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San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks: A Prospector's Guide

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For those that forgot, we do actually have a game to play this weekend.  As I said in the Singletary post, I have no idea what to expect.  Of course that also will make for some craziness in the prediction contest.  In the meantime, here's the initial look at the matchup.

The 49ers host the Seahawks in what will be the 20th contest between the two teams in the series, dating back to 1976. The Seahawks hold a 10-9 advantage over the 49ers, having lost to the 49ers in Week 2 of this season, 33-30. In that game, San Francisco overcame a 14-point first quarter deficit to eventually win in overtime after PK Joe Nedney nailed a 40-yard game-winning field goal. QB J.T. O’Sullivan registered his first 300-yard game, finishing 20-of-32 for 321 yards with one touchdown, while WR Isaac Bruce had his first 100-yard receiving game as a member of the 49ers with 153 yards on four catches.

The 49ers are looking to break a four-game losing streak after dropping a 29-17 contest last week against the New York Giants. Three costly turnovers, a fumble that rolled out of the end zone for a safety and 13 penalties helped lead the New York Giants to victory. The Giants scored 10 points off two turnovers inside the San Francisco 20-yard line, and QB J.T. O’Sullivan was intercepted in the end zone at the end of the half on a drive that could have tied the game at 17-17.

The Seahawks travel to San Francisco in hopes of breaking their own losing streak of three after falling to the Bucs 20-10 last week.

After the jump, we've got a recap of the last season's matchup, along with some facts and stats about the teams...

The San Francisco 49ers overcame a 14-point first quarter deficit to win 33-30 in overtime after PK Joe Nedney nailed a 40-yard game-winning field goal. After closing the gap to 20-13 at halftime, the 49ers intercepted Seattle on the first two drives of the second quarter, including one that was returned for a touchdown.

On the first series of the second half, CB Walt Harris tipped a QB Matt Hasselbeck pass that was picked off and returned 86 yards for a touchdown by LB Patrick Willis to tie the game at 20-20. On the next series, DE Ray McDonald tipped a pass that was intercepted by Harris at the Seattle 41-yard line to help set up the go-ahead touchdown. QB J.T. O’Sullivan completed back-to-back passes to WR Bryant Johnson to move the 49ers to the 22-yard line to help get into position for a two-yard touchdown run by RB Frank Gore to lift the 49ers in front, 27-20. Seattle responded with a 15-play, 74-yard drive that ended in a touchdown to tie the game at 27-27.

After both teams exchanged field goals to get the score tied at 30-30, the 49ers forced Seattle to punt from its own 12-yard line and the 49ers began a drive at the Seattle 49-yard line with 1:09 to play in regulation. The team moved to the 23-yard line with three seconds to play to set up a game-winning field goal attempt. Nedney’s 41-yard attempt sailed wide to the right to send the game to overtime. The 49ers won the toss and elected to receive. O’Sullivan completed a 33-yard pass to WR Isaac Bruce on third-and-seven and a fi ve-yard pass to WR Arnaz Battle on a third-and-two situation to push the 49ers to the 23-yard line where Nedney connected on a 40-yard field goal to give San Francisco the win.

O’Sullivan registered his first 300-yard game, finishing 20-of-32 for 321 yards with one touchdown. Bruce had his first 100-yard game as a member of the 49ers with 153 yards on four catches, including a 63-yard catch in the second quarter to help get the 49ers in position for O’Sullivan’s three-yard touchdown pass to Johnson. Seattle jumped to a 14-0 first quarter after taking advantage of two miscues by the 49ers. LB Manny Lawson blocked a Seattle punt early in the game, however Seattle recovered the loose ball and converted it into a first down inside San Francisco territory on a drive that ended with a Seattle touchdown. On the next series, Seattle forced Gore to fumble deep in Seahawks territory on a play that resulted in a 10-yard touchdown return by DT Craig Terrill.

2008 Statistics

49ers (rank) Seahawks (rank)
22.6 (17th) Points Per Game 18.3 (25th)
29..4 (24th) Total Offense Per Game 258.3 (28th)
102.4 (21st) Rushing Yards Per Game 102.4 (21st)
197.0 (18th) Net Passing Yards Per Game 126.8 (18th)
28:10 (26th) Possession Average 26:02 (31st)
28.0 (28th) Opp. Points Per Game 28.5 (29th)
339.4 (23rd) Opp. Total Offense Per Game 363.5 (27th)
122.4 (23rd) Opp. Rushing YPG 121.3 (21st)
217.0 (18th) Opp. Net Passing YPG 242.2 (29th)
-8 (t-31st) Turnover Differential -6 (t-29th)