches for 114 yards on a sprained ankle, and Koren Robinson also caught a touchdown pass for the Seahawks (5-3), who stayed atop the NFC West with their second victory following three straight losses. The 49ers fell to 1-7.

Coach Mike Holmgren stuck with the plan that stopped the skid last week against Carolina. He sacrificed much of his beloved West Coast gadgetry to keep his talented skill players working at a brisk pace in a straight-forward scheme.

"It's just like in my high school," Alexander said. "Our coaches said, 'You know what, if we can just run three plays well, we'll probably win the state championship. It's simple.' Of course, the NFL's a little complex, so we need maybe one more than three."

Seattle didn't need much trickery to extend the woeful 49ers' worst start since 1979.

"We all want to win, and this isn't much fun for anybody," said 49ers Coach Dennis Erickson.

The game marked the return of Seattle wide receiver Jerry Rice to San Francisco. He had one catch for five yards.

Antonio Cochran's sack of quarterback Tim Rattay contributes to the 49ers' loss, worst start since '79.