SEATTLE (AP) -- Terrell Owens did it again, this time leaving his mark on the Seattle Seahawks.
San Francisco's brash Pro Bowl receiver caught a 37-yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter as the 49ers rallied for a 28-21 victory Monday night.
But that was only half of it.
After the catch, Owens whipped a pen from his sock and signed his name on the ball, a gift for a mutual friend of Owens and Shawn Springs, the Seattle cornerback who was beaten on the play.
"I just tried to be creative," Owens said. "I was just trying to have fun. It was a situation where I knew we would be going to the end zone in the fourth quarter."
Owens has made something of a notorious name for himself around the NFL.
Two years ago, he danced on the midfield star at Texas Stadium after scoring against the Cowboys. And his theatrics in Seattle were premeditated, since he slipped the pen into his sock after the third quarter.
"It was down there by my ankle," he explained.
Owens' TD gave the 49ers (4-1) a 26-21 lead with 7:46 remaining, and Jeff Garcia found Garrison Hearst for the 2-point conversion. As the 49ers celebrated later, they answered numerous questions about Owens' showmanship.
"That's just T.O. being very unique in ways that a lot of people wouldn't think about," Garcia said.
The Seahawks (1-4) are sinking despite a talented roster. Seattle had this one in hand, leading 21-20 and driving for another score when Ahmad Plummer intercepted a pass by Trent Dilfer with 10 minutes left.
"Anytime you lose, it stinks, especially on Monday night with a division game," said Seattle running back Shaun Alexander, who rushed for 96 yards. "We just have to finish. We do little things that stop us from being the best."
The 49ers moved to the Seattle 37, where Garcia found Owens down the left side. Springs had decent position, but Owens leaped to make the catch.
"It was a straight go, and Jeff gave me the opportunity," the 6-foot-3 Owens said. "We talked about it at halftime. It was basically a jump ball. I just used my height in that position."
The win kept San Francisco one game ahead of Arizona in the NFC West. The 49ers won the division 14 times between 1981 and 1997.
Seattle made plenty of solid plays but couldn't outperform the opponent. Bobby Engram returned a punt 61 yards for a TD, giving the Seahawks a 14-10 lead with 5:41 before halftime.
"I did the running, but I had guys out there blocking and fighting hard," he said.
The difference between the 49ers and Seahawks, though, was most apparent on San Francisco's first possession of the second half. A punt by Jeff Feagles pinned the 49ers at their own 1.
Garcia went to work, ignoring the crowd noise to direct a 12-play drive that ended when Kevan Barlow ran for a 6-yard touchdown to give the 49ers a 20-14 lead.
"We let them off the hook down there at the 1-yard line," Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said.
The Seahawks answered, with Alexander going 42 yards on the first play of the ensuing series. He capped a 76-yard drive on a 1-yard run with 1:11 left in the third quarter to make it 21-20.
But Owens wasn't finished. San Francisco took over after Dilfer's second interception and moved 68 yards in six plays. Just before the touchdown, Springs was called for illegal contact, giving the 49ers a first down at Seattle's 37.
"We just couldn't stop them when we had to," Seahawks linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski. "They were getting a good clip of yards on their first downs. That left them with second-and-short and kept us guessing."
San Francisco 10 3 7 8 -- 28
Seattle 7 7 7 0 -- 21
SF--FG Cortez 37, 10:06.
SF--Owens 8 pass from Garcia (Cortez kick), 6:50.
Sea--Strong 5 pass from Dilfer (Lindell kick), 1:45.
Sea--Engram 61 punt return (Lindell kick), 5:41.
SF--FG Cortez 29, 2:09.
SF--Barlow 6 run (Cortez kick), 5:29.
Sea--Alexander 1 run (Lindell kick), 1:11.
SF--Owens 37 pass from Garcia (Hearst pass from Garcia), 7:46.
First downs 24 24
Rushes-yards 31-161 30-123
Passing 190 211
Punt Returns 0-0 1-61
Kickoff Returns 4-68 6-122
Interceptions Ret. 2-8 0-0
Comp-Att-Int 16-29-0 21-31-2
Sacked-Yards Lost 2-12 1-1
Punts 3-38.0 2-43.5
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-0
Penalties-Yards 8-51 10-80
Time of Possession 29:31 30:29
RUSHING--San Francisco, Barlow 12-68, Garcia 7-48, Hearst 10-41, Beasley 2-4. Seattle, Alexander 25-96, Dilfer 3-21, Strong 2-6.
PASSING--San Francisco, Garcia 16-29-0-202. Seattle, Dilfer 21-31-2-212.
RECEIVING--San Francisco, Owens 6-84, Streets 4-66, Hearst 3-33, Wilson 2-18, Beasley 1-1. Seattle, Engram 6-85, D.Jackson 5-53, Alexander 4-25, Robinson 2-24, Mili 2-16, Strong 2-9.
MISSED FIELD GOALS--Seattle, Lindell 36 (WL), 57 (WL).
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