After being the talk of the NFL the past month, the Seattle Seahawks are closing in on the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Seattle offense has been flawless and the defense has been impenetrable, but can the Seahawks live up to the hype down the stretch? The Seahawks are the clear favorite in the NFC at the moment, but which team has the best chance of derailing Seattle’s drive toward a Super Bowl?
There are many teams in the NFC that have the offensive firepower to keep up with the Seahawks, but the San Francisco 49ers are the only team capable of keeping up with the Seahawks on both sides of the ball. The defense of the 49ers ranks third against the pass and 11th against the run, but will the divisional foes meet up again in the playoffs? San Francisco’s offense has also caused problems for the Seahawks in the past. In last season’s visit to Candlestick Park, the Seahawks gave up 175 rushing yards in a 13-6 defeat.
Colin Kaepernick is 0-2 as the starting quarterback against the Seahawks, but both of those games were played in Seattle. Kaepernick has grown since those defeats and is now poised to lead the team down the stretch. The 49ers have arguably the most weapons on both sides of the ball in the NFC, but can San Francisco’s playmakers step up on the biggest stage?
The 49ers’ weapons and familiarity with the Seahawks give San Francisco the best chance of dethroning the top dog in the NFC. The two teams meet this week, but a playoff game of epic proportions looms in the not so distant future.
Greg Douglas is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google network.