Harbaugh wins NFL debut 33-17 over Seahawks

September 11, 2011 - 7:55 PM
Seahawks 49ers Football

San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks defensive back Kam Chancellor (31) as linebacker K.J. Wright (50) closes in the second quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ted Ginn Jr. returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns in a minute's span late in the fourth quarter, and the San Francisco 49ers gave Jim Harbaugh a 33-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in his much-hyped NFL debut and renewed coaching rivalry with Pete Carroll.

Ginn ran a kickoff back 102 yards moments after the defending NFC West champion Seahawks had closed within 19-17. It was the second-longest kick return at home and fourth-longest in team history.

Alex Smith exhibited the poise and polish Harbaugh believed the 2005 No. 1 overall pick still had in him despite recent history, going 15 for 20 for 124 yards and running for a 1-yard TD. David Akers kicked four field goals in his first game with San Francisco.

New Seattle QB Tarvaris Jackson threw a late 55-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin, who played for Harbaugh at Stanford.