Akers kicks 4 FGs, 49ers hold off Seahawks 19-17

By TIM BOOTH | December 24, 2011 | 7:47 PM EST

San Francisco 49ers' David Akers kicks a field goal against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half of an NFL football game Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Kevin Casey)

SEATTLE (AP) — David Akers kicked four field goals, including a 39-yarder with 2:57 left to give San Francisco the lead, and the 49ers held on for a 19-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday.

Larry Grant sealed the win by forcing Tarvaris Jackson's fumble that was recovered by Donte Whitner with 1:07 left. San Francisco, which already clinched the NFC West, remained in position for the No. 2 seed in the conference and a first-round playoff bye.

Akers set an NFL record with his 42nd field goal of the season. Frank Gore had a 4-yard touchdown run on the 49ers' first drive of the second half.

Marshawn Lynch scored on a 4-yard run with 6:41 left to give Seattle a 17-16 lead. It was the first touchdown rushing allowed by San Francisco this season and his 11th straight game with a score.