SAN FRANCISCO - The 49ers' game-sealing defensive play was made by a cornerback who at one point on Sunday appeared to get knocked out of the contest and perhaps next week's game against Tampa Bay as well.
During the third quarter, Eric Wright took a knee to the side of the helmet and, after staying on the ground for several minutes, had to be helped up and to the sideline. The 49ers said that Wright was being evaluated for a head injury and was questionable to return.
As Wright was being checked out, Darryl Morris, an undrafted rookie from Texas State, filled in when the 49ers were in their nickel defense. But Wright was back in the game in the decisive fourth quarter. And when Seahawks cornerback Russell Wilson heaved a desperation pass downfield with fewer than 20 second remaining in the game, it was Wright who leaped up and made the interception.
"We were in a unique style of defense that sort of protected the sideline a little bit more than other areas of the field," Wright said. "I was able to collapse from outside in, from deep to short, and to make the play."
Asked if he had suffered a concussion earlier in the game, Wright said, "No. I'd gotten shookenCQ up a little bit. And I just had to get cleared by the doctors to come back. They had to check it out and make sure everything was ok. I was good to go and went back out there and played."