TV Schedule: Sunday, Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: CenturyLink Field
Weather: High 50, Low 36
Line: Seattle (-3.5)
Playing the year as everyone’s favorite to win the Super Bowl, the Seattle Seahawks have been as exciting as any team out there. With a guy like Russell Wilson leading the way at quarterback, there is no shortage of talent on the team and the young quarterback could be an MVP candidate for the next handful of years. Wilson has passed for 3,357 yards and 26 touchdowns on the season while being one of the most elusive quarterbacks as well, rushing for 539 yards and a score. However, the wide out situation hasn’t been ideal as Percy Harvin has struggled to stay healthy and Golden Tate is the leading wide out with 898 yards and five scores. The run game, however, ranks fourth in the league as Marshawn Lynch had a monster game last week — Lynch has accounted for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns on the year.
With a rivalry seemingly renewed and stronger than ever, the San Francisco 49ers will be facing off against their biggest rival on the road on the big stage — a place where Colin Kaepernick seems to thrive. Kaepernick is 4-1 in the playoffs in his career and he seems to love the pressure. Although the 49ers had the third-worst passing offense in the league this season, Kaepernick still played well, passing for 3,197 yards and 21 touchdowns while proving to be extremely mobile, rushing for 524 yards and four touchdowns — eerily similar to Wilson. Vernon Davis has been a workhorse all season long at the tight end position, catching 52 passes for 850 yards and 13 touchdowns while Anquan Boldin leads the team with 85 catches for 1,179 yards and seven scores. Frank Gore has also been solid in the run game, accounting for 1,128 yards and nine touchdowns.
Defensively, the 49ers and Seahawks are two of the best units in the league. Seattle has quite possibly the best secondary in recent NFL history, ranking first in passing yards allowed, total yards allowed and points allowed per game. On the other side of the field, the 49ers have the third-best scoring defense, the fifth-best total defense and the seventh-best passing defense. This will be a low-scoring affair.
PREDICTION: 49ers 21, Seahawks 24
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