NFL PREVIEW: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (11-1) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (8-4)
December 4, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (11-1) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (8-4)
SEAHAWKS: Are 11-1 for 1st time & clinched playoff spot…Have won past 2 vs. SF, outscoring 49ers 71-16…QB RUSSELL WILSON has 22 wins in 1st 2 seasons, tied for most in SB era…In past 4 meetings, RB MARSHAWN LYNCH has rushed for 419 yards (104.8 per game) with 4 TDs & has 2 rec. TDs. Aims for 3rd in row vs. SF with rush & rec. TD. Since Nov. 2011, leads NFL with 3,501 rush yards & 29 rush TDs…WR-PR GOLDEN TATE is only player in NFL with 600+ rec. (645) & 400+ PR (418) yards. WR DOUG BALDWIN has 4 TDs in 5 meetings…Team has 27 takeaways, most in NFL. In past 3 meetings, CB RICHARD SHERMAN has 2 INTs, FF & returned blocked FG 90 yards for TD. Since entering NFL in 2011, leads NFL with 16 INTs. S EARL THOMAS is only NFL player with 80+ tackles (81), 4+ INTs (4) & 2+ FFs (2). Had INT in last meeting. DE CLIFF AVRIL had sack & FF last week, returned for TD by DE MICHAEL BENNETT. Since 2011, Avril is 1 of 3 in NFL with 25+ sacks (28) & 10+ FF (12). Has 5.5 sacks in past 6…
49ERS: QB COLIN KAEPERNICK has 123.1 rating in past 2. Incl. playoffs, when Kaepernick starts & has 100+ rating, 49ers are 10-0…RB FRANK GORE has 2 best rushing performances in franchise history, both vs. Sea. (212 on 11/19/06 & 207 on 9/20/09)…Since 2009 (incl. playoffs), TE VERNON DAVIS leads NFL TEs with 46 TDs. Has 8 TDs in past 9. WR ANQUAN BOLDIN has 4 100-yard games in career vs. Sea. Has 14 catches for 192 yards (96 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2. WR MICHAEL CRABTREE had 60-yard catch last week…LB NA VORRO BOWMAN leads team with 109 tackles. Has 46 tackles & 2 sacks in past 4 meetings. LB PATRICK WILLIS had career-long 86-yard INT-TD vs. Sea. on 9/14/08. Since entering NFL in 2007, is only player with 18+ sacks (19.5), 15+ FF (16) & 7+ INTs (7). LB AHMAD BROOKS has 5 sacks in past 4. Had sack in Week 2. LB ALDON SMITH has 4 sacks in past 4 vs. Sea. Rookie S ERIC REID had INT in last meeting. Is only NFC player with 3 INTs & 2 FR. CB TRAMAINE BROCK leads team with 4 INTs & 10 PD.