5 Keys To A San Francisco 49ers Victory On Sunday
San Francisco 49ers' 5 Keys To Victory On Sunday
The San Francisco 49ers face their fourth straight road game, having won the first three. This time though, they get the dubious task of taking their show to the “Clink,” where the Seattle Seahawks have only lost once in two seasons. The Seahawk fans are known as the 12th man because they are the loudest crowd in the NFL. In order for the 49ers to get back to the Super Bowl again, they will have to be hitting on all cylinders.
When playing the Seahawks in Seattle, there are so many things to take into consideration. You have to start with the loudest crowd noise in the NFL. The crowd noise is so loud that they register on the Richter Scale. That is loud. It makes it so difficult to call an audible at the line because it is just not audible. These factors come into play before the ball is even snapped.The Niners have won eight of their last nine on the road, but lost at Seattle early in the season by a whopping 29-3.
After, the play is snapped, the Niners will have to perform better in the trenches than they did at Seattle last time. They will need to give Colin Kaepernick standing upright and help Frank Gore and company run the ball with success. These are both so important to San Francisco scoring enough to beat Seattle. It will be important for the Seattle defense to not be allowed to swallow up all the 49ers receivers.
On defense, the 49ers will need to wrangle Marshawn Lynch and keep Russell Wilson in the pocket. These are easier said than done, but are necessary for a shot at victory. The Niners' defense will need to create turnovers, as the one that wins the turnover battle generally wins the game.
Now, let's take a look at the five keys for a 49ers victory against the Seahawks.
5. Must Find A Way To Contain Beast Mode
The fifth key for victory is San Francisco’s ability to contain Marshawn Lynch. If Lynch can get on track this Sunday, it will open things up for Russell Wilson, who frankly has not been playing all that well as of late. Seattle relies heavily on the run, so it is imperative that the 49ers contain Lynch and force the Seahawks to win via the pass.
4. Wide Receivers Have To Get Separation
My fourth key to a 49ers victory Sunday is the ability for the 49ers' receivers to get separation from the likes of Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas III and company, however, this is much easier said than done. The Seahawks' secondary is big, fast, intimidating and instinctive. Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis may not match up well, but they have to find a way. Michael Crabtree has to use his great hands and route running ability to create havoc.
3. Colin Kaepernick Needs To Use His Legs With Success
Colin Kaepernick is a big key to the 49ers being successful against the Seahawks, because he is a double threat, passing and running. If Kaepernick can find a way to use his legs for quality gains when the opportunities arise, San Francisco can beat the Seahawks in their house, crowd and all. San Francisco has to keep the Seattle defense off balance. If you let them get their heels dug in at home, you are in for a long day.
2. Frank Gore Must Run Well
The next key to a San Francisco victory on Sunday is their ability to run the football. Frank Gore needs to have a good day running the ball inside, while Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James can keep the Seahawks honest on the outside. If San Francisco can run the ball, it will take pressure off Kaepernick and loosen up that ferocious Seattle secondary just a bit.
1. Offensive Line Must Win Battle In The Trenches
First and foremost, San Francisco must control the offensive line. This is the most important of my keys for success. Last time these two teams met in Seattle, the 49ers got blown off the ball all day long and the Seahawks were only sending three or four. Colin Kaepernick had no time to check down and the Seahawks pinched down on the short throws that he was able to get off. This resulted in a beat down in the favor of Seattle by a score of 29-3. This time around, the 49ers must control the line and give Kaepernick an opportunity to play quarterback before he takes off and runs.